The Three Great Principles
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:
- Brotherly Love – Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
- Relief – Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
- Truth – Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.
The Essential Qualification for Membership
The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership of Freemasonry is a belief in a Supreme Being.
Freemasonry and Religion
Freemasonry is not a religion neither is it a substitute for religion. It has no theology, teaches no route to salvation and offers no sacraments. Freemasonry is a multi-cultural organisation, and is open to all men who can fulfill the essential qualification. They must be of good repute, and are encouraged to follow their own particular faith according to their conscience and individual beliefs.
Freemasonry and Society
Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives. Its principles do not in any way conflict with its members’ duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities. The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else’s business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the conditions on which he sought admission.
His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who as acted dishonourably or unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.
Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics and religion at Masonic meetings is forbidden.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of young persons, the sick, aged and disadvantaged. This work continues today.