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This article was written by Michael Fox, owner of Fox Jewelry, a business dedicated to the sale of Masonic Rings, Masonic accessories and other fraternal jewelry. Fox Jewelry offers the largest selection of Masonic Rings and other Masonic Jewelry anywhere.
Masons do use ritual in meetings. There is always an altar or table with the Volume of the Sacred Law open if a lodge is meeting. Oftentimes, people have confused Masonry with a religion, but it is not a religion. Religion does however plays a very important part in Masonry. A person who wants to become a Mason must have a belief in God. An atheist is not allowed to become a Mason.
Lodge meetings open with prayer, and a Mason is taught, that one should pray for divine counsel and guidance before starting an important undertaking. That does not however make Masonry a “religion.”
Often time’s people confuse Masonry with a religion because some Masonic buildings are called “temples.” Masons use the word “temple” because a Masonic lodge is a symbol of the Temple of Solomon. Masonry is not a religion just because its members meet in a “temple.”
Masons believe in the importance of religion. Masonry encourages every Mason to be active in the religion and church of his own choice. Masonry teaches that without religion a man is alone and lost, and that without religion, he can never reach his full potential.
Freemasonry does not tell a person which religion he should practice or how he should practice it. That is between the individual and God. That is the function of his house of worship, not his fraternity. And Masonry is a fraternity, not a religion.
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