What Do We Believe?
Masons believe in a real, personal, and active God. While Masonry does not require belief in a particular God, it does require a Mason to believe in a supreme God, however conceived by the individual Mason. Additionally, it is the responsibility of each Mason to discover that God more perfectly and to conform to the highest moral precepts and virtues of that God. Masonry is not a religion, though it requires and encourages religious belief, and though it often expresses its own principles in religious and other symbols.
Masonry exists for three fundamental purposes: to promote and reinforce personal development through adherence to moral principle; to responsibly assist and relieve those in distress; and to foster genuine friendship and cooperation among all people and in every nation. As such, masonic principles reinforce several fundamental religious precepts.
To invoke the blessing of God before engaging in any great or important undertaking. In so doing, the Mason is constantly reminded of his own weakness and limitation, that wholeness and success are not innately his, and that all his doings are superintended by the watchful eye and sovereign will of the supreme God in whom he professes belief.
To regard all men for their quality of character rather than their material and external manifestations. Masons recognize that we live in a very imperfect world, that the good are not always rewarded, that the upright are not always prosperous, that the wise are not always in positions of influence, and that too often it is the base who are promoted, the unscrupulous who are enriched, and the foolish who hold the levers of power. In such a world of contradiction, Masons are taught not to look at the outward appearance or social station of men and women, but to look into the minds and hearts of others as expressed in the rectitude of their intentions and the uprightness of their conduct.
To be charitable by responsibly contributing to the relief of those in distress or less fortunate than one's self. Because Masons believe in the undivided brotherhood of mankind, we are ever mindful that thoughtful and active care for others is not merely a moral excellence but also the individual expression of our solidarity with all men everywhere in our fundamental human dignity.
Because Masons believe these things, they are often thoughtful, industrious, caring, outgoing, and fun. But Masons are more. Masons are examples of what devotion to moral excellence and sterling character can do in one's own life, the lives of family members, the communities in which they live, their nations at large, and around the world in general. Masons demonstrate that true success is within everyone's reach, no matter their circumstance, their education, their social station, their national origin, or any other external manifestation.
If you believe these things, if you aspire to these things, then perhaps you have just discovered what each Mason has discovered: that they were first prepared in their heart before becoming a Mason in fact. If this is you, we invite you to discover a little more.