From the Wise Master (March 2020)

posted Feb 28, 2020, 1:24 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

I begin by reminding everyone to make their reservations for our March stated meeting Dinner. We will be honoring our Lodge Masters for the year 2019. Let's give them a warm welcome. The food is always great and the friendships we share equally great.

In this month's Rite Word, I would like to quote a few statements on Freemasonry and Religion. It was prepared by the Masonic Service Association of North America.

Basic Principles------- Freemasonry is not a Religion, nor is it a substitute for Religion. It requires of its members a belief in God as part of the obligation of every responsible adult, but advocates no sectarian faith or practice. Freemasonry is open to men of any faith.

The Supreme Being ------- Masons believe that there is one God and that people employ many different ways to seek, and to express what they know of God. Masonry believes in religious freedom and that the relationship between the individual and God is personal, private, and sacred

Volume of the Scared Law------- An open volume of the Scared Law is an essential part of every Masonic meeting. The volume of the Scared Law in the Judeo/Christian tradition is the Bible; to Freemasons of other faiths, it is the book held holy by them.

The Oath of Freemasonry------- The obligations taken by Freemasons are sworn on the volume of the Sacred Law. They are undertakings to follow the principles of Freemasonry and to keep confidential a Freemason's means of recognition.

Freemasonry compared with Religion------- Freemasonry lacks the basic elements of Religion, no dogma or theology, no Sacraments. The secrets of freemasonry are concerned with modes of recognition, not with the means of salvation.


Freemasonry Supports Religion------- Without interfering in religious practice it expects each member to follow his own faith and to place his duty to God above all other duties.