Freemasonary Research Paper

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Some would say freemasonry is a religion, some would say it is a cult; other would say it is a secret society and it is they worship the devil. Strange isn’t it, I would say so that one organization would cause so much confusion and all the attention and especially with the church. The church is more of a religious thing, it is a place where you go to worship and give praise in what you believe your religion is a way of life and what you believe in and live by that belief by putting forth good actions or the deeds that you are required to do. For example in Christianity in order to be saved you first have to confess your sins, ask for forgiveness, and believe that Jesus died for your sins. ...view middle of the document...

But to brief up this history we do know that on June 24th 1717 was when four lodges out of London, England came together at the Goose and Gridiron Ale House in St Paul’s churchyard , they formed themselves a Grand Lodge and elected a Grand Master (Anthony Sayer) and Gran Wardens. So the fact is that “organized” freemasonry began in the year of 1717. But to simply answer the question when did freemasonry truly began, no one will ever be able to give you that true answer because no one truly knows. Freemason beliefs are very simple they believe that mankind was created by God, that God is the author of all life, that the soul of a man in immortal, a man’s commitment to Divine Providence determines his destiny. Those are just a few there are many other but those are the main ones.
Freemasons mission is community service they just want to serve their communities by first acting as a man, and taking care of their community. They focus on brotherhood by having unselfish friendship and bonds that last a lifetime. Their first duty is to love and revere God (or the higher being they believe in), implore HIS aide in all laudable undertakings, always seek his guidance and wisdom by extending charity and sympathy to all mankind. Taking a quote from E. Dean Osbourne 33rd degree, “Masons are to shield and support the widow and orphan, defend virtue, respect aged, honor bonds of friendship, protect the helpless, lift up the oppressed, comfort the downcast, restore the dignity to the rejected, respect the laws of the government, promote morality, and add to the common stock of knowledge and understanding.” (Excerpt taken off of www.waco92.org) That is a lot to ask for in one organization but based on what I gathered from speaking with some other masons, that is part of becoming a better man. If you think about it all other Greek or college fraternities are all based on masonic order, I know that is where all African American College Greek fraternities are based from. Where is this coming from well is you research any college fraternal organization you would see that the founders of these organizations are freemason, for example the fraternity Phi beta Sigma the founders A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F Morse, are masons although they had 3 men that founded the organization 2 of them are masons.. In the fraternity of Omega psi Phi two out of four of their founders are masons. When I reviewed their principles the first thing that stood out under both organizations was manhood, perseverance, uplift and also the main one of them all brotherhood. That sounds very familiar doesn’t it? Even with Phi Beta Sigma, they founded their sister sorority, just like the masons founded the eastern stars, but the questions to ask here is why don’t the church consider these types of organization to be a cult or religion? Is it that because most of the time you pledge those organizations when you are in college? If that is the case then the argument to that can be that you can...

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