Let There Be Light

Religion is taught in many ways

By: Thomas L. Schenk
Grand Master of Masons in New Mexico

Thomas L. Schenk Grand Master of Masons in New Mexico

Not long ago an English schoolmaster, a veteran in that high service, was asked:

“Where in your timetable do you teach religion?” He replied:

“We teach it in arithmetic by accuracy.”

“We teach it in language by learning to say what we mean.”

“We teach it in history by humanity.”

“We teach it in geography by breadth of mind.”

“We teach it on the playground by fair play.”

“We teach it in kindness to animals, by courtesy to servants, by good manners to one another and by truthfulness in all things.”

“We teach it by showing the children that we, their elders, are their friends, and not their enemies.”

Freemasonry is not a Religion, nor should it be a substitute for religion, it is, however, Spiritual.

Freemasonry is a completely tolerant organization.

When Freemasonry accepts a Christian, or a Jew, or a Buddhist, or a Muslim, it does not accept him as such, but accepts him as a Man, worthy to be received into the masonic fraternity.

We do not apply a theological test to the candidate.

We do ask a man if he believes in God, and that is the only religious test. Belief in God is faith: belief about God is theology. As freemasons we are interested in faith only, not in theology.

Religion should not be discussed at masonic meetings, functions or gatherings, for it is not religion that draws us together; but rather faith.

Freemasonry stands for the values that are supreme in the life of the church and expects each memberto follow his own faith and to place his duty to God above allother duties.

We are sure that a member who is true to the principles and the teachings that he learns in Freemasonry will be better in life because of it.

My humble opinion.

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