A MASONIC CREED
Freemasonry teaches the universal
principle of unselfish friendship and promotes those moral
precepts which are in keeping with all great faiths. In pursuing
this doctrine, the following, though not exclusive, is
considered to be basic:
Mankind was created by one
This one God is the author of
God's existence it revealed to
man through faith and the Book of Holy Scriptures.
The Book of Holy Scriptures is
the Ultimate Authority or Great Light of Freemasonry.
The soul of man is immortal.
Man's commitment to Divine
Providence determines his destiny.
Man's reverence for God is
best exemplified by his actions toward his fellow man.
Considering the universality
of Freemasonry, its teachings cannot be defined in any
single statement or established profile. The following is
considered to be representative of its fundamental precepts
and constitutes basic:
Man's first duty is to love and
revere God, implore His aid in all laudable undertakings, and
seek His guidance through prayer, embrace and practice the
tenets of religion, extend charity and sympathy to all mankind,
shield and support the widow and orphan, defend virtue, respect
the aged, honor the bonds of friendship, protect the helpless,
lift up the oppressed, comfort the downcast, restore dignity to
the rejected, respect the laws of government, promote morality,
and add to the common stock of knowledge and understanding.
E. Dean Osborne 33°