Fatherhood of God
Brotherhood of Man
The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man
are foundational teachings of Freemasonry.
Those phrases are often carved in the stonework of Masonic temples. A glimpse of the
Masonic concept of God is provided by examining those phrases.
What does Freemasonry mean by the
Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man?
Masonry teaches that there is one God and men of all religions worship that one God
using a variety of different names. The Masonic belief in monotheism is explained in the
1993 Edition of the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide:
Monotheism is the sole dogma of Freemasonry. Belief in one God is required of every
initiate, but his conception of the Supreme Being is left to his own interpretation.
Freemasonry is not concerned with theological distinctions. This is the basis of our
Opening the Doors to Freemasonry is a leaflet distributed by
the Grand Lodge of Indiana. It asks the question, "What are the requirements for
membership?", and answers that a person seeking admission must be a man. It
Further, he must profess his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, by what ever
name he may be known.
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, by Manly Palmer Hall, explains
Masonic teaching further:
The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his
lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, the name
means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every
shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with
his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth.
The Grand Lodge of Louisiana supports Hall's explanation with these words from 1980
printing of The Louisiana Monitor:
To the altar of Freemasonry all men bring their most votive offerings. Around it all
men, whether they have received their teachings from Confucius, Zoroaster, Moses, Mohammed
or the founder of the Christian religion--just so long as they believe in the universality
of the fatherhood of God and universality of the brotherhood of man--meet upon a common
level. The Jew returns to his synagogue, the Mohammedan to his mosque and the Christian to
his temple--each better prepared for the solemn duties of life by the associations in this
The seven volume History of Freemasonry, by Albert Mackey,
discusses various pagan gods and the people who worshiped them. Among those pagan deities
featured in drawings included with the text are Ashtaroth, Abraxas, Vishnu, Dagon, Nergal
and Baal. The text states:
They were all Characters of human origin in the Mythologic ages designed as the Saviors
of Men, each one emphatically the representative Christos, or Christ of his particular
Nation; and the religious system designed to restore the lost and fallen race of Man.
(p. 1721, vol VI)
The paragraph concludes, speaking of the men who worshipped those false gods:
Now as Masons we decide not between these, but take all in as our Brethren, and the One
God as our Heavenly Father, revealed to us as such in the Great Light of Masonry.
Freemasonry recognizes many world Saviors
The Masonic teaching that there have been many world saviors is also documented in the
numerous editions of the monitor used by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, The
Kentucky Monitor. The passage discussing various religions and their saviors
ends by mentioning the main character from the Master Mason ritual, Hiram Abiff:
All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state or
successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the
Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The
belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin and suffer a painful death. The
Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans,
Dhouvanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians,
Jesus; Masons, Hiram.
Notice the parallel structure of the last sentence. Hiram is to Masons as Jesus is to
Christians. This passage clearly places Hiram Abiff in the same category as Jesus Christ.
During the Legend of the Third Degree (the latter portion of the Master Mason ritual) each
man who becomes a Mason portrays Hiram Abiff. As Hiram Abiff, he is unjustly murdered,
buried and then raised from the grave.
The Meaning of Masonry, by Lynn Perkins, discusses the
implications of the symbolic death, burial and resurrection of the new Master Mason:
Therefore Masonry teaches that redemption and salvation are both the power and the
responsibility of the individual Mason. Saviors like Hiram Abiff can and do show the way,
but men must always follow and demonstrate, each for himself, his power to save himself,
to build his own spiritual fabric in his own time and way. Every man in essence is his own
savior and redeemer; for if he does not save himself, he will not be saved. The reader who
succeeds in getting back to the real teachings of the masters, including Jesus of
Nazareth, will find unanimity of thinking on this matter.
Clearly, Masonry teaches that Jesus is not unique. Masonry teaches that men of any and
all religions are children of God. Masonry does not lift up Jesus Christ as THE WAY. The
Meaning of Masonry explains why:
Now, therefore, why is Jesus the Christ not mentioned in the Masonic Ritual of the
first three degrees? Those who ask this question should remember that Masonry has been,
and is now, attempting to promote the idea of a universal brotherhood, a dwelling-together
of all peoples on earth in harmony and peace. Though Avatars have come to all people at
different times with the same essential message, nevertheless the Christian Avatar is
still not acceptable to some peoples. The brotherhood of man, however, can be established
upon the Fatherhood of God, which could and should be a universal unifying synthesis of
sufficient power to draw all men together. Masonry proclaims the universal sovereignty of
the All-Father, for it is He, the I Am That I Am, who has sent every divine messenger into
the world of humanity to teach men the way, the Truth, and the Light. The ancient
teachings were projected on the earth plane by the great teachers--Avatars, divine
messengers, messiahs, way-showers, exemplars, elder Brothers, who at the behest of the
Great Architect came into flesh from the Celestial Lodge at different times and to
different races of men. Jesus of Nazareth was sent to be a light to the world to some
branches of the human race, but other branches have had, and do now have, their Buddha,
their Krishna, their Zoroaster, their Confucius, their Mohammed. Masonry declares that all
these peoples, of whatever religion or creed, are children of God born into a particular
race, religion, or creed to derive whatever benefits and self development they need, or
are capable of, on their long journey back to the Celestial Lodge. As all men live and
move and have their being in the Creator, all men are potential Brothers. Hence Masonry
emphasizes no one Avatar in its Ritual more than another; and Masons all over the world
express their first allegiance to God, as the Universal Father. . .
Many Masons believe that the teachings
of Masonry are taken from the Bible
After a cursory examination, it is clear that Freemasonry is decidedly unbiblical and
The Bible clearly reveals that there is only ONE Savior, and one
way to receive salvation.
The Bible identifies who may become Children of God. The book of John
begins with these words:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The
same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not
any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the
light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from
God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that
all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of
that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came
unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born,
not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the
Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and
cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before
me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Masonry claims to be a search for light. As a Mason who is seeking light, consider
these words of Jesus:
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
The Holy Bible documents what Jesus taught. Jesus stated that He was the only way to
God the Father:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me.
His disciples clearly understood that Jesus was the only way. Peter said:
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth
this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you
builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Can a Christian be a Mason?
Believing in Jesus requires believing what He taught. Jesus said, No one comes to the
Father, but by me. The Bible explains that in order to become a child of God, a man must
remain separate. A child of God is not to closely associate with those who do not accept
Jesus Christ as the only way to God.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what
concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And
what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and
they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto
you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore
these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh
and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)
This promise from God -- to be a Father to you, allowing you to become His child -- is
conditional. You must have faith in His Son, Jesus, and you must not be yoked with
unbelievers. You cannot claim the promise without leaving the Lodge. God promises to
receive you only if you come out from among them and be separate. There are other
scriptures in the Bible which teach that you cannot participate in paganism, such as
Freemasonry, and have God as your Father. For example, the Bible directly contradicts the
Masonic teaching that all men worship the same God using a variety of different names.
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want
you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of
demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. Are
we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
(1 Corinthians 10:20-21, NIV)
The Bible states that you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of
demons. Furthermore, the Bible teaches that you cannot have God as your Father if you do
not follow in the teaching of Jesus Christ. John wrote:
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He
that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9)
Those who teach that all men are children of God are not abiding in the doctrines of
Christ. The teachings of Freemasonry are in direct conflict with the teachings of the
Bible. Either the teachings of Freemasonry are true, and the Bible is wrong, or the Holy
Bible is true and the teachings of Freemasonry are wrong. They cannot both be true.
If you are a Mason, you have a choice to make. You can continue to embrace the
teachings of Masonry and spend eternity in Hell. Or, you can accept Jesus Christ and the
promise of God to receive you as His child, by separating from the Lodge. On judgement
day, it will be Jesus who determines where you will spend eternity. Don't be deceived by
those who will tell you that you can become a Christian and continue to be a Mason, yoked
with unbelievers. Jesus will have the final word. He has said:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that
day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew
you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
If you are a Christian who became ensnared in Freemasonry without knowing what it
teaches, we urge you to claim the promise found in the first of John's letters.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we
confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word
is not in us.
(1 John 1:8-10)
God is willing to forgive you. In fact, He wants to forgive you. But, His forgiveness
is conditional on your confession and repentance. Come out from among them and be ye
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