As an organization, the Knights Templar was able to develop into a most powerful military order that influenced business and banking, partly because of their special status with the Pope. With an official papal exemption from all authority in the year 1139 AD, the Knights Templar were in effect untouchable and free to pursue their goal of protecting Christianity.
The origins of Freemasonry are cloaked in mystery, but one theory links the early 14th century rise of the fraternal organization in Great Britain with the expulsion of the Knights Templar from France around that same period.
Few organizations in the world are as controversial as the Masonic Lodge. This can seem confusing at first to those familiar with what the Lodge actually does—charitable work such as Scottish Rite hospitals, brotherly fellowship for its members and the opportunity for self-improvement for those who learn its ways. A look at the history of the Lodge and the lies that have been spread about it can help to clear up this confusion.
When deciding to join any organization, such as the Freemasons, it is always a good idea to have some idea of who they are and what they do. Once you know the basics you can ask yourself, is this right for me? Do I have what it takes to be a Freemason? Are the Freemasons a good fit for me? All good questions and with a little background about who they are you will be able to answer all of these questions. Finding out the core principals and requirements will put you on a path of discovery and enlightenment as you begin your journey.