The Freemasons are often considered a very mysterious group with quite a lot of history and controversial theories attached to them. Among the most noteworthy mysteries surrounding Freemasonry are the links with the Knights Templar, the Mason connection with the founding of the United States, and the Da Vinci Code link.
The Masonic Lodge is one of the most revered organizations in the world, a place where men come together in fellowship for self-advancement and charity to others. The brothers you will join and the community adopted can carry you forward in many ways. If you have decided that you wish to become a Mason, here’s what you should know.
The Freemasons have long included prominent and powerful citizens among their members. For whatever reason this has led a number of paranoid types to believe that the Lodge either runs the world or is secretly plotting to take over the world. In truth, the Lodge is too busy with its charitable work and fellowship to ever take on such a ludicrous project. Still, in the name of fostering better relations with our community, here are a few things conspiracy theorists never consider when accusing the Lodge of running the world.
Success often produces jealousy, and the Masonic Lodge is no exception. Men who become members are expected to uphold high standards of character, and the discipline and self-improvements they learn in the Lodge often produce great success. For whatever reason, this has produced great anger in a few souls, and these figures have gone on to spread malicious lies and rumors about Freemasonry. One recurring slander about the Lodge is that Masons engage in devil worship or black magic. This is—of course—a lie, but few realize that the main source for this claim was an acknowledged hoax from the Nineteenth Century. The Taxil Hoax has led to slander and confusion about the Lodge to this day, but a quick look at the background and aftermath of this event should help to clear Freemasonry’s name.