Let's apply your critical thinking skills as we discuss 10 simple questions about your religion.Here is an example of the kind of thing I am talking about: As a Christian, you believe in the power of prayer. ARTICLE_ID=42061), 3 out of 4 doctors believe that God is performing medical miracles on earth right now. Masonry is a fraternal organization that encourages morality and charity and studies philosophy. This does not mean that they are religious institutions. (Masonic buildings are also called Lodge Halls and Masonic Centers as well as Masonic Temples. Freemasonry strongly encourages its members to belong to an established religion, although that is not a requirement for membership (only that a candidate profess a belief in a Supreme Being).
Being denied the right to marry reinforces the stigma associated with a minority sexual identity.
It has no clergy, no sacraments, and does not promise salvation to its members. Some Scottish Rite buildings are called "Cathedrals," but that is from a Greek word meaning "chair," and referring to the seat of authority of any sort.) The term "worshipful" stems from 18th century English usage, when Freemasonry in its present form was being organized.
The term has nothing to do with religious worship but is an old synonym for "honorable" or "respected." Check any good dictionary!
That depends on what is meant by "cult." By some definitions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are cults.
By another definition, golfing, bowling, and surfing the Internet are cults.