Before we get started with this topic, let me say what Freemasonry is not:
It is not a replacement for your church or synagogue ? Freemasonry does encourage individual worship in the place of your choice.
It is not a religion - We must have a belief in God but Masonry teaches no plan of salvation.
It is not a band of devil worshipers ? Masonry condemns anything that is in opposition to the creator of the universe.
It is not a one-world government conspiracy ? There are many Masons involved in world government but our teachings say nothing about world domination.
It is not a secret organization ? but we have secrets to protect the fraternity.
It is not a Charity - Masonic Lodges by nature donate to charities.
It is not a subversive Organization - a Mason must be a peaceful, law-abiding citizen.
It is not a Political Party or Action Group - although you will find prominent Masons in leadership roles in our government.
Freemasonry is a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols. I am sure that you have heard something like that said in the past to describe what Freemasonry is.