posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 08:46 PM
Very different. Freemasonry isn't a religion. The only stipulation is that you believe in a higher power and are of good moral character.
Freemasonry is a fraternity of men that want to better themselves through more esoteric and allegorical teachings.
A Jehova's Witness is a person that believes in a specific religious dogma.
A (weird) example would be a car club (I just looked out the window and saw my car). Freemasonry would allow you to join regardless of the make or
model of car you own, as long as you own one.
I was actually very close to petitioning a lodge back in the day (I still might), and remember one of the guys telling me they had someone who was a
Satanist join. Didn't last long (the guy's choice), but they're inclusive if you meet the believing in a higher power and good standing in society
I think of Jehova's Witnesses as being in a cult. I think of Freemasonary differently.
I'm pretty sure you could be a member of a cult and be a Freemason. Many sects of Christianity frown on or outright ban members from being Masons.
There is a LOT of BS surrounding the organization. I researched the crap out of it (at this point I offer a disclaimer, it's been a long time, so I
might have something wrong) but personally found no conflict of interest between my faith and moral compass and becoming one. It never seemed
cult-like to me, and if you research it and have a semi decent BS detector you'll soon learn that people denigrating Freemasons are almost always
super sketchy and warping things. At the same time, there are a few chapters in the groups history that will give you pause. I can't think of a
single large organization that doesn't have clusters of assholes from time to time that completely miss the point or outright ignore it on account of