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The Precepts, Values and Standards of Freemasonry

When an entered Apprentice is admitted into Freemasonry, he is "charged" to follow and observe certain values and standards - the precepts of the Craft.

These precepts, founded on the teachings of the Old Testament (accepted by both Judaism and the Muslim faiths) are by no means unique to Freemasonry. Because these teachings are widely accepted in society, they are shared by many thousands of non-Masons too, who, in the normal course of their daily lives as good citizens, prefer to abide by them, in summary they are:

Belief in, and devotion to God
A personal commitment to: 
Follow closely the teachings of the individual's Faith
Good conduct towards friends, neighbours, fellow humans and God's creatures
Keeping fit in mind, body and spirit
Law abiding behaviour
Peace and good order in society
Observe the laws of all States/Countries
Allegiance to the Sovereign
Prudence - Temperance - Fortitude - Justice
Benevolence and Charity
Secrecy, fidelity and obedience in Freemasonry
Study and self-improvement
Truth - Honour - Virtue