The badge presents to the Craft an Open Book, which has historically represented the Holy Bible. The ritual charging us "to be steadfast in the faith of our acceptance", freemasonry defines its objective as unifying a brotherhood on the commonality of belief in the Supreme Being; at the same time, forbidding all forms of sectarian discussion in the lodges.
With the elimination of religious debate, the Craft is left to confront the greater enemy, SELF. The object of religion is to lead man to God; the object of Freemasonry is to lead man to the Man God created.
This should serve as a model for our Jurisdictions, a Grand Lodge connected to an operative concept of God.