What is Scientology?
Scientology is a false religion. If you do not believe us, read on.
“Why do people end up with the wrong partners?” “Do you have to live with pain?” “How can you gain happiness after a loss?” These are questions that Dianetics, the bestselling book by author and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, claims to answer. This is the bait to lure the unexpected. It is normal to want these answers. The commercials for this book were an eyecatcher in the 1970s and 1980s. All their commercials ended with a volcano blowing its top. Subliminal? Perhaps, but what is not subliminal is the quote on the first page of www.lronhubbard.org
“There are only two tests of a life well lived, L. Ron Hubbard once remarked: Did one do as one intended? And were people glad one lived?”
What an interesting way to lure you in. Everyone wants to be relevant and that is exactly how cults are made and how they stay afloat. Scientology is no different. They are one of the best at packaging, which is why they are able to attract big names from all walks of life; most notably Tom Cruise and Leah Remini.
As the big names like Ms. Remini leave this cult, they are tarnished and bashed. Why is that? A full understanding of this group will help aid in seeing a common denominator in all false religions. If confession is good for the soul, why does it stain you in groups like this? Does the general public have any idea of what Scientology is really about? What is the attraction? The statement that makes you interested in knowing more is on the first page of their introduction section of www.scientology.com and it states:
“The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for all”.
It sounds good; especially the part about “true spiritual enlightenment”. This is what the whole world seeks after. Since the world is trying to find its way, could this be a way for “spiritual enlightenment”?
The best way to understand any cult is to understand its founder.
“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion”.
Time Magazine printed this in their story on Hubbard upon his death in early 1986, although originally stated in 1949 when he really was working for a penny a word. Born in Tilden, Nebraska March 13, 1911, Mr. Hubbard was reared in Helena, Montana. He attended George Washington University. While boasting in his publications of a civil engineering degree, school records show quite the contrary. According to campus records, Mr. Hubbard attended the school only two years and during his second year, he failed physics and was on academic probation.
In 1950, Mr. Hubbard published “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health”, and in 1955, it was this work that became the textbook for his new religion, “Scientology”. How prophetic a statement from 1949; or was it calculated?
As a science fiction writer, Mr. Hubbard found success in the 1930s. He organized the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International at the age of 29. This was the forerunner of his now famous Scientology. His work, “Dianetics” has sold millions of copies since publication in 1950. When he founded the Church of Scientology in 1955, the locations were originally in Washington, D.C. and New York. The international office was originally in Saint Hill, England, but is now based in Los Angeles. Mr. Hubbard lived and split time between Sussex, England and a 300’ yacht named Apollo.
In 1963, the Food and Drug Administration raided the Washington, D.C. church on the grounds that Mr. Hubbard’s E-Meter device should be banned. The following definition is from Scientology’s website:
"E-Meter is a shortened term for electropsychometer. It is a religious artifact used as a spiritual guide in auditing. It is for use only by a Scientology minister or a Scientology minister-in-training to help the preclear locate and confront areas of spiritual upset".
The Food and Drug Administration lost its appeal in 1971 based on the freedom of religion clause of the U.S. Constitution.
In the latter half of the 1970s, Mr. Hubbard disappeared from public and familial view while living in complete seclusion. It was in 1982 that one of his five children, Ronald DeWolf, petitioned a California court to name him trustee over Hubbard’s estate on the grounds his father was dead. The court ruled Mr. Hubbard was still alive and denied the petition. Mr. DeWolf changed his name from Hubbard to denounce his father while claiming that L. Ron Hubbard was “one of the biggest con men of the century”. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard died of a stroke on January 24, 1986.
While Mr. Hubbard was married three times, it is his second wife that brings to light his occultic fixation. Sara Northrup met Mr. Hubbard through Jack Parsons, a disciple of Alister Crowley who was a leading Satanist, sorcerer, and black magician. They were introduced at one of the occult meetings in Pasadena, CA. Correspondence between Parsons and Crowley mention Mr. Hubbard several times. In one of the letters Parsons wrote to Crowley, he mentions Mr. Hubbard and spoke very highly of “Ron’s knowledge of the rituals”.
Understanding Mr. Hubbard’s association with Satanists and occultists is paramount in basing his “religion” in occultic practices. According to “Kingdom of the Cults”, Scientology has the necessary info to be classified as a religion. It has its own set of scriptures, a worldview, and seeks spiritual enlightenment. The book then goes further to define a false religion as when it “departs from the Biblical God and His plan for salvation as understood and proclaimed by the historical orthodox Christian Church” .
Most false religions resemble Christianity but, in some way, deny the very essence of scripture. For example, in Kingdom of the Cults, Mr. Hubbard is quoted as saying “mankind is basically good”. This is in direct contrast to what the Bible has to say as Jeremiah states that the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked. The real eye-opener is when Jesus said there is none good but one and that is the Father.
A major difference is Scientology believes “The ‘clear’ person is on the evolutionary journey to the next stage of man, a godlike being called homo novis”. When a Scientologist can “clear” all of their past “engrams”, they can obtain the next step to becoming a god. This idea of wanting to be a god is not new. In the third chapter of Genesis, Eve is confronted by the serpent and told she could be as gods, knowing good and evil. It is interesting that all false religions, as well as faulty philosophies, have a human becoming a god in some form or fashion; that is if they do well enough in this life.
Another difference is the actual “scripture” used by Scientologists. All of Mr. Hubbard’s writings since Dianetics are considered “scripture” by their church. In Mr. Hubbard’s Phoenix Lectures in 1954, he revealed his sources for his church.
“The (Hindu) Veda… is best read in a literal translation from the Sanskrit… A great deal of our material in Scientology is discovered right back there. Tao means knowingness. In other words, its an ancestor to Scientology, the study of ‘knowing how to know’”.
While he goes on to give credit to Buddha, Arhat, and Dhyana, it is clear his sources are anti-Christ and anti-Bible. Jesus is the Word. The Word is the Logos. This is the source of knowledge and life which is in direct contradiction with Scientology.
Scientology theology describes deity in three ways. However, it is up to the person as to what their individual concept of God is. They can choose from the Supreme Being, God, and gods. This would make the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ null and void as well as completely unnecessary.
The final death knell would be Mr. Hubbard’s view on Jesus Christ. In Scientology, “implants” are false concepts forced upon a Thetan. In Mr. Hubbard’s own words:
“You will find… the Christ legend as an implant in preclears a million years ago”.
Without Jesus Christ, there is no life. Without Jesus Christ there is nothing. Jesus is God and He clearly stated that many times. There is nothing special about Scientology. Based on the fact they deny Jesus is God and that He is the only way to heaven. They also base heaven or the next level, on works. This is the same pattern that is seen in every religion on the planet outside of Christianity. They all have the same common denominator; deny the deity of Christ and do good works. If all false religions have the same common denominator, would it be out of the way to assume they have the same author? Satan?