Scientology The Cult That Has Been Called a Religion Essay
The Cult That Has Been Called a Religion
The Church of Scientology has many deceitful practices that it portrays. It is a vicious and dangerous cult that masquerades as a religion. It practices a variety of mind-control techniques on people lured into its midst to gain control over their lives. The people that have believed the lies of the scientologists have given up family relations, time and large amounts of money to make their lives “better.” Its views are against scripture and the truth.
The word Scientology comes from comes from is derived from the Latin word scio, meaning “know” and the Greek word logos “the word or outward form by which the inward thought is expressed and made known.” Therefore, Scientology means knowing about knowing. The religious philosophy applied is that man is basically good. This is one of the first major scriptural contradictions I have found. Matthew 19:17 says “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
” and Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Man was born with a sinful nature and therefore is in need of repentance and submittance to God.
No one is asked to believe anything on faith. People involved discover for themselves that Scientology works by seeing the works it can do. I think that with the amount of money that people put into it they have to have some faith in the man. That faith is false. Man will always let people down. Also, another belief is that spiritual salvation depends on self. They believe that you can do works and decide for yourself when you are spiritually saved. A scripture that tells the truth of all of this is Ephesians 2:8-9. It says, ” For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God–not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Why is Scientology thought of as a Religion?
The definition for “religion” is “Any specific system of belief and worship, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy” Scientology does fall into that category. As stated before, it does have many beliefs. The religious philosophy includes the study of spiritual manifestations, research on the nature of the spirit, study of the relationship of the spirit to the body, and practices devoted to the rehabilitation of the spiritual abilities
There are two “dreams” that it claims to have in common with all great religions.One is the dream of peace on Earth and the other is the dream of salvation for man. These are nice dreams to have but, in a way, Scientology doesn’t support those dreams. In their claim that man creates his own salvation, a Christian person would know that salvation is only received when you ask Jesus to become your Lord and Savior.
Within the church basic church ceremonies do take place. At church meeting there is a sermon. When a child is born, soon after there is a naming ceremony that is similar to a baptism. Also there are weddings and funerals that are also performed as the time arises.
Yes, Scientology does have scripture. It is the writings and spoken words of founder L. Ron Hubbard. The scripture is not like Bible scripture. It does not have prophecies that have come to pass, it has not been recorded for thousands of years, and it is not inspired by God. It is just whatever this guy said to put down. In that sense Hubbard tries to act like God.
In Scientology scripture there is 500,000 pages of writings and 3,000 tape recorded lectures. February 18, 1954, L.Ron Hubbard wrote the Creed of Scientology shortly after the first Church was formed in Los Angles. It is stated as so:
The Creed of the Church of Scientology
That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights;
That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their
That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives;
That all men have inalienable rights to their sanity;
That all men have inalienable rights to their own defense;
That all men have inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist
or support their own organizations, churches and governments;
That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write
freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions
That all men have inalienable rights to the creation of their own kind;
That the souls of men have the rights of men;
That the study of the mind and the healing of mentally caused ills should not
be alienated from religion or condoned in nonreligious fields;
And that no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these
That his survival depends upon himself and upon his fellows and his attainment
And we of the Church believe that the laws of God forbid man:
To destroy or enslave another’s soul;
To destroy or reduce the survival of one’s companions or one’s group.
And we of the Church believe that the spirit can be saved and that the spirit
This creed has many parts that aren’t agreed with in scripture. The creed does not believe in God’s laws that were set up to protect his creation. They are very humanistic, and will appeal to any lost person in some way. They are set up to draw people in, and set them up to trust in the leaders of the church.
The Cross and Symbol of Scientology
The cross represents the eight parts or dynamics of Scientology. It basically describes or symbolizes living happily across all eight parts.
The symbol of Scientology first appeared in 1952. The “S” in the middle stands for Scientology. The lower triangle is the A.R.C. Triangle. The “A” stands for affinity, the “R” stands for reality, and the “C” stands for communication. The upper triangle is the K.R.C. Triangle. The “K” stands for knowledge, the “R” stands for responsibility, and the “C” stands for control.
The dynamics in Scientology are the eight distinct divisions that the drive for survival embraces.
The eight dynamics are very important in Scientology. The whole idea of their cross is based on these parts. The eight dynamics are:
First: Self (effort to survive as an individual)
Second: Family and Sex (existence as a future generation)
Third: Groups (urge to survive as the member of a group)
Forth: Mankind (survival of man as a species)
Fifth: All Life forms (anything directly motivated by life)
Sixth: The Physical Universe (reflects the drive of the individual to enhance the survival of all matter , energy, space, and time)
Seventh: Spirituality (urge toward existence as a spiritual being)
Eighth: Infinity or the Supreme Being (existence of infinity or God)
In the dynamic’s aspect of Scientology, God is represented as the eighth dynamic. Though they do not worship God, they do believe that there is a Supreme Being. Through the processes that a person must participate in to be “spiritually stable”, a person involved in Scientology becomes his own God. Through spiritual enlightenment a person’s salvation is obtained. In L. Ron Hubbard’s book Science of Survival, he wrote on the concept of God, “No culture in the history of the world, save the thoroughly depraved and expiring ones, has failed to affirm the existence of a Supreme Being. It is an empirical observation that men without a strong and lasting faith in a Supreme Being are less capable, less ethical and less valuable to themselves and society …. A man without an abiding faith is, by observation alone, more of a thing than a man.” This is a comment that is very degrading of God. Hubbard takes the importance of God down to the bottom level of his dynamics and does not give Him any credit for creating the universe and sending His only Son to come and save the people of the world (His creation, made in His image.)
Scientology is a very demanding religion. It requires people to give up large amounts of money to “purify the spirit,” and time they could be spending with their family and friends. The people involved have had their brains washed by this man, Hubbard, into believing that he can lead them to salvation. There is only one that can save a person and that is Jesus Christ.