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Scientology vs. Christianity

 

The Church of Scientology, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1953, has been a controversial organization since its inception.   Amid perpetual allegations of legal and financial misconduct, it has nevertheless attracted a devoted following -- including a number of high profile celebrities.   Journals, such as Time Magazine, has described it as a, "a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner."

 

As a religion (although that designation has been refuted) Scientology takes only a vague position on the idea of deity.   Instead, Scientology  takes its followers through a process of "auditing." By holding electrodes, and reliving difficult or painful events, Scientologists allow their "auditor" to monitor changes in their electrical resistance on an "E-meter" which, in turn, identifies the location of "engrams" -- painful mental images -- that limit a person's capabilities.    These "engrams" are then removed from the "reactive mind" by the "auditor."

 

 

SCIENTOLOGY

 

CHRISTIANITY

Anything written or recorded by L. Ron Hubbard -- on the topic of Scientology -- is considered to be "scripture" by the Scientologist.

 

If a religious organization wishes to assign some divine authority to the writings of their founder, the word "scripture" has become a handy term to use. But, unlike L. Ron Hubbard, Joseph Smith, and others, Jesus demonstrated the authority of His words by:

1.  fulfilling the Jewish prophecies about the coming Messiah,

2.  by performing miracles, and

3.  by rising from the dead.

 

In the 1970's, the Church of Scientology began an effort to infiltrate government agencies, and destroy records exposing misconduct by L. Ron Hubbard.

 

The Christian Church has maintained an ongoing effort to preserve, document and accurately transmit its records for two millennia.   Archaeological searches for better and additional manuscripts is a continuing endeavor.   As a result, no other written work from antiquity can even remotely approach the manuscript evidence for the Old and New Testament.

 

L. Ron Hubbard taught that the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is merely the figment of an unenlightened mind.

 

Jesus left no doubt about His claim to deity by taking upon Himself the name of God, "before Abraham was born, I AM!"   But more than that, He confirmed His deity by His resurrection from the dead.

 

Scientologists believe that each individual has had millions of past lives, and that they still bear the mental scars from those lives.

 

Reincarnation is an idea embraced by several world religions.   But the truth is that each of us is born only once.   God loves us.   He does not expect us to climb a repeating ladder of tribulation. He only asks that we return His love.   "Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).

 

Scientology teaches that people are basically good, and that their spiritual salvation depends upon their own works to achieve brotherhood with the universe.

 

The Bible teaches that mankind was created in perfection by a loving God.   But, instead of obedience to God we chose rebellion. Evil entered the world, and became endemic to the human condition.   But, because of God's great love, He didn't leave us alone with our sins -- He forgave them.  "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

 

Scientology provides an ambiguous definition of God that is often synonymous with "nature" or "eternity."

 

There is no need for ambiguity.   There is only one God, the creator of all things.   He exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   As God Himself said in Isaiah, "Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one" (Isaiah 44:8).

 

Followers of Scientology believe themselves to be divine, immortal spirits, or "Thetans," who have forgotten about  their deity.

 

We are not gods who have forgotten about our deity (as that would likely be a hard thing to forget -- especially for a god).   Instead, we are fallible human beings who have forgotten about God's love. "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4).

 

For thousands of dollars, Scientologists are sold "audits" to rid themselves of their "engrams." This, in turn, will allow adherents to advance to higher levels of self-realization.

 

We don't need to turn to an "auditor."   God already knows both our deepest hurts and our most painful regrets.   He not only loves us, but is eager to lead us to a place of forgiveness -- forgiveness for our fellowman, and forgiveness for ourselves.   "I the LORD search the heart," (Jeremiah 17:10).   "God knows your hearts," (Luke 16:15).   "The LORD looks at the heart," (1 Samuel 16:7).

The realization we need to make is that God loves us, and ardently wishes to forgive us of our sins.   Rather than charge money for this assistance, Christ paid the price Himself -- through His death on the cross -- and left an admonition for Christians to follow His example, "Freely you have received, freely give," (Matthew 10:8).

 

     

 

 

 

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