Scientology

Scientology says of itself that it is “a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.” Strange that it has filed so many lawsuits against people and churches that Ron Rhodes and Zondervan had to put a disclaimer in front of their chapter on Scientology that tries to prevent them from being sued (see The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions, p. 153). In the chapter, Rhodes played it safe and did not critique Scientology, but merely laid out what it teaches and compared it to Christianity, clearly showing the differences. Yet the publisher still inserted a blurb as a preemptive strike to avoid legal battles.

I have in my files a story from an investigative reporter who went in and pretended to be interested in joining the group. He played along until it started getting expensive, then stopped and wrote his story. Others have not stopped, and ended up spending enormous sums of money on the group. Simple internet searches will reveal more than you care to know about the group: South Park episodes, court cases arguing whether it is a religion or a business, Hollywood stars, L. Ron Hubbard and science fiction, accusations of brainwashing, and on and on. Find the undercover videos and investigative articles, those are especially interesting. For a good contrast with Christianity, see Ron Rhodes book.

The upper levels of Scientology were always held to be rather secret, with Scientology being vigorous in the courts against everyone who tried to publish the material. A few overseas court proceedings got some of it in the public domain, then a group of hackers broke into the Scientology computer system and stole the rest, making it available on pirate websites. Having read the material, I can honestly say I see no value in it, nor see how it could benefit anyone spiritually or psychologically.

Scientology sued and then took over a counter-cult ministry called Cult Awareness Network. Since blog posts are treated just like any other publication, I too must be guarded in what I can say about the group, for I am but a poor Christian apologist and cannot afford to be sued.

Scientology claims to present a “precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding,” but I will kindly say no thanks. It disagrees with Christianity, and I will gladly accept the proven truth of the Bible.

 

 

 

 

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Christian Apologist & Philosopher
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