Scientology: the Truth
Scientology had its beginnings in 1950 as a religion based on self. It is a non-Christian applied religious philosophy. Scientology is another cult that has little to do with science or scientists. Scientology’s highest authority is not the Christian Bible but a science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard.
Scientology(meaning “knowing how to know”) posits that man has a mind, body, and spirit (known as the “thetan”). We are spiritual beings.
People in Scientology spend exorbitant fees, sometimes as much as $1000 per hour, to attain the exalted state of operating thetan,” or “OT” (pronounced “oh-tee”) .Books are sold, counseling sessions are expensive. Scientology has no salvation to offer the poor. Nothing is said about the plight of the poor, the sick, the homeless and oppressed.
One veteran Scientologist told me she “donated” $250,000 in a twenty-year period. Other Scientologists can wind up spending family inheritances and mortgaging homes to pay the fees.
Scientology has a warped code of ethics. In the Scientology code are such statements as “Never fear to hurt another in a just cause,” and “To punish to the fullest extent of my power anyone misusing or degrading Scientology to harmful ends.”
The concept of God, or a Supreme Being, does exist, but it’s of little importance in the Scientology system.
Scientologists believe that they too can become gods. Scientology deifies Man (capitalized in their writings). Man’s reason will produce perfect behavior and therefore solve all the problems of the human predicament.
Man is basically good, but “engrams” (psychological hang-ups) prevent him from reaching his full potential. When released from these engrams through the sect’s techniques, man begins to live on a higher level in terms of his own human achievement. Opps! “The church is a big, scary deal,” wrote one Scientologist. I wish “I could save just one person the money, heartache and mind-bending control, then all would be worth it.”
A Hollywood script, LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE proves that what people do in the name of religion can be truly stranger than fiction.