HOLLYWOOD’S SPIRITUAL CANDY
Being headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the “Church” of Scientology is in the right spot for releasing its nonsensical, offer of personal freedom, and to be all that you can be. Tinsel town after all, is where dreams can come true, so they say. In the opening of Chapter 1 of the book “What is Scientology” several correct observations are made about the world in which we live. Despite technological and scientific advances, in the last century, mankind is still - in fact, even more - out of tune with itself in terms of societal ills all stemming from the need and want of a better life on earth as far as health, employment, entertainment, and peace of mind are concerned. L. Ron Hubbard compiled and systemized this vast and international organization to help individuals be the best they can to overcome these awful negative vibes by giving them the self-assurance they deserve.
This doesn’t sound so bad except these “techniques” and methods are based on nothing more than fooling people that they can achieve their ultimate selfish desires, which is to reach a position of self sufficiency that would equate with personal godhood. The very first lie with which he deceived Eve. Scientology is just one more of the many wrappings Satan has used to disguise the fact that the actual package is as evil as can be.
The foreword to the aforementioned book, boldly declares to actually set people free from all the hum-drum of most of our puny, ordinary and rather stale lives, “Scientology is about the individual man or woman. Its goal is to bring an individual to a sufficient understanding of himself and his life and free him to improve conditions in the ways that he sees fit.”
What this has to do with true Christianity is a mystery because the Bible clearly spells out that we are to trust God in everything we do and not rely on our own understanding of anything. (Proverbs 3:5)
Our understanding is at best partial and all the training in the world would still be just partial. Our capacity to retain much less actually comprehend all things doesn’t exist. However, God, who is Love, however is omniscient. He simply already knows and cares for us in such a way that no matter what happens to us here and now, His plan is the best. In Him is where our trust will have the perfect return for our investment of faith in Him. Faith in self is all that Scientology can sell; so it’s nothing new. Satan also uses many other avenues to spread his trash.
Like the foreword, the epilogue at the end of the book informs us, “The aim of this book was to answer the question, what is Scientology? The objective has been to provide you with information on how Scientology can change your life, and how it is changing the world. With all you have read, you now possess enough information to objectively evaluate the subject.
On a more personal level, however, the time has come to make a decision: You can close this book and walk away, or you can take, not your first step on the road to truth, but your next.”
The notion that there is a road to truth is ludicrous. No man has ever found truth by walking some road, however far. Hubbard and Co. want you to think that there is this road that leads to truth and that they have the credibility and authority to show you the way. Allow me to quote another bit of info from L. Ron Himself. This quote is titled ‘Personal Integrity’. After reading it I had to ask myself, What world is he from? We find out later that he believes himself to be a Thetan, but more about that later.
“What is true for you is what you have observed yourself, and when you lose that, you have lost everything. What is personal integrity? Personal integrity is knowing what you know - What you know is what you know - And to have the courage to know and say what you have observed. And that is integrity. And there is no other integrity.
Of course, we can talk about honor, truth, all these things, these esoteric terms. But I think they’d all be covered very well if what we really observed was what we observed, that we took care to observe what we were observing, that we always observed to observe.
And not necessarily maintaining a skeptical attitude, a critical attitude or an open mind. But certainly, maintaining sufficient personal integrity and sufficient personal belief and confidence in self and courage that we can observe what we observe and say that we have observed.
Nothing in Dianetics and Scientology is true for you unless you have observed it and it is true according to your observation. That is all.” (Personal Integrity, L. Ron Hubbard, p. 137)
This nonsensical double talk is classic of all despots who want to be something, but just can’t get it figured out. Authors of Freemasonry, Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witness, the many “mind science” cults of which Scientology is only a part, write and thus convey the exact same ideas. There is nothing new here. The bulk of the book, after it sufficiently brags on itself, is all about bettering oneself through the special and secret, techniques which L. Ron Hubbard spent a lifetime accumulating. On the page: PART TWO the title is SCIENTOLOGY PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATION. It tells of the lifetime work of Hubbard which allowed him to discover “workable means to set men spiritually free…”
When a man claims that he and his info is able to set anybody free, he better be God. Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health was first published way back in 1950. By then, humanity was already on the verge of complete apostasy toward the Gospel of Christ, which paved the way for this heretical but mostly idiotic, book of worthless information to hit the main stream.
The apostle John records the words of Jesus Himself in chapter 14: 6, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” The thing is, we can believe Jesus the Christ, who is the Creator God, and not a man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19), and Who actually died a cruel death, which is historical fact, or we can believe L. Ron Hubbard, who is a liar, did nothing for anyone, cannot know or do anything about the future, does not control his very next breath, nor anything that might happen to him in life. A man - who like the rest of us - can’t keep himself from disease and ultimate physical death, etc., etc., etc.
Hubbard says, have faith in yourself through my discoveries. God says, believe in Me and you’ll have eternal life. This “zoe” Greek for life, means no separation from God forever, while spiritual death is separation from God forever.
Scientologists present themselves as religious and thus have stepped over the threshold to be open to any and all demonic deception. By their own admission, “The Scientology religion follows just this tradition of man’s search for his spiritual identity.” (p.7) It goes on to say, “ In Scientology, the individual himself is considered to be the spiritual being - a thetan (pronounced “thay’-tn”.) The term is from the Greek symbol or letter theta which has long served as a symbol for thought or spirit.”
I find it interesting that they pronounce thetan as thay’tn, which sounds like Satan with a sort of lisp. The New Testament was written in Greek and the Greek word for spirit in the Bible is “pneuma,” meaning wind, air, or breath and corresponds to the Hebrew “ruach.” I wonder why the Bible uses pneuma for spirit and Scientology uses the word thetan, pronounced satan with a lisp?
The answer of course is that the Bible is the true Word of God and Scientology is a work of the devil, doing what he does best; namely, exalting himself. There are so many assumptions and misrepresentations concerning various other religious beliefs. Christianity of course has been added to all the other aberrant “spiritual” teachings throughout the various ages of civilization.
One example they say is: “Though crucified, the hope that Christ brought to man did not die. Instead, his death became symbolic of the triumph of the spirit over the material body in the Resurrection, and so brought a new awareness to man’s true nature.”
By being careful not to slander the Savior, they nonetheless omit the real triumph of the Cross. For example: “…his death became symbolic of the triumph of the spirit…” Unless I’m mistaken, His death, had He stayed that way, like all other false spiritual leaders, did nothing to help humanities future. What had to happen was exactly as prophesied over the ages, which was that, “He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
That He died is true, and death had to precede the Resurrection, but it is the Resurrection that makes it possible for all who accept the Gospel to also be resurrected on the Day of Christ. (Romans 1:16b; 10:9,10; John 6:47)
Another powerful and arrogant statement they make in their book is, “…Scientology was developed to rehabilitate the spirit - not to make money.” (p.359) Wow, they are going to rehabilitate something they know nothing about and have no power to coerce, manipulate, or control.
The “spirit” world is a place we don’t want to play with because we’re no match for the Prince of the Power of the Air. Satan, the Prince, is a spirit himself and will eat our lunch and worse if we play in his sandbox. Even born-again-believing children of the Lord Jesus do not open themselves up to spiritual / demonic influences. To the born-again-believer in Christ, Satan can do nothing; however, when such an individual forsakes the many warnings in Scripture about staying away from this sort of thing, they can experience demonic / spiritual attacks as well. The difference for the believer is, Satan can only go as far as the Lord allows him to go. (Read the Book of Job.)
The bottom line is not what report will you believe - rather whose report will you believe - God’s or the devil’s?
What Is Scientology? – The Comprehensive Reference on the World’s Fastest Growing Religion compiled by the staff of the Church of Scientology International, 1992, Bridge Publications, Inc., Los Angeles, California