SCIENTOLOGY

 

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The word “Scientology” is derived from the Latin word scio, which means “know” and the Greek word logos, meaning “the word or outward form by which the inward thought is expressed and made known.” Thus, Scientology means knowing about knowing.

 

Date of origin: 1954

Founder: Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (L. Ron Hubbard), 1911-1986

Holy book: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, L. Ron Hubbard

 

The New Age Movement has no holy text, no central organization, no membership, no formal clergy, no geographic center, and no creed. They have no centers of worship. Seminars, conventions, books and informal groups replace sermons and religious services. The movement does not have a single creed or set of beliefs. Rather, its followers choose from an array of sometimes contradictory beliefs. However the basic beliefs are set out below.

 

 


Doctrinal Comparison – Scientology vs. the Word of God

 

Topic

Scientology

Christianity

Scripture

God

In Scientology, God can be whoever you want him to be.

There is One God, and man is to worship Him and Him only

“… for there is one God, and there is no other but He.”

(Mark 12:32)

…one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.“

(Ephesians 4:6)

Jesus

Jesus is seen as a great teacher. He rarely is featured in Scientology.

Jesus was God in the flesh. He is the Savior of all mankind, effectual to those who put their trust in Him.

Jesus was the Son of God.

"BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which is translated, "God with us."

(Matthew 1:23)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

(John 3:16)

Man

Believe man is basically good. It is believed that human beings are trapped in material bodies and need to be released from this state so that they can achieve their original god-like state. Scientology practitioners guide people into this state.

Man is in a fallen state, having no redeemable quality within him. He is separated from God because of his sin, and cannot change his state through any good works on his part. Man cannot please God by his own efforts.

But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

(Isaiah 64:6)

Sin

Sin – Scientology has no concept of sin

All men and women are by nature sinners. And, for this reason they will end in spiritual death.

Sin separates us from God, as He is Holy and cannot look upon sin.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

(Romans 3:23)

As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after god. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one."

(Romans 3:10-12)

Salvation

Salvation, or lack thereof, is a psychological state of mind. Salvation occurs when the psychological problems (“engrams”) that block the way to re-establishing the god-like state are overcome.

Salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross.

Jesus suffered and died on the cross in our place, because of our sin.

Salvation comes by putting our trust in Him and Him alone. Salvation comes through no other person, by no other means. Man cannot work to earn his salvation. He bust repent of his sin, ask God to forgive him his sins, through Jesus Christ, and accept Christ as his personal Lord and Savior

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight ….

(Romans 3:20)

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

(John 14:6)

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

(Acts 4:12)

The Bridge

The bridge is the broad path that Scientologists follow as they study the teachings of Scientology. These teachings enable them to cross over a chasm from their present state into a vastly higher level of awareness.

Because of their sin nature, humans are not capable of passing from good to better. They are born in their sin, and die in their sin. The flesh cannot reform itself. Christ’s salvation is their only hope.

…for without Me you can do nothing.

(John 15:5)

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells ….

(Romans 7:18)

 


Summary

Scientology is an applied religious philosophy dealing with the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life. It includes teaching about reincarnation, the occult, and the role of thetan (soul, life, energy) in the physical universe.

The aims of Scientology were once expressed as follows:

a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.

L. Ron Hubbard