So You Believe in Scientology?
Jesus did tell us that we error not knowing Scriptures (Mathew 22:29.) With that in mind, we’ll begin this month is with a look at Scientology to see what their beliefs are. I will begin by listing several of the main beliefs as listed on this internet page: http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2001/06/What-Scientologists-Believe.aspx and a Scientologist would have and then compare them to Scriptures.
Scientology was founded in 1952 by L. Ron Hubbard, an American science fiction writer and author of the best-selling book "Dianetics" (1950), which launched a popular self-enhancement movement out of which the Church of Scientology emerged. The name Scientology means "knowing how to know," and it maintains that it "constitutes man's first real application of scientific methodology to spiritual questions." Scientology asserts it is not merely a belief system but a mode of action, and it has a complicated vocabulary of its own.
First, the Biblical aspect isn’t to promote themselves but to deny themselves as Matthew 16:24 says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.“ Secondly, if they decide to use the world of science, instead of the Bible to live by, then they cannot be interested in God’s method of living. One only has to look at the evolution vs. creation platform to begin to see the differences.
A scientologist basic postulate is that experience, in this or in previous lives, is recorded in the brain as a series of "engrams." These engrams are revived and reinforced by recurring similar situations and always cause inappropriate and self-defeating behavior. One's goal of Scientology is to "process" or clear these engrams and become more self-determining. By erasing these accretions from one's present and past lives, one releases the essential, spiritual self or soul called the "thetan."
Man was given Scriptures to follow, not a series of experiences that are often times very misleading and unstable. I also want to point out that believing in reincarnation is faulty because the Bible says that man is to die once and then to face judgment. A person’s thoughts are formed by their interests and are a result of who is their master. If they are a child of God or are they a child of Satan’s (John 8:47) will be seen for they are known by their fruit (Matthew 7:15, 16.)
Scientology has ministers who perform some religious rites and sacraments, but their main function is individual counseling. Scientology is tightly organized from the top down, with a close-knit inner circle and many highly committed adherents, including such celebrities as John Travolta, Tom Cruise, and Leah Remini.
Religious rites and sacraments are merely just rituals that count for little or nothing before God. Hebrews 10:11 tells us, “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.” Furthermore, Salvation is not done without Jesus. It is not a popularity vote regardless of who belongs to the group for Jesus told us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) They don’t even recognize Jesus as God.
Scientology considers the belief in a God or gods as something personal and therefore offers no specific dogma. The nature of the Supreme Being is revealed personally through each individual as s/he becomes more conscious and spiritually aware. There exists a life energy or force (Theta) beyond and within all.
As previously mentioned, Scientology doesn’t know Scripture, Jesus or the one way to salvation. It doesn’t surprise me that there are no dogmas here when they think everything is based upon experiences and “feel good” philosophy. While these things appear helpful and needed, they aren’t very good a foundational area to live by like the word of God is. For instance Psalm 119:105 has, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Without Jesus and His words as the Rock to stand upon, a person is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand as spoken of in Matthew 7:25-27.
There are no particular human incarnations of God, as the universal life force (Theta) is inherent in all. All humans are immortal spiritual beings (thetans) capable of realizing a nearly godlike state through Scientology practices.
All is manifestation of the universal spirit, which is all that actually exists.
These aren’t Dogmas (as they admit they have none.) However, the truth is found in Scriptures and Jesus has in numerous occasions been shown to be “an incarnation of God.” As for everyone having some ability to attain a nearly godlike state, the Bible is clear when it says, “I am God, there is no other.”(Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 45:5, 18, 22, Isaiah 46:9 and elsewhere.) People will never be a God
Rebirths continue until one consciously confronts all pre-birth, current-life, and previous-life traumas. Thus realizing one's true nature as a "thetan," an immortal spirit--transcending matter, energy, space, and time. Achieving this state enables the spirit to escape the cycle of birth and death to operate independently of the physical universe and become one.
Painful experiences and harmful acts in one's prebirth, current, and past lives become imprinted in the reactive mind and lead to irrational behavior. Departures from rational thought and untrue ideas ("aberrations") can result in wrongdoing.
There are many partial truths referred to here such as having a rebirth and departing from rational and untrue ideas. That is the very reason for my writing this article. Scientology does not address the sinful nature of man, nor the means to the one and only solution that there is to solve man’s depravity. The Bible tells us and gives us the answers with the truth and sets us free of guess work and man-made theologies as found here. (John 8:32-33)
Salvation is achieved through the practices and techniques of Scientology, the ultimate goal of which is to realize one's true nature as an immortal spirit, a thetan. The path to salvation, or enlightenment, includes achieving states of increasingly greater mental awareness--Pre-Clear, Clear, and ultimately Operating Thetan. An Operating Thetan is a spirit who can control matter, energy, space, time, thought, and life. Practitioners ("Auditors") are regarded as ministers and counselors who assist others to achieve self-enlightenment. Auditors help others to identify their prebirth, current, and past-life disturbances, which are obstacles to happiness and spiritual enlightenment.
Suffering occurs as part of the spirit's entrapment here in the physical universe. Only when the individual is aware of his spiritual nature can he identify his barriers within the universe and overcome them, rising out of a lower state and into a higher state of happiness and freedom.
Suffering occurs because of sin, Adam’s sin. Salvation is the only way out of it. Ultimately this will result in a higher state off life in heaven with God and His happiness.
Based on the belief that you cannot free yourself spiritually without working to free others, Scientology has founded and supports many organizations for social betterment, particularly in the areas of drug abuse, crime, psychiatric abuse, and government abuse of law, human rights, religious freedom, education, and morality. Scientology strongly favors the use of their methodology for spiritual/mental healing over the use of conventional treatment.
In closing I just want to repeat a few practical “reality checks.” God commands us to do the things above also, but because we are free, not to make us free. That was done at Calvary’s cross and is available to those that follow Him. Matthew 7:13-14 tells us that, ““Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Scientology is just one of those false paths, a deception of Satan that we are warned about in Scripture. We as humans will all face physical death and then an eternity of Heaven or Earth, joy or pain. If Scientology is your belief and you are sincerely thinking in this way, you need to learn the facts and only then can you correct and straighten out your Spiritual life. Please contact Gospel Light Ministries for further Spiritual direction and explanation of this article.