Defending Christmas In An Unbelieving World – Scientology (Part 2)
Scientologists say they respect all religions and share with other religions “the dreams of peace and salvation” (www.scientology.org). The creed of the Church of Scientology states that “all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance.” Scientology says publicly that they subscribe to the following mandates:
- “Respect the religious beliefs of others.”
- “Tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships.”
- “When one views the slaughter and suffering caused by religious intolerance down all the history of Man and into modern times, one can see that intolerance is a very non-survival activity.”
- “Religious tolerance does not mean one cannot express his own beliefs. It does mean that seeking to undermine or attack the religious faith and beliefs of another has always been a short road to trouble.”
- “The way to happiness can become contentious when one fails to respect the religious beliefs of others.”
The truth is that the goal of Scientology is to be the only religion people believe and practice. As we saw in our first study about Scientology, founder L. Ron Hubbard thought poorly of Jesus Christ and Christianity. Here are a couple of reminders about his beliefs:
“Somebody on this planet, about 600 B.C. found some pieces of ‘R6.’ I don’t know how they found it; either by watching madmen or something. But since that time they have used it. And it became what is known as Christianity. The man on the cross. There was no Christ!’ The Roman Catholic Church, through watching the dramatizations of people picked up some little fragments of R6.” [LRH, Routine R6EW, L. Ron Hubbard]
“For those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance, the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure (he) has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred … You have only to look at the history his teachings inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biologic implanting … No doubt you are familiar with the Revelations section of the Bible where various events are predicted. Also mentioned is a brief period of time in which the arch-enemy of Christ, referred to as the anti-Christ, will reign and his opinions will have sway … this anti-Christ represents the forces of Lucifer (literally, the “light-bearer” or “light-bringer”), Lucifer being a mythical representation of the forces of enlightenment…. My mission could be said to fulfill the Biblical promise represented by this brief anti-Christ period.” (Student Briefing, OT VIII Series I, L. Ron Hubbard)
Hubbard said on one hand that there was no Christ, and on the other hand that the historic Jesus was a homosexual and pedophile with a terrible temper. That’s what Hubbard believed, but what about today’s Scientologists? Do they “respect the beliefs of others” as Scientology publicly states? Do they believe that “seeking to undermine or attack the religious faith and beliefs of another” is a “short road to trouble”?
In a 1999 interview in the Phoenix New Times, Karin Pouw – American spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology and Director of Public Affairs for Church of Scientology International – was asked about the church’s teaching that Jesus was a false memory implanted into humans by aliens. Pouw was quoted as saying, “So what if we believe Jesus is a figment of the imagination?”
The teachings of Scientology could not be farther from the teachings of Christianity. Scientologists may say they respect all religions and share with other religions the dreams of peace and salvation, but their writings, teachings, and practice say otherwise. The teachings of L. Ron Hubbard are the core doctrine for Scientology and we’ve read what he thinks about Jesus Christ and Christianity.
Witnessing to a Scientologist is similar to sharing the Gospel with any lost person. Satan controls the thinking of unsaved people because they are dead in trespasses and sins and he is their god – whether they know it or not (Ephesians 2:1-3). Whatever “faith” system an unbeliever adopts, the root is found in Satan’s earliest lies found in Genesis 3.
1. “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2. “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Scientology, like other cults, questions the clear directives of God as stated in His Word and replaces it with their own words and directives (e.g. writings of L. Ron Hubbard). They also teach that what’s important for people during this lifetime is to be “enlightened” and “know yourself.” Those lies come from Satan and it’s important to understand that when witnessing to a Scientologist or any cultist. The focus of cults is on “self.” The focus of Christianity is on Christ. The Message of the Lord Jesus Christ is to “deny self” and follow Him and only Him. Cult leaders like L. Ron Hubbard want people to follow them, not Jesus. That’s how Satan works.
Here are some of the “beliefs” of Scientologists. Knowing these will help you in sharing the Gospel with them.
“Man is an immortal spiritual being.
His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime.His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized.
Scientology further holds Man to be basically good, and that his spiritual salvation depends upon himself, his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.
Scientology is not a dogmatic religion in which one is asked to accept anything on faithalone. On the contrary, one discovers for oneself that the principles of Scientology are trueby applying its principles and observing or experiencing the results.
The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for all.
Unlike religions with Judeo-Christian origins, the Church of Scientology has no set dogma concerning God that it imposes on its members. As with all its tenets, Scientology does not ask individuals to accept anything on faith alone. Rather, as one’s level of spiritual awareness increases through participation in Scientology auditing and training, one attains his own certainty of every dynamic. Accordingly, only when the Seventh Dynamic (spiritual) is reached in its entirety will one discover and come to a full understanding of the Eighth Dynamic (infinity) and one’s relationship to the Supreme Being. Scientologists take the maxim quite to heart that God helps those who help themselves. They believe that each person has the answers to the mysteries of life. All one requires is awareness of these answers, and this is what Scientology helps one achieve. Man is accustomed to asking for pat answers. Scientology requires that the person think for himself and thus help himself become more understanding, able, happy and healthy. (“Scientology Beliefs & Practices” – Scientology.org)
Every tenet of the Scientology Beliefs & Practices is focused on self – not on God. They don’t even know who God is and they certainly do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God, Lord of the universe, and Savior of the world.
In the next part of our study, we’ll share some practical steps you can take to build a relationship with a Scientologist for the purpose of sharing the Gospel with them.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,
Building Confidence Through Evidence
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