Scientology - new world religion?
I'm sure you have all heard about this new religion , Scientology, that has become very popular , especially in the U.S.Scientology has attracted several artists and entertainers, particularly Hollywood celebrities such as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Lisa Marie Presley, Jason Lee, Isaac Hayes, Tom Cruise, and Katie Holmes.But why does it actually pretend to be better than all the others and tries to attract more and more people by its side?How did Scientology emerge? Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by American science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.
So what do they claim their mission is?"Scientology is a religion in its highest meaning, as it helps bring man to total freedom and truth."Is there so?At a first read at their basic definition it may seem a church that simply follows known beliefs such as equality , welfare and moral standards promotion.It has launched campaigns such as anti-drug, anti-violence , anti-abuse , etc and pretends to teach people how to solve their problems and help others.
So is it only a welfare community which seeks no profit?
Not all religions do pretend similar things and follow mostly the same beliefs?What is Scientology different with?
♦A commonly held belief among Scientologists is that psychiatry and psychology are destructive and abusive fields, which must be abolished.
♦Members are not allowed to engage in other religious activities or ceremonies. The highest level of Scientology writings released portray religious figures such as Jesus as fictitious.
♦Scientology advocates that people are immortal spiritual beings (or thetans) which have lived many lifetimes.Therefore , they believe in reincarnation. Scientologists believe that the primary purpose of existence is survival.
♦One controversial aspect of Scientology beliefs is the idea that thetans lived among extraterrestrial cultures before becoming trapped in bodies on Earth.It is believed that thetans were brainwashed by these extraterrestrial cultures as a means of population control.
♦The belief of extraterrestrial origins is not taught to new members, but is only presented after members have advanced through the ranks of Scientology.
♦According to Scientology, 75 million years ago Xenu(introduced as an alien ruler of the "Galactic Confederacy") brought billions of people to Earth in spacecraft resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners, stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs in the volcanoes. The thetans then clustered together, stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to do this today. Scientologists at advanced levels place considerable emphasis on isolating thetans and neutralizing their ill effects.
♦According to Hubbard what happens in death is this: the Thetan (spirit) finds itself without a body (which has died) and then it goes looking for a new body. Thetans "will hang around people. They will see a woman who is pregnant and follow her down the street." Then, the Thetan will slip into the newborn "usually...two or three minutes after the delivery of a child from the mother. A Thetan usually picks it up about the time the baby takes its first gasp." How Hubbard knows this is never revealed.
How can this church possibly convince people of the existence of the thetans?Do they have any proof?In 2005, Scientology stated its worldwide membership at 8 million people, and that number included people who took only the introductory course and didn't continue on.It seems that they were successful on persuading Tom Cruise as well.
Terms used by Tom Cruise:
*KSW (short for Keeping Scientology Working): A policy written by
Hubbard in the 1960's that requires all Scientologists to follow his
words and his rules exactly.
* SP: Suppressive Person. Anyone that doesn't like Scientology and/or criticizes Scientology.
*PTS/SP: another Hubbard term to define behavior that goes
against Scientology rules.
*LRH technology or 'tech': all the Scientology policies, rules, mandates, procedures.
*David Miscavige: He is the current leader of Scientology.
He's the equivalent of the Pope to the Catholics.
Is this for real?There are a lot of issues that really question the true mission of Scientology:
If there are here to help and their mission is total freedom and truth why all these doctrines?Here you can see the UNFUNNY TRUTH about this organisation which pretends to help.
♦Scientology's disconnection policy, in which members are encouraged to cut off all contact with friends or family members considered "antagonistic."
♦Criminal activities committed on behalf of the Church or directed by Church officials (Operation Snow White, Operation Freakout ->see video below)
♦Conflicting statements about L. Ron Hubbard's life, in particular accounts of Hubbard discussing his intent to start a religion for profit, and of his service in the military
♦Scientology's harassment and litigious actions against its critics encouraged by its Fair Game policy
♦Attempts to legally force search engines such as Google and Yahoo to omit any web pages critical of Scientology from their search engines (and in Google's case, AdSense), or at least the first few search pages
"We are actually the first people that do know a great deal about death.It is one of the larger successes of Scientology" - L.Ron Hubbard(Scientology founder)