Happy Thursday! I hope that all of you have enjoyed our series these past three weeks, and as we wrap it up, I hope that you will enjoy what I have to say today. Today I’m wrapping up our first series with Christianity vs. Scientology. I’m sure that most of you have seen, or at least heard of, the TV Series that came out last fall with Leah Remini. Remini very publically spoke out about the church of Scientology and its cult-like practices. However, before we talk about why most people feel the need to “escape” the church of Scientology, let’s get a couple of things straight… starting with the question that most of you are probably asking: What even is Scientology anyways?
According to http://www.scientology.org, Scientology is a religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology is the study of knowledge. Scientologists claim that Scientology gives practical solutions to real life problems. Scientologists do not believe in anything based truly upon faith- this is very different than Christians as everything we believe to be true about our God is based on faith. Scientology, like most religions, is based on a few fundamental truths. These are:
1.) Man is an immortal Spiritual being
2.) His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime
3.) His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized
All of these truths are different from that of the Christian faith. Christians believe that man is an immortal creature created by God, and the only way to receive eternal life is through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6) We believe that after death there is either eternal life, or eternal damnation in hell. Also, we believe that we are nothing without Christ. We believe that through Christ, we can do anything, but without him, we are only capable of what to human body can accomplish. (Philippians 4:13)
Scientology claims to address the spirit rather than man’s physical body or the mind. Scientologists believe that there is a deeper meaning to man’s existence rather than just to be. Scientologists believe that man is ultimately good, and that their salvation is not based on their faith, but rather their personal life and fellowship with other people. According to http://www.scientology.org, the ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment for all people.
Scientology is practiced all around the world: in 184 countries across six continents. Over 194 languages comprise the religion. 4.4 million people join the Church of Scientology each year. This is an incredible rate of people joining this religion every year. This is probably due to the fact that many celebrities promote this religion publicly.
However, many people who have been in the church for years, decades even, are coming out and publicly speaking AGAINST the Church of Scientology. These former Scientologists claim that the Church is cult-like and abusive in nature. However, their persecution doesn’t end after the “escape” the religion. Leah Remini is probably the most well known anti-Scientology speakers in the US. Remini spent years in the Church, but recently split from the Church and is now speaking out about her experiences as a Scientologist. According to an interview with CNN, Remini claims that the religion is more like a cult than a religion. She talks about the abusive nature of the church through their leaders and how many people are sucked into believing this “truth” for life. Through her TV series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”, Remini talks about the monetary contributions that the church requires you to make, as well as the time spent studying and promoting the Church. She talks to other people who have escaped the Church of Scientology and how they have been excommunicated from their family. Remini’s actions are brave, as she never knows who’s watching and listening to anything she has to say. She reminds us how the Church of Scientology finds a way to undermine anything negative said about the Church.
Scientology is one of the most popular, and quickly growing religions in the United States alone. This cult-like religion requires years of dedication, hours of reading, studying, and promotion, thousands to millions in monetary contribution, and more. Scientology can be life altering. It causes divorces, families to split, and excommunication between a mother and her child. Scientology, though promoted by celebrities everywhere is a dangerous religion.
Thank you for reading what I have to say today. I hope that you all enjoyed this series on Christianity versus Other World Religions. I hope that all of you have learned something new as Lacey and I did. I hope you’ll all come back next week for some more blog posts. Don’t forget to like, comment, and share this post, also you should hit that follow button at the bottom of your screen! Be His Hands and Feet,
http://www.scientology.org/what-is-scientology.html?link=side_wis (paragraph under video)
Link to Leah Remini Interview