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The Church of Scientology

Author: Russ Wise
Date: 11/23/2005 12:53:32 PM


An Exact Path to Man’s Salvation1



 


The story of Scientology reads like the plot of a sensational science-fiction movie. The story line goes something like this: a science-fiction writer becomes the founder of a religion based on Eastern beliefs, makes millions of dollars, and then becomes a paranoid recluse.


            His disciples dress in naval uniforms, engage in espionage, and become subjects of numerous governmental probes. The organization conducts smear campaigns against its enemies and hundreds of its own members are declared to be ‘Suppressive Persons’2. Its enemies are also subjected to multi-million dollar lawsuits. It may sound bizarre, but it is a true account of The Church of Scientology.


A suppressive person is one who, although a member, is considered to be an enemy of the church and subject to being “tricked, cheated, lied to, sued or destroyed.”3 My first in-depth contact with Scientology came in April of 1995 when I received an inquiry from a gentleman who served in a number of capacities within the organization. He was involved in the organization’s intelligence, legal and public relations bureaus, and in his last two years with the organization he worked with Hubbard’s personal biographer, collecting hundreds of documents. During the process of gathering the needed documents for the biography he discovered the real L. Ron Hubbard and the insidious nature of the organization. His research confirmed his growing suspicions regarding the true nature of the church. Scientology was “anti-Christian and anti-God.”4 He stated that Scientology “professes in its publications to the uninitiated and the media to accept Christians and to acknowledge Jesus Christ. Inside the organization, however, it ‘preaches’ that Christ and God are ‘implants,’ false ideas electronically installed in humans to effectuate their control. It claims that Scientology is the only way for freeing people from the enslavement of the Christian Church. Anyone inside the organization who considered Christ, the Holy Spirit or God real, who prayed, or believed God played a part in his or her life, was considered ‘psychotic’ and ‘dramatizing’ an implant.”5 The Church of Scientology, in effect, uses intimidation, coercion, emotional abuse, and any other means to control the individual and the outcome of any possible litigation against the organization.


            In order to better understand the unusual nature of the organization it is important to know its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.


 


Who is Lafayette Ronald Hubbard?


            Hubbard was born in March of 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska. This we know to be true. Beyond his birth date there is seemingly very little that can be known for certain. We can also know with a degree of certainty that Hubbard was involved in the occult as a student of Aleister Crowley, who was known as The Beast among his followers. He was involved in screenwriting, he had a highly creative mind as a science-fiction writer, and he developed Dianetics which later became known as Scientology.


            We can also know for certain that he and his organization have been involved in numerous lawsuits and court cases regarding misconduct since the beginning of Scientology. Hubbard claimed to have grown up on a ranch owned by his grandparents; this has proven to be untrue. His adventures in the Far East as a young man are equally untrue, as is his sitting at the feet of spiritual Masters and gurus. Hubbard’s ‘doctorate’ degree from Sequoia University is by mail order, a degree mill. His record in the U. S. Navy is a further example of his creativity. He claimed to have been a war hero and had been wounded as a result of his valor. The facts seem to indicate otherwise. There is more, but I do want to keep this article somewhat brief. Please indulge me one last comment regarding Hubbard’s integrity. After the final arguments of a lawsuit in Great Britain, Justice Latey made this observation: Hubbard was in his judgement a ‘charlatan and worse’; ‘a cynical liar’; and his church as ‘corrupt, sinister and dangerous’.6


 


Hubbard and the Beast


            What can we know for certain? It has become painfully obvious that we cannot take L. Ron Hubbard at his word. Hubbard had studied under Aleister Crowley and fancied himself as Crowley’s successor. Hubbard’s son, Ronald, made this statement about his father after the passing of Crowley. “When Crowley died in 1954, my father thought he should wear the cloak of the beast and become the most powerful being in the universe . . . What a lot of people don’t realize is that Scientology is black magic . . . spread out over a long time period. To perform black magic generally takes a few hours or, at most, a few weeks, but in Scientology it’s stretched out over a lifetime and so you don’t see it. Black magic is the inner core of Scientology – and is probably the only part of Scientology that works.”7


                Hubbard became acquainted with Aleister Crowley and his text, The Book of the Law when he visited the Library of Congress as a young man. Crowley viewed the book as his Bible and alleged that the book was dictated to him by Aiwas, a spirit possessing fantastic knowledge and powers. Not only did Crowley consider it his Bible, L. Ron Hubbard considered it the most important book in his life.8 Hubbard subsequently became more disturbing as he became increasingly absorbed in the occult and the magick he learned from Crowley.


According to a government report from Victoria, Australia, “Much of Hubbard's writings show a morbid preoccupation with matters relating to abnormal behaviour of women, sex, rape, abortions, and similar topics. Especially in his books on dianetics, which are still recommended reading without which it is said one cannot succeed in scientology, he shows a prurient and distinctly unhealthy attachment to abortions, rape, perversion, and similar matters. This attachment, however, is by no means limited to his dianetic writings; there are several such references in his scientology writings also.”9 The supporting material that points to Hubbard’s perversion is incontrovertible. There is an avalanche of evidence to support such a case.


The fact that Hubbard was a colorful character and operated as a messiah is without question. The factual aspect of his involvement with Crowley and his perversion is less known. Scientologists attempt to keep it that way, but the evidence is overwhelming if one simply looks.


 


Church Beliefs and Doctrine


Scientology, as told by Scientologists, means "knowing how to know" or the study of knowing. Thus, Scientology is a gnostic [gnosis: to know] belief system. The attainment of Godhood through special revelation is a hallmark of Gnostic belief systems.


According to William J. Petersen, the author of Those Curious New Cults, the distinctive beliefs of Scientologists include the belief that man is basically good. The Bible teaches that man is in need of redemption and a Savior (See: Romans 3:10, 23). The highest authority for the Scientologist is not God or the person of Christ, but L. Ron Hubbard and ultimately himself. For the Scientologist, his faith is not about knowing God, but rather about getting to know him or herself.


As a result, God, becomes irrelevant. Only Scientology is relevant! God is not taken into account in the workings of Scientology. This view concerning God leads the Scientologist to a warped code of ethics. The concept of turning one’s cheek in the face of adversity or to love one’s enemies is not a part of a Scientologist’s understanding or treatment of others.


Man is not only good; he is deity (a Thetan). Man, according to the Scientologist, is incapable of error and “his reason will produce perfect behavior and therefore solve all the problems of the human predicament.”10 Simply, man is not in need of a Savior. He is only in need of better understanding himself, essentially his inherent deity. According to Hubbard, the primary essence of each human is an imprisoned “Thetan,” or god, trying to get out and express itself. Essentially, the problem with man is that he is unaware of his divinity or “Thetanhood”. Scientologists claim that man’s divinity or his Thetanhood can be released through auditing, a form of counseling. Once the individual has completed the required auditing he is then considered to be an OT or Operating Thetan. The individual is then fully aware of his or her divinity and free of their neuroses and other negative human traits.


 “Scientology explains that they do not believe in reanimation, but rather that the thetan [spirit] has inhabited many, many bodies since the beginning of time.


“Scientology teaches that the thetan is quite capable of surviving without a body, and though unusual, can even inhabit "doll" bodies and even share a body with other thetans ["Body Thetans"]. The thetan "picks up a body" when a baby is born, controls the mind and body during its life, then discards the body when it is worn out or of no further use. Then the cycle is repeated with the next body.”11  


This belief is not compatible with biblical Christianity and is more closely aligned with paganism or Eastern religions than it is with Scriptural orthodoxy. However, it is interesting to note that Hubbard makes an attempt in his teachings to say that reincarnation was once an essential part of Christian doctrine. On this point he aligns himself with other New Age/Pagan writers in his desire to cause confusion and misunderstanding about the clear teaching of the Bible.


Another of Scientology’s aberrant beliefs is that of reincarnation and man’s past lives. The Scientologist participates in therapeutic auditing of his or her life, current and past, to detect imperfections known as engrams. The auditing of one’s past lives is known as “Whole Track” and expressly has an implicit belief in reincarnation (Past Lives). Along with past life regression and therapy the Scientologist also experiences “soul or astral travel”. Scientology is unique in that it is the first Western religion to combine technology and Eastern mysticism to bring about change in an individual’s life.


For the Scientologist not only is there no heaven or hell as understood in traditional faiths, but there is no need for salvation as well. Salvation is seen in terms of the alleviation of psychosomatic ills or neuroses, recognizing one’s divinity as an OT.


These secret doctrines of Scientology are revealed to the initiate in stages. Otherwise, the recruit would just walk out of the Celebrity Center and laugh at the absurdity of their claims. Hubbard was a genius at propaganda and organization. He had the uncanny ability to seduce people with his air of importance and to pull them into his web of deception while emptying their pockets.


Hubbard further seduced the innocent by charming them into believing the notion that they were gods who were accountable to no one other than themselves. They just had to pay him in order to discover the technology of spiritual success and future enlightenment.


 


Conclusion


            Gerry Armstrong knows Scientology from the inside – he was the gentleman who wrote me in early 1995. He knew the inner workings and practices of the church well.


            Armstrong ultimately left the organization after he became disillusioned with the corruption he witnessed first hand. The anti-social nature of the church along with the criminal intelligence operations against labeled enemies and the victimization of its own members caused him to see the church for what it was, a fraudulent organization with the intention of controlling people’s lives and bleeding their bank accounts. He was soon labeled an “overt” and became a church enemy.


Gerry has a lot to say about the church to which he gave much of his adult life. Not only did he have first hand knowledge of the organization, he also had first hand experience of how the church treated its sworn enemies. He has been in a legal battle with his former church for the past two decades.


Because The Church of Scientology engages in practices unheard-of in traditionally orthodox churches it is important to recognize the danger one faces by becoming involved in Scientology. Doing so, the individual risks his personal freedom and his mental sanity according to Judge Anderson, of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.12


Another judge from Great Britain makes this observation, "The government is satisfied that Scientology is socially harmful. It alienates members of families from each other and attributes squalid and disgraceful motives to all who oppose it; its authoritarian principles and practice are a potential menace to the personality and well being of those so deluded as to become followers; above all, its methods can be a serious danger to the health of those who submit to them... There is no power under existing law to prohibit the practice of Scientology; but the government has concluded that it is so objectionable that it would be right to take all steps within its power to curb its growth."


Kenneth Robinson, British Minister of Health


                Scientology is not only hazardous to one’s health but it is also considered to be immoral and sinister in the eyes of other judges. Quoting Justice Latey again, "Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious...It is corrupt, sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has as its real objective money and power for Mr. Hubbard... It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it. It is dangerous because it is out to capture people and to indoctrinate and brainwash them so they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with others."


Justice Latey, ruling in the High Court of London


These two examples should suffice for the reader to recognize that The Church of Scientology is not an organization for one who may be faint of heart. Scientology is known to use and abuse those whom it engages. Once the member is used, and his funds depleted, he is no longer useful to the organization and is then left disillusioned. Gerry Armstrong has much to say about this aspect of church involvement after having lived it.


Scientology not only shrouds itself in secrecy and mystical teachings based in the occult, it is also extremely dangerous for those who become entrapped in its snare. L. Ron Hubbard is not the “messiah”. He is not one who is known for his integrity and he is not one to be emulated as a model for one’s behavior.


The next time you are offered a personality survey on the street, or given an opportunity to enroll in a seminar to improve your relationships or perhaps strengthen your financial portfolio, take another look to see who you are about to join. The person attempting to seduce you may be a church member of the most sinister of all churches.


Endnotes:


1.       Scientology- What is it? Is Scientology a religion? p.2.


2.       Robert Lindsey, The New York Times, 7/11/1984, p. A1.


3.       Ibid, p. A21.


4.       Gerald Armstrong, 1995. Document on file.


5.       Ibid.


6.       Stewart Lamont, Religion Inc. Te Church of Scientology, Harrap Ltd, Ludgatre Hill, London, 1986, p. 18.


7.       Ibid, p. 21.


8.       Bent Corydon & L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?, 1987, p. 47.


9.       Kevin Victor Anderson, Q.C. The Anderson Report, Report of the Board of Enquiry into Scientology, 1965, The State of Victoria, Australia, Chapter 6.


10.   William J. Petersen, Those Curious new Cults, Keats Publishing, inc., New Cannan, Connecticut, 1973, p. 95-96.


11.   http://www.ezlink.com/~perry/Co$/Christian/christian.htm


12.   http://www.xenu.net/archive/disk/archive/quotes.htm


Resources:



  1. http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/russ-baker-scientologywood-1991.htm

  2. http://www.ezlink.com/~perry/Co$/Christian/intro.htm

  3. http://www.equip.org/free/DS170.htm

  4. http://www.waltermartin.org/scient.html

  5. http://www.ami.com.au/~bradw/cos/Theology/Theology/

  6. http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/

 


The above resources represent a broad range of interests and information regarding Scientology. There are others, but these will keep the interested student busy enough.


 




Author's Comments:
The Church of Scientology has gained unprecedented growth in recent days because of the influence of celebrities like Tom Cruise. It is crucial that individuals, who may be ensnared by the celebrity status of leading actors, recognize the deceptive practices of Scientology offered above.

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