Scientology and Christianity

Posted: March 23, 2008 in Daily Rant

A few comparisons.

New recruits to the Church of Scientology are told that they can practice their religion of choice and Scientology at the same time. The official introductory handbook “What is Scientology?” (1992) states (p 544): “In Scientology there is no attempt to change a person’s beliefs or to persuade him away from any religion to which he already belongs.”

“Scientology is all-denominational in that it opens its membership to people of all faiths.”

“Membership in Scientology does not mean that there is any necessity to leave your current church, synagogue, temple or mosque.”

“Scientology respects all religions. Scientology does not conflict with other religions or other religious practices” “The whole Christian movement is based on the victim. Compulsion of the overt-motivator sequence. They won by appealing to victims. We can win by converting victims. Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people.”, HCOB 18 July, 1959, under “Historical Note”. Scientology believes that God exists, but goes on to say “As to the form in which He exists, we do not know” (Scientology: A World Religion, p. 17: What is Scientology, p. 200).

Scientology says man is basically good Christianity teaches that man is plagued by original sin (Romans
5:12
)
The basic nature of Man is not bad. It is good. One should realize that as a possibility. The basic nature of Man itself is not at fault. But the basic primitive adventures of Man were violent and savage and, as Freud supposed, it is that imposed brutality which Man must hold in check.Living with the beasts of the jungle, caught at every hand by death and terror, early Man could not but develop brutal reactions. Murder and war were the commonplace. Man had not learned to control his environment and so he had to combat it. Every walk forth from his cave might mean death or battle. Every mischance might bring about catastrophe. Man had no choice to be anything but brutal and savage. Man is subjugated and made afraid, he is made brutal and wicked by basic instincts. In order to be civilized Man must repress those instincts. The moment he represses them he becomes sick. Thus the solution is impossible. Unless Man can reach inside himself and eradicate in some manner the things which make him kill and steal and make war. Can instincts be eradicated from the mind? They certainly can be and with less trouble than anyone ever suspected. Genesis 1:1 (CEV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.;
Psalm 14:1-3 (CEV) Only a fool would say, “There is no God!” People like that are worthless; they are heartless and cruel and never do right. From heaven the LORD looks down to see if anyone is wise enough to search for him. But all of them are corrupt; no one does right;
Gen. 2:7-8 (CEV) The LORD God took a handful of soil and made a man. God breathed life into the man, and the man started breathing. The LORD made a garden in a place called Eden, which was in the east, and he put the man there;

Genesis 1:25-29 (CEV) God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures.” So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women. God gave them his blessing and said: Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth. I have provided all kinds of fruit and grain for you to eat. And I have given the green plants as food for everything else that breathes. These will be food for
animals, both wild and tame, and for birds.

Romans 5:12 (CEV) Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world. Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die.

Galatians 3:22 (CEV) But the Scriptures say that sin controls everyone, so that God’s promises will be for anyone who has faith in Jesus Christ.

Scientology accepts reincarnation Christianity rejects it (Hebrews 9:27) and holds to the resurrection of the body.

1 Corinthians 15:50-57;

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18;

Revelation 20:5, 13

Scientology dismisses the reality of hell Christianity accepts it as the final destination of all who reject Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:10-14)
Scientology rejects the divinity of Jesus Christ Christianity believes Jesus is absolute deity (John 1:1), the divine Messiah who is the unique only begotten Son of God and Savior of mankind.

John 3:16; Titus 2:13, 14

Scientology accepts occult “out-of-body” experiences Christianity condemns all forms of occultism (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
Theta. This is the dynamic towards the preservation of the body of energy sometimes called God . . . call it anything you want to, there is that something which man has always striven toward. He has a certain faith that he becomes imbued with and which makes it possible for him to do things that he never would have dreamed of doing before. To a boy whose life is all wrapped up in electronics and who is sitting on the edge of a cyclotron, God may well be a cyclotron. To an author, God might be a book, and to a mechanic God might seem to be a very fine racing car. But these would be rather short-sighted views for each individual. The Bible declares there is one true God, the Creator of the universe and all that is therein. He is knowable and personal by His creators. He transcend (is outside of) both time and space. He is sovereign over all creation.

Psalms 135:6; Ephesians 1:11,

and there is no god beside Him

Deuteronomy 32:39;

Isaiah 44:6; 46:9

Even though He is both righteous and just, He is portrayed in Scripture as compassionately toward His people.

Psalms 81:10

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4;

Philippians 4:6, 7

He is a loving God toward all mankind

John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9

“An enemy… may be injured by any means or tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”- L. Ron Hubbard, Penalties for Lower Conditions, HCO PL 18 Oct 67 “This is the correct procedure:1. Spot who is attacking us.

2. Start investigating them promptly for FELONIES or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies.

3. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them.

4. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.

DON’T EVER tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.”

– L. Ron Hubbard, Attacks on Scientology, HCO PL 25 Feb 1966

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.” – Jesus Christ, Luke 6:27-28,
Matthew 5:38-39
“I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is.” –
L. Ron Hubbard to Lloyd Eshbach in 1949; quoted by Eshbach in Over My Shoulder.
“… men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” – St. Paul,
1 Timothy 5:5
“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 Manon the cross. There was no Christ!” – L. Ron Hubbard, Class 8 Auditor’s Course (Confidential), taped on the ship Apollo in Corfu, Greece. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life.” – St. John ,
1 John. 1:1
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