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Understanding Scientology

By: Anna Ryan Jon Jee Staff Published: January 13, 2017 8:59 AM

Most people assume that religion is a belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God. However, scientology is a religious system based on the seeking of self-knowledge and spiritual fulfillment through graded courses of study and training. It was founded by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986) in 1955.

Hubbard believed that Jesus was a fictional character in religious history and that heaven was a “false dream.” Scientologists do not study the Bible; instead, they study the findings of Hubbard. Scientologists abide by their own Golden Rule - “The Code of Honor.” This code includes familiar, every-day phrases such as “never desert a comrade in danger” and “never need praise, approval, sympathy.”

Famous actress and comedian, Leah Remini, produced a documentary series on TV entitled “Scientology and the Aftermath.” Remini, a former Scientologist, disproves the entire religion. The show exploits numerous personal stories of previous members who had been “disclaimed” from the church.

When someone leaves Scientology and their family members choose to continue practicing, the Church expects those family members that chose to stay to disconnect and cut off communications with their offending non-believer relatives. A Scientologist can have trouble making spiritual progress in his training if he is connected to someone who is opposed to Scientology.

Many celebrities are members including John Travolta and Tom Cruise. As The Telegraph puts it, “Scientology really, really likes famous people.” Before Hubbard’s death, he actually made it his mission to go out and attract famous people to his religion. “'These celebrities are well-guarded, well-barricaded, over-worked, aloof quarry. If you bring one of them home you will get a small plaque as your reward,' Hubbard wrote to his followers.”

As part of learning and becoming a Scientologist, people are required to take certain courses. The first course costs $15 for sixteen hours of Scientology education. Later, the cost will jump to $25, and sometimes more. One man who paid $1,200 in advance for a 50 hour course completed it in 20 minutes, which meant he spent about $1 a second.

Scientology seems to disconnect people from reality and dangles the bait of a story where they can be their own hero, however, some are very committed to this practice.

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