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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Is Scientology an L. Ron Hubbard scam?

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Alright I dont wanna bash Scientology, I dont know and will never know everything about it. I do know they make you pay an increasing amount of money for "auditing" which seems a little weird and I have heard some evil things some of the followers have done, but that is "some" of its followers, there are crazy followers of all religeous groups. If it makes you a better individual than why not? When I first heard the word scientology I actually thought it meant that a person was searching for his purpose of existance by ways of science and that was what you studied, science, I thought it meant you believed in science and evolution,not religeon. So reading that L. ron Hubbard created it and it is a religeon that has crazy beliefs like any other religeon kind of freaked me out, because I love science and believe more in evolution than in a god creating man and the earth. All I can say is if you think Scientology is crazy,wait til you see what religeon George Lucas creates and his followrs

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion." - L. Ron Hubbard

    My guess would be yes.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, essentially, yes, Hubbard, while paranoid and having a hatred for psychiatrists, was a very intelligent and charismatic man, and I have even heard that he knew basic hypnosis.

    His understanding of brainwashing and mental manipulation has no doubt translated into many church documents, particularly 'auditing' and 'disconnection' policies. And we all know his famous quote about starting a religion to make money.

    Source(s): Anonymous, the sworn enemy of Scientology, has a yahoo group, and are probably willing to answer any other questions. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anonymousunited/
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  • 1 decade ago

    Of course. It was set up by Hubbard darnit. After he, in an interview, revealed that he wanted to get rich through creating a cult. He was an awful excuse for a writer. It is a vicious cult ran by and followed by idiots.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm pretty sure all Scientologists would disagree with you.

    Scientology has rehabilitated hundred of thousands of addicts, are highly involved in the jail system helping in criminal rehabilitation. Every one in scientology will tell you that they are living better lives because of Scientology. And if Scientology is not for you Scientology offers a 100% money back guaranty.

    "Self confidence alone is security. Your ability is your security. There is no security but you. Lets make the best possible you" L Ron Hubbard

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  • Indeed it is.

    Scientology is most certainly NOT a religion. In fact, one of the only reasons they enjoy "tax exempt status" on religious ground in the United States is because they bullied the IRS into a "deal" through extremely aggressive barratry (which is the offense of persistently instigating groundless lawsuits) against said government agency & its officials, & arranged to drop all 2,500 frivolous lawsuits only when an "agreement" was reached. In addition, Scientology's lawyers hired private investigators to dig up any "dirt" on IRS agents which was then used to blackmail or publicly smear all "vulnerable" agents. It was an all-out WAR that Scientology had waged against the IRS, & was even described as such by Scientology's "CEO", David Miscavige, in his 1993 speech to the International Association of Scientologists.

    http://legalminds.lp.findlaw.com/list/fedtax-l/msg...

    http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/nytimes/ny...

    http://www.factnet.org/headlines/give-away.htm

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cowen/essays/irs.html

    The official Scientology organization is composed of a number of “levels”. One begins as a “preclear” & works their way up. One must purchase virtually every service crucial to advancement directly from the "church" & at staggering prices. "Auditing", for example, is purchased in 12½ hour blocks, costing anywhere from $200-$750 for introductory sessions to between $8,000 & $9,000 for advanced sessions. Basically, Scientology claims to possess exclusive knowledge of the path to religious redemption & then charges obscene amounts of money for every tiny incremental step towards this end. Visit this link to see how $380,000 is a conservative estimate for the total cost of moving all the way up the Scientology hierarchal ladder: http://www.xenu.net/archive/prices.html

    These are the total costs for auditing alone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_as_a_busi...

    Here’s an explanation of what “auditing” is: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200612...

    Even more proof that Scientology is out for your money... here is Hubbard discussing turning the business of Scientology into a "religion" for profit:

    "I am not quite sure what we would call the place - probably not a clinic - but I am sure that it ought to be a company, independent of the HAS (Hubbard Association of Scientologists) but fed by the HAS. We don't want a clinic. We want one in operation but not in name. Perhaps we could call it a Spiritual Guidance Center. Think up its name, will you. ... It is a problem of practical business. I await your reaction on the religion angle." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_controver...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not so much a scam as a bet gone wrong.

    L Ron Hubbard was a third rate hack sci-fi writer. He bet another writer that he could make up a religion so absurd and yet people would believe it.

    And here we are....

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  • Scientology is a very difficult religion to summarize in just a few paragraphs, let alone in a few pages. It was founded in 1953 by fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, just four years after he made the statement, "I'd like to start a religion. That's where the money is," to Lloyd Eshbach; quoted by Eshbach in Over My Shoulder. That's where he found wealth, also--Hubbard became a multi-millionaire. An easier question to ask would be, "What are the similarities between Christianity and Scientology?" The answer to that would be, "There are no similarities."

    Scientology teaches that mankind is an immortal being (called a Thetan) not originally from this planet that is trapped by matter, energy, space, and time (MEST). Salvation for a Scientologist comes through a process called 'auditing,' whereby 'engrams' (basically, memories of past pain and unconsciousness that create energy blockage) are removed. Auditing is a very lengthy process and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When all engrams are finally removed, the Thetan can once again control MEST instead of being controlled by it. Until salvation, each Thetan is constantly reincarnated.

    Scientology is a very expensive religion to associate with. Every aspect of Scientology has some sort of fee associated with it. This is why Scientology's "pews" are filled only with the wealthy. It is also a very strict religion, and very punitive against those who would try to leave behind its teachings and membership. Its "scriptures" are limited solely to the writings and teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.

    Scientology is, without a doubt, a cult: Its teachings are taken from science fiction and eastern mythologies; It promotes man as the ultimate power in the universe--he just hasn't realized it yet; Salvation comes through an extremely expensive process of mind games; and it categorically denies the existence of the God of the Bible, Heaven, and Hell. To a Scientologist, Jesus Christ was just another nice guy who unfortunately was wrongfully put to death, and whose story ends at that death.

    Though Scientologists will claim that Scientology is compatible with Christianity, the Bible counters each and every point of belief they hold to: God is the sovereign and only creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1); Mankind was created by God (Genesis 1:27); the only salvation available to man is by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:8); salvation is a free gift that mankind can do nothing to earn (Ephesians 2:8-9); and Jesus Christ is alive and well, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father even now (Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 1:3), awaiting the time when He will gather His children to Himself to reside with Him for eternity in Heaven. Everybody else will be cast into a very real Hell, separated from God (Revelation 20:15).

    Scientology differs from Biblical Christianity on every important doctrine. Some of the most important differences are summarized below.

    God: Scientology believes that there are multiple gods and that some gods are above other gods. Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, recognizes the One and Only True God who revealed Himself to us in the Bible and through Jesus Christ. Those that believe in Him cannot believe the false concept of God as taught in Scientology.

    Jesus Christ: Like almost all other cults, Scientology denies the deity of Christ. Instead of having a biblical view of who Christ is and what He did, they assign to Him the characteristics of some sort of lesser God who has obtained a sort of legendary status over the years. On the other hand, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was God in the flesh and through His incarnation He could act as a sacrifice for our sins. It is through Christ’s death and resurrection that we can have the hope of eternal life with God.

    Sin: Scientology believes in the inherent goodness of man and that “It is despicable and utterly beneath contempt to tell a man he must repent, that he is evil.” On the other hand, the Bible teaches that man is a sinner and the only hope for him is that he repent of his sins and acknowledge Christ as his Lord and Savior.

    Salvation: Scientology believes in reincarnation and that personal salvation in one's lifetime is freedom from the cycle of birth and death associated with reincarnation. They believe that religious practice of all faiths is the universal way to wisdom, understanding, and salvation. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that there is only one way of salvation and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.

    When one looks at the teaching of Scientology in comparison with the Bible, he will see that the two have little if anything in common. Scientology will only lead you away from God and eternal life, and the Bible will lead you to God and eternal life. There is nothing to gain by associating with scientology and everything to lose.

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  • 1 decade ago

    totally

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not any more - he's dead. But he certainly started the ball rolling.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Can't help thinking that old Ron (PBUH), where ever he is now, is pissing himself laughing!

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