Was Scientology really Made up By a Sci-fi Writer named L.Ron Hubbard?... If it was, Why do people follow ...?
it as a Religion? Are there really that many Naive People in the world?
LOL....."Liz-ism" Ild follow you... Can the Church be Based in Hawaii, and surfing every weekend be part of the sacriments?
See, for everyone comparing Scientology, to Other more Established Ideologies... I dont Think any faith has it IN their Scriptures that you must give your Money to the Faith... and From what i understand, Scientology DOES.
Now Churches ASK for Money.. but I dont Think any Faith But Scientology has it in its Doctrine that you must give money.
Its not a religeous question persay lol. I dont know anything about Scientology or its members, i mean i know Cruise and travolta are into it and Isaac hayes left Southpark and Took "Chef" with him because he's into it and they made fun of Cruise.. But other than that i knew Nothing till today my mom was saying "It was created by a Sci-fi writer named L.Ron Hubbard" and i was like "No Fvckin WAY!" And she said how it involves ALiens and The Souls of Aliens inhabiting the bodies of chosen people and i just HAD to ask about it.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Alright, here's the low-down on Scientology. I hope you find it helpful and informative (and yes, I wrote this):
Scientology, which questionably calls itself a new "religion", is the brainchild of science fiction writer & occult enthusiast L. Ron Hubbard. The organization, by means of Hubbard’s self created psychotherapy technique called “Dianetics”, claims to be able to help rid members of any & all mental constraints including but not limited to emotional scarring (from this & "past" lives) due to "engrams" (past negative experiences stored in our unconscious mind), psychological disorders & chemical imbalances (the solution is to convince members that these things don't actually exist) & drug dependence (including legally prescribed psychopharmaceuticals which counteract the effects of psychological disorders Scientologists believe to be nonexistent). Their “treatment” of substance abuse includes little more than massive, often dangerous doses of vitamins and unhealthy extended sessions in a sauna.
Dianetics review: http://dir.salon.com/story/books/review/2005/06/28...
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.
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...
At level OT III (Operating Thetan Level 3), some very strange & fiercely guarded secrets are imparted upon worthy members who have paid enough money to advance to such a level (and no, this isn't a joke): The evil alien ruler Xenu killed millions of aliens (Thetans) from around the universe by kidnapping them, bringing them to earth in golden DC-8 “space-planes”, stacking them around volcanoes & blowing them up by dropping “h-bombs” into the volcanoes. Scientologists believe the souls of these aliens (these souls are "Body Thetans") were captured, brainwashed & released; they then attached themselves to our ancestors (and according to Scientology’s belief in Thetan immortality, they also attached to us during “past lives”) & cause many of our mental & physical ills to this day. Auditing is said to “clear” us of these Body Thetans as well as the “mental implants” they supposedly impose on our minds. http://www.spaink.net/cos/essays/atack_ot3.html
Scientology has taken a very hostile stance towards psychiatry & psychiatric drugs irrespective of the fact that some people require medication to remain adequately functional during everyday life. It doesn’t recognize legitimate conditions like autism, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ANY neurological disorder / chemical imbalance at all, & the “church” has been known to withhold prescription pharmaceuticals from members (often with harmful & deadly results). The “Church” blames psychiatry for the Holocaust, as well as school shootings & even September 11th. It’s been suggested that Hubbard’s vehement opposition was born of the psychiatric community’s rejection of his “tech” as a valid treatment method, but it’s also possible that Hubbard chose psychiatry as a scapegoat. Organizations like Scientology are notorious for villainizing a specific out-group because their “stand against the enemy” fosters cohesion within said organization, & psychiatry was an effective rallying point considering many people already distrust & oppose the mental health profession.
L. Ron Hubbard, the man behind the creation of Scientology, was & still is a controversial figure. Biographies & lists of personal accomplishments differ greatly between Scientology & non-Scientology publications as the “church” tends to exaggerate & outright lie about his early life, his education, his travels, his achievements etc, preferring to paint a distorted, flattering picture. Several books & articles present facts which flatly contradict these church-published accounts (links to free online copies of these books & articles are provided below), showing conclusively that he was NOT the brilliant, accomplished figure revered by Scientologists. During his autopsy, the sedative Vistaril™ was present in his body, which several of his assistants would later attest was only one of many psychiatric & pain medications Hubbard ingested over the years. It had also been said by many who knew Hubbard personally that at the end of his life he was “a psychopathic insane person screaming about BT's [Body Thetans]…”
To be blunt, Scientology is a cult. It employs semi-legitimate psychotherapy & self-help methods to keep people loyal & convinced of its merit while it simultaneously sucks them dry financially & attempts to keep them far away from ANYONE, even friends & family, who would dissuade them from remaining in such a harmful situation. It bullies all known critics, opponents, “enemies”, etc, often through malicious litigation & character assassination. It’s a particularly greedy as well as manipulative & dangerous cult that takes its anti-psychiatry fanaticism to deadly limits.Source(s): Watch this very revealing video that will, in about 5 minutes, show you EXACTLY what Scientology is all about: http://theunfunnytruth.ytmnd.com/ This is an hour long special report on Jeremy Perkins, the mentally disturbed son of Scientologist parents who refused to put him on the anti-psychotic drugs that would have stabilized him & prevented him from killing his own mother: http://www.scientomogy.com/jeremy_perkins.php Is Scientology a cult? Yes, & this is why: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200706... Scientology in relation to God, Jesus and Christianity: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200708... This is how they sell their cult to others: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200705... This shows how dangerous the cult really is: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200803... http://xenu.net/ aka Operation Clambake http://clambake.org http://www.philosoraptor.com/scientology.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology http://www.modemac.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/An_Introduc... http://www.scientology-kills.org/ http://www.scientology-lies.com/whatswrong.html http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Secrets/ http://www.holysmoke.org/pc/pc.htm http://www.watchman.org/sci/ http://www.whyaretheydead.net/room174.html http://holysmoke.org/cos/books/scandal-of-scientol... http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/9363363... http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,9... Cult information - http://www.cultinformation.org.uk/faq.html#cult Official site - http://www.scientology.org
- 1 decade ago
Scientology is a religious applied philosophy.
THIS IS SCIENTOLOGY
“It is possible to know about the mind, the spirit and life”
Scientology states that man is a Spiritual being that controls a body through a mind. To represent this life force, the Greek symbol for though “Theta” was selected to avoid confusion with any prior practice.
A Thetan is that witch can postulate particles into existence and then perceive what has been postulated. So theta is not a thing it is the creator of things. A thetan is defined as having no mass, wavelength, no energy and no location in time or space, except by consideration or postulate.
The mind (we are not talking about the brain that is just the center of the nervous system) is a bank of mental image pictures. This bank is what the spirit uses to make decisions; it is composed of the analytical mind and the reactive mind. The analytical is clear; it doesn’t have any hidden influences and is fully accessible by the Thetan. The reactive mind is a collection of bad mental image picture and they are bad because the Thetan considers them to be bad. The reactive mind is the hidden influence and command value that can’t be confronted by the thetan (because he think he can’t). The reactive mind is the cause for all human aberration, insanity or evil purpose.
Scientology’s approach to solve human aberration: Auditing.
- “Communication is the Universal Solvent.”
- “All problems of the mind are created by the mind.”
- “The mind can solve all the problems of the mind”
When dealing with the reactive mind we are dealing with the problem that individual is trying to confront that which he thinks he can’t confront so he is stuck. To solve this problem Hubbard developed Auditing. A verbal therapy that uses questions to help the individual address what is bothering him. So the person by his own volition can solve his own problems. The big difference between Auditing and Psychoanalysis is that the Psychoanalyst evaluates for the person and tells him what to think. In Auditing you just ask and listen and let the person make his own mind about things. If you give a person a fish you can feed him one time but if you teach him to fish you can feed him for a life time. That’s Scientology’s approach.
There are no suggestions involved in Auditing, all conclusion are done by you by your own intelligence. Auditors are bound the Auditor’s Code to never evaluate for the preclear (preclear is a person receiving Scientology processing). Never get in a relationship with the preclear. All information released during auditing is protected by law and not even the police can gain access to that information. Enforcing this code of conduct is the Scientology Ethics Officer and Scientology law. Any violation to the Auditors code is considered a high crime in Scientology and will result removal of any Auditing Certificates and/or expulsion from the church. I have seen this happen and am a very serious matter.
Any friend or family member can audit you for free. Or you can take the courses and get your Auditing with other students. But if you want to hire a professional auditing team of course it will cost you. An auditing team is composed of the Auditor, Ethics Officer, Quality Assurance (the person that tells the Auditor what to do), Corrections (the people that constantly train the Auditor on how to do the process) and the rest of the administration of a Church of Scientology. These are not one on one services, these are a whole team working to better you. That’s why it gets expensive but it is worth it.
How Scientology evolved?
Scientology evolved from Dianetics when it was discovered that man is a spiritual being. Scientology differs from Dianetics in that Dianetics deals with the mind and the rehabilitation of mental image pictures and Scientology deals with the rehabilitation of the human spirit.
Disclaimer: This is my personal understanding of Scientology from my studies. Don't take my word for it, read Scientology.
- 1 decade ago
ZERO COOL is COMPLETELY correct.
In EVERYTHING she said.
The study of religion is my thing like baseball is to you, Kimmer.
I've been studying them since the 1980's since the first time I ever went to Boston where they have this huge organization.
Basically out of sheer AMAZEMENT.
It took me YEARS to figure out that they were actually serious about this stuff.
I was always a big fan of science fiction.
I've read every Isaac Asimov has ever written.
From his science fiction to his Encyclopedia of the Bible, which is arguably the BEST biblical guide I have have ever read.
I picked up L.Ron Hubbard initially because I thought he would be like Asimov.
Cannot even remotely compare the two!
Asimov was a genius as a scholar and fantasy writer.
L.Ron Hubbard was a genius on MAKING MONEY.
He was a weirdo that knew how to utilize legitimate ideas/programs/organizations....i.e, professional counseling, self help, motivational speakers, tossed in a little Amway, added some of the Masons, and topped it off with the New Age of the New Days...and came up with Scientology.
And dear God, yes, the ALIEN part is true too.
But some people are so desperate for something they can believe in.....but on THEIR terms.....they will fall for anything.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes, that is true, and for those indoctrinated and brainwashed by the cult, such logical connections are easily ignored. The Co$ is very good at making you believe in very suspect theories, both on the pseudoscience of Scientology and Hubbard's own motive.
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- Bazinga!Lv 71 decade ago
There are a whole lot of naive people in this world. You can get people to follow anything.
I'm gonna start my own religion and call it Lizzy-ism. Give me a few years and I'm sure I can get a decent following.
Edit: Yes! Hawaii would be like the Vatican City of the religion. But then you couldn't really call people naive for following it. That's a religion that even I would be down with.
- John HLv 51 decade ago
Yes it was. The book Dianetics started it all. Why do so many follow is like asking why people join cults and mass suicide themselves. Every person has a weakness and those weaknesses are easily exploited by some individuals which leads to make uneducated dicisions. Tom Cruise for example had dislexia which wasn't diagnosed. He has credited with Scientology with getting him over his dislexia.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Ron_Hubbard
- The Mick 7Lv 71 decade ago
Yea, people are really that naive. Just look at what's happening in Texas. Look at the history of mass suicides from all of these cults.
Tom Cruise is into that crap. He made a complete @$$ of himself on several TV shows trying to sell his Voodoo to people. He was never one of my favorite actors however I lost major respect for him after his side show.
Yes, the world is full of walnuts, that's for sure! It always amazes me how all of the worlds religions end up with killing as the ultimate solution.
Give me a good movie, or a ball game, a giant bag of pop corn and my wife by my side and I'm happy. Who the hell needs L. Ron Hubbard?
- 1 decade ago
No scientology was not "made up by a sci-fi writer". Yes, L.Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer.
Scientology was developed over a period of about 20 years of research by L.Ron Hubbard & his numerous co-researchers.
It is based on philosophical & spiritual practices from a variety of human traditions. It is seen by its adherents to be a very workable technology for the enhancement of spiritual well-being, both for oneself & others.
Interestingly enough Hubbard's co-researchers almost all eventually ended their associations with the church of scientology due to the control exerted by the management & the focus on Hubbard as "founder".
General Principles of Scientology:
The religion of scientology is perhaps better called a "spiritual practice" than a religion.
Among the basic principles of scientology are the following:
A. Man is in essence an immortal spirit.
B. Human life represents a composite of a mortal body with the immortal spirit.
C. An individual is responsible for his own thoughts & actions.
D. An individual's thoughts & decisions may have unintended consequences including those of which he may not be aware.
E. Communication resolves problems and allows an individual to alter their thoughts & decisions.
F. Scientology focuses on techniques of communication and improvement of an individual's self-awareness.
Reincarnation is accepted as a possibility by scientology but it is NOT a belief which is taught in scientology. Individuals are free to accept or reject the prospect of reincarnation. Although most scientologists ultimately come to a personal acceptance of some aspect of reincarnation as a result of a better understanding of their own personal history of decision-making.
In short the principles of scientology are very similar in many ways to those of Buddhism.
I am a freezone scientologist. I am not affiliated with the Church of Scientology.
Freezone Scientology practices scientology independent of the church of scientology. Generally, they refer to themselves as "freezone" or "independent" scientologists.Source(s): A funny British TV program on the subject of scientology: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1786568759... A chat group to learn about scientology independent of the church of scientology: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Freezone101 A chat group for freezone scientologists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreezoneOrg
- 1 decade ago
Yes. And most sources that the "church" can't get to and intimidate into shutting up, agree that it was started on a bet at a Science Fiction Writers of America convention.
- truthsharedLv 41 decade ago
Yes and Yes. Scientology preys on the weak minded.
Here is good videos of last night broadcast of Nightline