Can any one explain how Scientology is not a cult?

i dont normally give people crap for what they believe as long as they treat people decently. that being said does any one have any real reason why Scientology is not just another cult?

also the fact that you have tom cruise is not something to support your reasoning with

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  • giles
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
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    Hm, let's see... you pay money to reach higher "levels" so you can read crappy science fiction stories and believe that problems are caused by the ghosts of aliens blown up in volcanoes by a space king, and you are then cut off from friends and family outside the group, and you are shunned as an outcast if you leave (after suffering various abuses), effectively destroying your social network...

    Sounds like a cult to me.

  • 7 years ago

    All religions were cults by actual definition when they first got started.

    Happy to know that you don't normally give people crap for their beliefs, however

    Scientology is an applied religious philosophy, it is not a faith based religion, there are no beliefs involved ,expected or required .

    You study it and apply it , and it either works for you or it doesn't.

    Here’s a factual description of the Scientology religion for you, since you appear to be misinformed.

    Definition:

    The term Scientology is taken from the Latin word "SCIO" : which means, in the fullest sense of the word, "knowing", and the Greek word "LOGOS" which simply means "study of". Actual meaning : “ the science of knowing how to know”.

    The subject of Scientology is further defined as :

    "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life. "

    Scientology is a new religion. Less than 60 years old.It is an applied religious philosophy. By “applied” is meant that it is for use in life and living to improve the conditions of existence.

    Scientology is not belief or faith based. In Scientology a truth is only true if it’s true for you, according to your own observation and experience .

    It does acknowledge the principle of God or the Infinite but does not try to define or describe this principle, leaving it up to the individual’s own awareness of it.In Scientology it is called The 8th Dynamic.

    It is also not a messianic religion. This means there is no worship of prophets or messiahs or gods.

    The most basic principle of Scientology is that YOU are your own immortal soul, that this is not a thing you have but what YOU actually are.

    Scientology believes or considers that Man is basically good. This is different from many religions that promote that he his natively evil or bad unless “made” good.

    Scientology’s closest spiritual ties with any other religion are with Orthodox (Hinayana ) Buddhism with which it shares an historical lineage. But the relationship is based mainly on friendship and the recognition of the being as a spirit rather than any organizational ties.

    L.Ron Hubbard explained fully the theology and spiritual technologies of Scientology in more than 500,000 pages of writings, including dozens of books and over 4,000 tape recorded lectures.

    You can also go to www.scientology.org for a more detailed description of this religion.

    For an exact statement of what a Scientologist believes read “The Creed of the Church of Scientology” on this website.

    Source(s): I'm a Scientologist
  • 7 years ago

    All religions are cults by definition, but not in the pejorative way I think you meant. Scientology is not belief or faith based. There is no messiah or leader worshipped.

    In Scientology, we are asked to study the data, and accept it only if it is true for one. What is true is only true if it works on being applied to life, either by personal experience or observing it in others.

  • 7 years ago

    Scientology is just another cult yes. A cult of greed. All their activities point to this conclusion when you study the group.Pyramid style scam that sells franchises even.

    You can't buy a stairway to heaven unfortunately. Cults promote only themselves to their members, so they have no diversity to their spiritual growth. They just become robots.

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  • Fabio
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    Media try to manipulate your opinion by giving you wrong, irrilevant, onesided data. They are more concerned with Tom Cruise, new tattoos, alleged broken relationships, secrets love affairs, and other crap. They have blank spaces to fill in, and what they say mostly consists of lies.

    Scientology is recognized as a charitable, pro-society ("bona fide") organization, not only in the United States of America but also in many other countries around the globe.

    Here is a booklet that you might find interesting: http://bit.ly/1eXYLbj

    The latest events are not in the booklet. (Like the UK Supreme Court decision making official for people to marry in UK based Scientology Churches).

    Following a two-year examination of unprecedented scope and depth, encompassing all the Church's worldwide operations, and review of every single allegation made by Church apostates and other critics, the US Tax Authority IRS issued ruling letters on October 1, 1993 recognizing the tax-exempt religious and charitable status of the Church of Scientology International, the Mother Church of the Scientology religion, and 150 affiliated churches, missions and social betterment organizations - all Scientology-related entities in the U.S. and many non-U.S. entities as well. In this exacting review, conducted under the supervision of the most senior officials over exempt organizations in the government, the IRS concluded that the Church is operated exclusively for religious and charitable purposes.

    The IRS reached its considered and unqualified opinion that the Churches are tax exempt only after conducting the most extensive and detailed exemption examination in its history.

    Indeed, the examination was so extensive that the administrative record of these proceedings comprises approximately twelve linear feet. The extensive examination by the IRS included numerous queries into the corporate and financial structure of the Church of Scientology ecclesiastical hierarchy, the religious services ministered to parishioners, the organization, administration and governance of individual Churches, the receipt and disbursement of donations, compensation to ecclesiastical executives and others, and many other matters.

    But ultimately, what makes Scientology a religion, is not even how many supreme courts say so. Scientology is a religion because it fits the definition of the word religion. The dream of making the world a better place has been embraced by every religious movement in history. Indeed, throughout the ages religion has served as the primary civilizing influence on the planet.

    The knowledge that man is a spirit is as old as man himself. Only recently, with the advent of Western psychology, have notions cropped up that man is nothing more than an animal, a stimulus-response mechanism. These pronouncements are at odds with every religious tradition, which speak of the “soul,” the “spirit” or the “life force” – to encompass a belief held by all civilized men.

    The Scientology religion follows just this tradition of man’s search for his spiritual identity. In Scientology, the individual himself is considered to be the spiritual being – a thetan (pronounced “thay´-tn”). The term is taken from the Greek symbol or letter theta which has long served as a symbol for thought or spirit. Thus, although it is a new religious movement, Scientology is heir to the understanding of thinking men since the beginning of human history that man is a spiritual being who aspires to understand and improve life. The search has been long, but answers now exist in Scientology for anyone who wishes to reach for them.

    You can study about Scientology from more reliable sources. The best way is to look by yourself. You can find the Scientology basic books on every major library worldwide, to study the principles of the religion from the hand of the founder himself. This might be a good way to know that what you're reading is indeed Scientology, and not some sort of twisted and modified copy of it.

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