Scientology: A Monotheistic Religion

CommunicatorIC

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Mark 'Marty' Rabhbun: Scientology: A Monotheistic Religion
https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/scientology-a-monotheistic-religion/
Apparently, only one of the four traditional biblical Gospels relates inarguably that Jesus Christ was God temporarily visiting earth. The book of Luke could and has been interpreted to say that Jesus was an extraordinary man who ascended – or was ascended – from humble beginnings to develop the message that humankind has found so inspiring for 2000 years. Only the Gospel popularly known as that related by John was definitive about Jesus’ other-worldly provenance. As noted by religious scholar and bestselling author Elaine Pagels in her book Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas:

“Unlike Luke, who depicts Jesus as a man raised to divine status, John, as does the hymn Paul quotes, pictures him instead as a divine being who descended to earth – temporarily – to take on human form.”

Of course it is understood that all of the Gospels were written up to a century after Jesus strode the earth, all reporting their own interpretations of words Jesus purportedly spoke and deeds he had carried out long before. In the past one-hundred and twenty years, more significant purported Gospels have been discovered – including those of Thomas and Mary Magdalene. Those discoveries have added to the rich diversity of opinions, interpretations, and faiths of Christianity. That includes the idea that Jesus communicated that every human potentially had within themselves the same abilities and divinity as Jesus.

In scientology no such plurality of interpretation is open to the worshipper. That is because scientology’s messiah made it clear himself on more than one occasion that he did not ascend from humble beginnings, or any earthly beginnings at all, to develop a message with which to lift humanity. Instead, scientology’s author L. Ron Hubbard explicitly stated that he descended to earth in human form in order to deliver its people from evil. He was so dead serious about being taken literally – and not interpreted – that he instituted penalties for any interpretation of his words whatsoever that were tantamount to permanent spiritual death. And if that did not shut up the purveyors of interpretations, such heretics were to be mercilessly harassed to the point of personal and familial ruin. He created a corporate structure which directed hundreds of millions of dollars toward etching his words on stainless steel plates, sealing them in titanium capsules and placing them in vaults in deep veins of granite so that those words could never be altered.

One example of those sacred words comes from Ron’s Journal 1968:

“And please for my sake, don’t forget one thing, I am your friend. I am not from this planet. I am trying to do my best to do a job to bring tolerance and humanity to this planet in a very materialistic and often cruel age.”

That was the same year that Hubbard delivered scientology’s most sacred, secret and advanced liturgy – the Class VIII Course. On the course ‘deans of scientology’ were created by learning from Hubbard that humankind could not be brought to ‘respond to reason.’ That is why he commanded the scientology deans that “You are the people the planet obeys. You are the people who own the planet.” Whether any dean of scientology – or the group collectively – ever lived up to those dictates, two things remain scripturally clear (and will remain so apparently forever) from Hubbard’s apex year of discovery. Those are, a) there is only one God in scientology, and b) the adherent will believe it because that God has commanded that it will never be appreciated by appeal to reason.
 

Intentionally Blank

Scientology Widow
He created a corporate structure which directed hundreds of millions of dollars toward etching his words on stainless steel plates, sealing them in titanium capsules and placing them in vaults in deep veins of granite so that those words could never be altered.

Soooo .... we needed GATII...... why?? :duh::duh:
 

CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
That guy Marty needs a disciplined approach.

Scientology is not a theistic religion at all.

It is based on solipsism.

The Anabaptist Jacques
I understand what you are saying, I am not saying you are wrong, but I think Marty makes a good argument when he states:
That is because scientology’s messiah made it clear himself on more than one occasion that he did not ascend from humble beginnings, or any earthly beginnings at all, to develop a message with which to lift humanity. Instead, scientology’s author L. Ron Hubbard explicitly stated that he descended to earth in human form in order to deliver its people from evil.
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One example of those sacred words comes from Ron’s Journal 1968:

“And please for my sake, don’t forget one thing, I am your friend. I am not from this planet. I am trying to do my best to do a job to bring tolerance and humanity to this planet in a very materialistic and often cruel age.”
 

Veda

Sponsor
It's aways something.

No sooner does Marty finally recognize - or admit - that Hubbard's Incident 2 of OT 3 (Xenu, etc.) is meant to be a literal incident on a time track and not an allegory, does he manage to impale himself on Hubbard's pointy religion angle.

Sigh.
 

Freeminds

Bitter defrocked apostate
Sounds like some folks are finally realising that Scientology is a space alien cult.

Not that there's anything wrong with joining a wacky UFO cult, if that's your poison... but you'd think that all the 'knowingness' that victims of Hubbardism claim would have led them to that cognition a little bit faster!

Have you ever read Heinlein's 'Stranger in a Strange Land'? The way the Martian cult is set up must have been a blueprint for Hubbard. If only the mental abilities had manifested themselves as well, eh? Then poor old LRH might actually have had something to sell.
 

R2-45

Silver Meritorious Patron
“And please for my sake, don’t forget one thing, I am your friend. I am not from this planet. I am trying to do my best to do a job to bring tolerance and humanity to this planet in a very materialistic and often cruel age.”

$cientology is not a monotheistic religion.

Itsa Ronatheistic Non-Religion.


Just saying.
 

Francois Tremblay

Patron with Honors
It is perhaps peculiar in that, unlike any other religion, Scientology does not want to acknowledge that Ron is their messiah/god. They want to keep pretending to be a science. A science which claims absolute certainty and wants to tell you how you'll spend your eternity. A mighty strange science, this, which really looks like a two-bit religion.

If you want a real UFO space religion, put your trust and money in "Bob," not some midget carnival barker selling you flash from the top of his styrofoam throne. :biggrin:
 

R2-45

Silver Meritorious Patron
It is perhaps peculiar in that, unlike any other religion, Scientology does not want to acknowledge that Ron is their messiah/god. They want to keep pretending to be a science. A science which claims absolute certainty and wants to tell you how you'll spend your eternity. A mighty strange science, this, which really looks like a two-bit religion.

If you want a real UFO space religion, put your trust and money in "Bob," not some midget carnival barker selling you flash from the top of his styrofoam throne. :biggrin:

Aye.

Pull the wool over your own eyes.
 

Demented LRH

Patron Meritorious
I’m not sure if Marty actually believes that Hubbard is some kind of deity or makes fun of the most sacred parts of the Scientology doctrine. On the other hand, Hubbard did announce that he is the incarnation of Buddha. In some Buddhist denomination the entity known as Adibuddha (grand-Buddha) is the Creator of the universe and other Buddhas. Thus Hubbard might have hinted that he is God, which makes Scientology a monotheistic religion. Sorry DM, you cannot reach the status of a deity!
 
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