We’ve been looking at the movement called The Way To Happiness in these past few weeks. We’ll conclude today with a quick look at the parent organization.
The Way To Happiness is an arm of the ”Church” of Scientology, a cult created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology is definitely a creation of Hollywood. In fact many stars claim allegiance to the group, including such actors as Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, and John Travolta, It is claimed that all the top-level scientologists have paid enormous sums of money to get to their exalted positions.
Some Scientologists refute the claim that the two are connected, but the relationship is pretty clear. For instance, at the website Scientologyreligion.org we can read this.
Scientology: The Way to Happiness
Just as all past cultures relied on a strong moral basis for their assured survival and happiness, so too does our own culture today desperately call out for such a basic code, one by which we may live with decency and honour.
- Ron Hubbard was keenly aware of this in 1980 when he observed that our world lacked any modern moral guide and that, as a result, man was far more prone to a joyless existence. Best known as the founder of the Scientology religion, Mr. Hubbard brought a number of solutions to the world from a purely humanitarian perspective. And in this instance — quite apart from his religious works — he saw the need for a code of conduct not tied to any particular religion, whether in content or use.
Thus he wrote The Way to Happiness, a common-sense guide to happier living. It carries no other appeal than the good sense it makes to the individual who reads it.
So what does Scientology believe and profess? There are many tenets of this religion. Here are just a smattering. According to BeliefNet.com,
The basic belief of Scientology is that experience, in this or in previous lives, is recorded in the brain as a series of “engrams.” These engrams are revived and reinforced by recurring similar situations and always cause inappropriate and self-defeating behavior. One’s goal of Scientology is to “process” or clear these engrams and become more self-determining. By erasing these accretions from one’s present and past lives, one releases the essential, spiritual self or soul called the “thetan.” Read more.
So man, According to Scientology, is good. He has the power within himself to release himself from all the evils of the world and his own personality. Man is a personal god.
Then there is this little tidbit:
Xenu – according to Hubbard, the dictator of a Galactic Confederacy who brought billions of people to Earth and massacred them with hydrogen bombs 75 trillion years ago. The slaughter, known as “Incident II,” sets up a major conflict in Scientology, as the thetans of the victims devolved into “body thetans” that torment modern humans. Releasing their grip is part of the goal of Scientology. The story of Xenu, which the church tried to keep secret until it leaked via an Internet newsgroup in 1994, is revealed in Operating Thetan level three, or OT III.
Oh, there is much more, but the essence of Scientology is clear: we have the power to heal ourselves. We do not need a god, for all power lies within our own beings. We can save ourselves (whatever that means to you, the individual) through our adherence to the rules of moral conduct – as set forth by L. Ron Hubbard.
But, this conflicts widely with Biblical belief. God’s Word teaches that God is God and man is man. God is the Creator and man is the creature. God is love.
Just a few Scripture verses to illustrate the great gulf between Scientology and Biblical Truth:
First, God sets the rules, not man, and God’s rules are perfect and just. (For an interesting article on Morality apart from the Law, click here.
– The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
Matthew 5:17-18 – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Second, no man can completely keep the law.
Galatians 3:19-21 – Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one. Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Romans 3:23 – …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:20 – For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Third, God is to be worshipped, not man.
John 4:24 – God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
Romans 1:18-23 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
This is but a brief look into some relevant scriptures. I encourage you to do further research