Scientology makes the news a lot because it has been embraced by many celebrities, especially Hollywood stars. So what is it all about? Is it a Christian religion? What do Scientologists believe?
You cannot embrace both Christianity and Scientology. Scientology is not Christian. The beliefs contradict the Bible. They deny the deity of Christ and the life-giving answers the Bible gives. Teachings include faith in reincarnation and karma, a concept opposed to Christianity. In short, Scientology denies truth and replaces it with lies. History reveals the dangers.
Scientology is a set of beliefs originated by fiction author L. Ron Hubbard in 1953. The system is a product of Dianetics, a self-help program heavily advertised for many years as the central writings of Scientology. Scientology is in every sense of the word a cult. Human wisdom is elevated above the Word of God. Human leadership is exalted to a status above God. Teachings contradict the Bible in countless ways. Belief in this system will expose a believer to dangerous mind-altering experiences.
Scientology is one of the most controversial religions to arrive in recent years—and rightfully so. Dianetics uses a counseling technique called auditing to enable conscious recall of traumatic events in an individual’s past. The system is a form of psychotherapy but is not recognized by the medical community as a valid medical practice.
Some of the Differences
Here are just a few of the differences between Christianity and Scientology.
About God: In Scientology, “The Supreme Being is purposely left undefined and does not become particularly relevant in Scientology theory or practice. God is variously referred to as ‘Nature’ ‘Infinity,’ ‘the Eighth Dynamic,’ ‘all Theta (life)’ and so forth. Usually the individual Scientologist is free to interpret God in whatever way he or she wishes” (OnceDelivered.net).
The Bible says there is one God existing as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Scriptures throughout the Bible confirm this. Here are just a few.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. (1 Peter 1:2)
About Jesus: Scientology denies the deity of Christ. According to its teaching, “Jesus was a man who was not particularly enlightened. The Church invented him as the savior of the world. Some Scientologists classify him as an ‘Operating Thetan,’ which means a person aware of his true nature and abilities” (OnceDelivered.net).
The Bible makes it clear that Jesus Christ is God. This truth is expressed throughout Old Testament prophecy, through the virgin birth and the ministry of Jesus on earth, by His resurrection from death, and by countless other teachings. Here are just a few examples.
While we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God
and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. (Titus 2:13)
Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:61–62)
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. (John 20:27–28)
For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)
Man. Scientology teaches the inherent goodness of man, that “in his true nature, man is an eternal spirit being with divine powers (thetan).” (OnceDelivered.net)
The Bible teaches throughout that all have sinned and must repent to be made right with God.
All people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say,
“No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” (Romans 3:9–12)
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Salvation. Scientology teaches that “salvation is the enlightenment of the thetan as to his true nature and abilities” (OnceDelivered.net).
The Bible teaches that salvation comes only to those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Although all have sinned, God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. Those who receive that gift by trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will spend eternity in heaven.
“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” (Words of Jesus in John 3:36)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we
could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to
understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:3–6)
Are you involved in Scientology? We urge you to learn more about this cult for yourself. Learn what you haven’t been told. Learn why it is imperative for you to escape the danger.
Are you considering getting involved? Before you take another step, you owe it to yourself to get informed.
Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman
Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright