The Scientology Comparative Theology Page

Scientology publicly claims to be an "applied religious philosophy", as well as being compatible with other religious belief systems. However, in the secret upper levels of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard says many uncomplimentary things about religion in general and Christianity in particular. Because the "Church" of Scientology is less than forthcoming in revealing its entire belief structure, this web site was created to promote the scholarly study of the public and private beliefs of Scientology and Dianetics. These beliefs are then contrasted with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Created: 7 April 1997
Last Update: 28 Nov 1998

Index

Introduction

Scientology and its forerunner, Dianetics, were developed by L. Ron Hubbard. Dianetics started as a "science of mind", a self-help therapy that developed concurrently with the heady days scientific advancement after World War II. Dianetics became a New Age "religion" when Hubbard's subjects began recalling incidents from previous lifetimes. Hubbard claimed that this proved Man's spiritual nature, which he dubbed "Scientology". While Scientology publicly claims to simply be a brand-new diety-free philosophy (and therefore compatible with any religion), its roots can be traced to old-fashioned pagan spiritualism, gnosticism, and magick.

Hubbard was a science fiction author prior to writing Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, and so understood the value of copyright law. Today, the "Church" of Scientology uses copyright law to hide their scriptures from scrutiny. Due to their litigous nature, the copyrighted (and sometime trade secret) writings of L. Ron Hubbard must be quoted within the bounds of Fair Use . This secretiveness makes research much more difficult, so some errors may occur. Every effort has been made to verify the Scientology source references, either from Scientology source documents and/or by first-hand validation by ex-Scientologists who have seen the documents.

The source material used in this document includes:

One note on the use of the phrase "Church" of Scientology: at present, the Church of Scientology International (CSI), the umbrella organization for the many sub-corporations of Scientology, calls itself a Church. The US Government, in the form of the Internal Revenue Service, has granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status to it. However, the Boy Scouts are also a 501(c)(3) organization, so this in itself does not "prove" that Scientology is a religion. As will be seen, Scientology is not recognized as a religion in many parts of the world. I have chosen to put "Church" in quotes out of respect for both sides of this contentious issue, recognizing CSI's right to call themselves whatever they please, and governments' right to call Scientology whatever they please.

Since Scientology doctrine continues to dribble out of a.r.s. like a leaky faucet, this page is always under construction. Please feel free to contribute, report errors, or discuss issues with me at perry@ezlink.com.

Dianetics Doctrine

This article from The Christian Research Journal, Summer 1993 is a good place to start because it avoids much of the jargon that is inherent in any direct reading of Dianetics or Scientology doctrine. It describes the philosophy and theological presuppositions of Scientology and then provides a comparison between Scientology and Christianity. It is a well-done scholarly work, complete with a rich set of references.

Dianetics grew out of the self-help movement of the 1950s and 1960s, as chronicled in Bare-Faced Messiah. Dianetics was positioned as a "Science of the Mind" or an alternative to psychiatry. Making up in enthusiasm what he lacked in credentials, Hubbard performed "research" (which has never been made public) with a crude lie-detector which he called the "E-meter". Hubbard then developed "technology" (auditing procedures with the E-meter) which produced the State of Clear, a super-human with vast mental powers. There was no faith and no religion involved; Dianetics was represented as being Pure Science.

Attempts by independent researchers failed to duplicate Hubbard's claims and in many cases disproved them. In one experiment [1], independent researchers followed Hubbard's instructions for producing an "engram" as found in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. The subject was rendered unconcious with sodium pentothal, and pain was administered by squeezing the skin between the subject's fingers. Simultaneously, a passage from a college Physics text was read. Hubbard's auditors were unable to recover the resulting "engram" which, according to Hubbard, should have been created.

Snubbed by professional medical societies as a quack, Hubbard undauntedly continued his "research" into engrams and the reactive mind. Through shabby scientific method , Hubbard "discovered" various mental implants, placed there by psychiatrists on faraway planets trillions of years ago, which caused humans to behave irrationally. Hubbard manufactured a conspiracy against himself and Dianetics by the successors of these ancient psychiatrists who in Hubbardian cosmology are the source of human suffering on Earth. Even today, the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights criticizes psychiatric procedures, ostensibly to bolster the theories of Dianetics and Scientology. One of CCHR's more recent exploits was to cast doubt on Eli Lilly's psychoactive drug Prozac, denying effective treatment to thousands of troubled patients. Much to Scientology's chagrin, the international medical community has seen fit to ignore CCHR as well.

Thus, Dianetics grew purely from an ill-advised psuedo-scientific endeavor. It never addressed the supernatural, and treated the spirit (thetan) in a secular fashion similar to Freud's id.

[1] "An Experimental Investigation of Hubbard's Engram Hypothesis (Dianetics)", [alternate] [alternate] by Fox, Davis, and Lebovits. Psychological Newsletter (Dept. of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY) 1959, 10:131-134

Metamorphosis to Religion

"L. Ron Hubbard is widely rumored to have said The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion. ... the short answer is that it's almost certainly true.", Don Lindsay, Start a Religion FAQ [Frequently Asked Questions].

Dianetic auditing requires that the "basic" engram, upon which later similar engrams are tied, must be found to clear the entire chain. In need of an answer to explain why Dianetics didn't work, Hubbard claimed that the "basic" may lie outside of this lifetime, i.e. in a "Past Life". Hubbard's unsupported medical claims for Dianetics' capabilities were coming under increasing scrutiny from the FDA. Hubbard finally "found religion" in Past Lives.

In a 1953 letter , Hubbard is seen to be increasingly desperate to find people that would pay for his dubious therapy. He proposes adding a "religion angle" to Scientology to avoid the legal pitfalls of claiming to be a science. Unfortunately, Hubbard tried to have it both ways. He simultaneously called Scientology a secular mental therapy to attract scientific-minded people, then he called Scientology a religion to foil FDA scrutiny. William Barwell, a.r.s. poster, has compiled a list of Hubbard quotes, circa 1952-1962 in which Hubbard denies that Scientology is a religion.

The conversion of Scientology from a secular self-help group to a full-blown religion literally happened overnight. It all came together in response to various problems Hubbard was having with his "technology". There were numerous IRS tax audits over Scientology's interesting accounting system. Scientology adherents were reluctant to part with large amounts of after-tax income. Hubbard's ill-conceived medical claims for Scientology, a "scientific technology", was drawing ever-increasing FDA scrutiny. Scientology was suffering from a poor image as a cult. Religion has a positive public relations value and is protected by the US Constitutions First Amendment. Thus it is much more egregious to persecute a religion than it is to speak out against a quack therapy - the former may be a Hate Crime, while the latter is good citizenship. In response to all of these motivations, Hubbard issued HCOPL Oct 29 1962 in furtherance of obtaining tax exemption in England and the US:

Thus, Scientology became a religion because Hubbard said it was. True to form, Hubbard's proof was by repeated vehement assertion. He ordered the establishment of various religious trappings such as calling his staff ministers , using clerical collars, calling auditing spiritual counselling, and the steep prices were called fixed donations . Hubbard even wrote a few "religious services", such as Marriage and Confession.

Religious Scholars' Opinions

[Note: This section is rather unbalanced, as only negative opinions are currently presented. In fact, Scientology is quick to point out a number of positive opinions on their website. However, these positive views tend to assume an overly-broad definition of "religion"; a definition that could include the sport of soccer as a religious activity! As time permits, I will be working on including some positive viewpoints for completeness. -perry]

As early as 1969, religious scholars were questioning whether Scientology was a religion or an alternative psychotherapy. Joseph Martin Hopkins, associate professor, Department of Bible and Philosophy, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, questions whether Scientology is a Religion or a Racket in this 2-part article in Christianity Today.

This essay by Stephen Kent from Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1996, explores the superficial acquaintance of Scientology with Eastern religions, and points to social and political pressures behind Hubbard's portrayal of Scientology's Eastern roots.

"Although some social scientists insist that Scientology is a religion, the more appropriate position to take is that the organization is a multi-faceted transnational that has religion as only one of its many components. Scientology - Is This a Religion?, Kent, 1997.

  • The Skeptic's Refuge reviews The Rediscovery of the Human Soul

    Opinions of Former Scientology Staff Members

    Many European Governments Deny Scientology's Religious Status

    Webster's definition of religion refers to a relationship between God and humanity. Because Scientology, as a self-improvement therapy, lacks any mention of God, then from a definitional view , Scientology is not a religion. For this reason, many governments do not recognize Scientology's religious status.

    Scientology Doctrine

    Advanced Technology

    In 1995, the mysterious and secret Advanced Technology began appearing on a.r.s. The Advanced Technology includes the Operating Thetan (a.k.a. "OT") and New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans (a.k.a. "NOTs"). Michael Robinson provides an excellent summary of the OT levels .

    OT I and II increases the thetan's awareness by sharpening their powers of observation (OT I: "spot a person") and unburdening them of implants (OTII: Goals Problems Mass). This e-mail exchange with Dennis Erlich discusses some of the theory behind GPMs and OT levels. [Note: Dennis, an OT VII, held the post of Chief Cram Officer, Flag Land Base. A "Cram Officer" oversees remedial training of OT-level auditors. Flag Land Base is Scientology's premier training facility. This post could be characterized as the highest technical position attainable in Scientology.]

    When the Advanced Technology was published on the Web, Scientology sued for copyright violations. This undemocratic suppression of information caused a "protest" in the Netherlands which even included one member of parliament. Karin Spaink's copy of the Fishman Affidavit is the first to survive a legal challenge by Scientology.

    OT III contains the "creation story" of Scientology. There are two major events in Scientology, aptly named Incident I and Incident II. Incident I deals with the creation of this universe by bored thetans who suddenly agree upon one of many realities:

    Note that there is no God or other divine intervention. Thetans (spirits that inhabit you and me) simply agreed upon reality and it came into being. The shock of creation caused spiritual trauma to some thetans, even rendering them unconcious to the present day. To make it painfully obvious, Hubbard is saying that all of us are God - we've just forgotten how to be omnipotent.

    Incident II details Earth's further degradation and entanglement with implants. It details how an evil galactic space tyrant named Xenu solved an overpopulation problem 75 million years ago by:

    Since there were no higher level beings on Earth 75 million years ago, these disembodied spirits began inhabiting lower life forms, climbing the evolutionary chain to the bodies of primitive apes, passed from generation to generation to present-day man. Over time, these spirits degraded. They forgot their former abilities, went to sleep, took drugs (don't ask how), or grouped themselves together into clusters that thought they were one spirit, based on their common memories. Because there were more spirits than bodies, some of them became content to control a single body part, such as an elbow or knee. Hubbard, in the NOTs, intimates that psychosomatic illness is caused by these spirits attacking the only body part over which they have control, causing localized pain.

    The OT levels are primarily aimed at reattaining our pre-Incident-I God-like state. Much of the emphasis is on ridding ourselves of these thetans (or Body Thetans, or simply abbreviated "BTs"). These spiritual parasites infest our bodies, cause us pain, confuse us with counter-intent, and generally prevent us from being God. The OT levels are about the exorcism of BTs and clusters.

    The method of exorcism is to contact the BT, ask its name, relate Incident I, and then Incident II. At some point during the process, the BT is supposed to realize "I'm me!", that is, that he is independent of the thetan controlling the body of the Scientologist, departing to presumably pick up another body at the local maternity ward. This process continues until there are no more BTs to contact. In higher OT levels, the Scientologist finds out that some of the BTs are unconcious, on drugs, or asleep. There are procedures for exorcising these BTs as well, involving increasing the awareness of the Scientologist in his search for BTs.

    According to HCOB 23.9.78 I, "The EP [End Phenomena, completion] of the Rundown is when: the Pre-OT has a transparent body and a clear area around it to some distance (barring perception of other people's difficulties) and when he realizes he is alive and very much himself."

    Ariane Jackson, OT8 completion, posted this summary of OT8 to a.r.s. Ariane, whose native tongue is French, answered some followup questions posed by Roger Gonnet, who has graciously translated to English. Other ex-OT8s (those who leave the "Church" are stripped of their "spiritual" credentials) have confirmed Ariane's account. Also note that Ariane mentions that the OT5 in Fishman is no longer valid. This indicates that the "Church" of Scientology occasionally reworks the upper levels, making research more difficult. One must be careful to state the timeframe of the material being discussed.

    The Advanced Technology also includes the "L"s (lists) - L10, L11, and L12. These are lists of questions upon which a person is audited. The L10 Rundown is reported to have an "8th [God] Dynamic Sec[urity] Check" for those who profess a religion rather than Scientology.

    The "Church" of Scientology is absolutely rabid about protecting the secrecy of the NOTs, through scorched-earth litigation based on copyright and trade secret law. People, both general public and lower-level Scientologists, are prevented from seeing this material because the "Church" demands hundreds of thousands of dollars to reveal this "spiritual technology". Latest estimates are $365,000 (not a typo!) to advance through OT VIII, the highest level. At these rates, only the idle rich can afford spiritual salvation, Scientology-style.

    Scientology Practice

    Hubbard, a penny-a-word writer, created millions upon millions of words directing the affairs of Scientology and Scientologists. Hubbard's communications come in the form of Hubbard Communications Office Bulletins (HCOBs), Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letters (HCO PLs), articles for Scientology magazines, "research" journals, speeches, and internal letters to "Church" directors. There is so much material that Hubbard had to write a doctrine on "Senior Source", directing which material could supercede others in case of conflict.

    Hubbard's missives direct the life of Scientologists much like the Bible directs the life of Christians. Hubbard's writings speak volumes for the ethical values of both Hubbard, and by extension Scientology. These ethical values are reflected in the many lawsuits and criminal investigations into Scientology.

    Scientology claims that auditing is similar to Catholic confession. While both practices involve telling ones deepest secrets to someone else, what Scientology does with the information is particularly egregious. Ex-Scientologists (Dennis Erlich in particular) have had their "confessional material" (preclear folders) culled for damaging information to be used for blackmail purposes in case of defection. Mary Sue Hubbard (Worldwide Guardian) is believed to have started this practice in the 1970s. In Erlich's case, a Scientology poster (perhaps an OSA agent) admitted to this practice. In stark contrast, the Roman Catholic Church's Code of Canon Law, canons 983, 984, and 1388, absolutely prohibits any sort of betrayal of information revealed in the confessional, or any use of that information to the detriment of the the person confessing. Direct violation of the confessional seal has a penalty of automatic and immediate excommunication, which cannot be lifted by anything short of a papal pardon.

    Since Scientology is a business-cum-religion, one of the biggest areas of criticism is their emphasis on obtaining money. A letter from a Scientology "Reverend" , as reported in The Scandal of Scientology by Paulette Cooper, touches on another area of criticism - Scientology's penchant for harrassing, legally or otherwise, anyone whom they perceive as an "enemy". These two fundamental doctrines have served to alienate Scientology from both individuals and governments over the years.

    The unethical and criminal behavior of the "Church" of Scientology, driven by Hubbard's policies, bulletins, and lectures, continues to be uncovered on a.r.s. and documented on countless web sites. Marina Chong's A.R.S. Web Page Summary classifies and indexes the thousands of pages in the critical web. The most recent example of criminal behavior can be seen on The Lisa McPherson Memorial Page, which details the tragic death of a young woman at Flag as a result of Hubbard's "100% Standard Tech".

    Scientology and Religion in General

    Hubbard believed that religion was based on the implants from R6 (see Advanced Technology ). According to Hubbard, people throughout history have found pieces of R6 and used them to control or enslave other people. Thus, as a matter of Scientology doctrine, all religions are based on abberations caused by the reactive mind. The purpose of Scientology is to free us from the reactive mind and thus by extension, all religions. In this way, Scientology is diametrically opposed to religion [1]. While incompatibility with other religions is common among belief systems, the crucial difference is that Scientology lies [2][7] to its new recruits, saying they are compatible with all religions.

    Throughout his life, Hubbard was critical of organized religion in general and Christianity in particular. Hubbard appears to have gone out of his way in the upper-level lectures [3] to gratuitously denigrate God, Christianity, and the Roman Catholic Church. At the highest levels of Scientology, the adherent is expected to renounce their previous faith [4][5][8]. One former OT-8 has sworn an affidavit [6] regarding how Scientology attempted to forcibly deprogram his belief in Christianity.

    Scientology is quick to claim religious persecution whenever someone criticises their scripture or religion. (As Hubbard surmised, exposing fraudulent business practices is good citizenship, while "persecuting" a people for their religion is a hate crime.) Scientology makes exaggerated accusations of others to divert attention away from their own shortcomings. In fact, Hubbard's own words taken in total show that Scientology's Founder and by extension Scientology itself has no respect for any belief system except its own.

    References

    1. Scientology 510(c)(3) Statement , United States Internal Revenue Service. " ... as a practical matter Scientologists are expected to and do become fully devoted to Scientology to the exclusion of other faiths."
    2. See About the Author. While a statement that Scientology lies is extraordinary in a scholarly work, personal experience and confirmation from several other sources are available.
    3. Hubbard's Views on Religion, Joe Harrington, 1997. An ex-Scientologist's scholarly essay with references from Hubbard's earlier writings and taped lectures, including the Philadelphia Doctorate Course. Contains references to general religion, Islam, and Christianity.
    4. 'What was (religion) [e.g. Christianity] a solution to?', Remedy BG, how Scientology audits out (deprograms) religious belief.
    5. 8th [God] Dynamic Sec[urity] Check, from the L10 Rundown, 1962.
    6. Pattinson Affidavit, 20 Sep 1997. point 4.
    7. Scientology vs Other Faiths, Roland Rashliegh-Berry. A study of "What is Scientology?", the Scientology "Catechism". With Real Audio.
    8. Escape from the Nightmare, "California Dreaming", Andres T. Tapia. Details Kieth and Shawn Scott's entry and exit from Scientology.

    Hubbard Maligns Religion

    Note: to comply with the provisions of Fair Use, some of this commentary errs on the side of tedium. Besides being opposed to religious freedom, Scientology is apparently opposed to scholarly freedom as well.

    Hubbard on the Basis of Religion

    These sequential passages are from History of Man by L. Ron Hubbard, as reported in Advance #138. Note that a "thorough checkout" on HOM is required to attain OT VIII, the highest level in Scientology.

    Hubbard on Faith

    Hubbard on Religion's Effectiveness

    Hubbard on Religious Zeal

    Hubbard on Poverty

    Hubbard Maligns Buddhism

    Hubbard on Buddha

    Hubbard on Buddha's Spiritual Authority

    Scientology and Islam

    Scientology publicly claims that people can practice Scientology and religion of choice at the same time. This is only an "acceptable truth" [1] for public relations purposes and getting people to join Scientology. The introductory book "What is Scientology?" states: Scientology further states: Scientology claims that it is compatible with other religions: In truth, the advanced levels of Scientology teach that all religions are the result of mental implants[5]. Prior to founding the Dianetics movement, L. Ron Hubbard studied Occult Magick[6] in an attempt to achieve power. Hubbard came to believe that thetans (everyone) could become God by ridding themselves of the mental implants that prevented them from achieving that goal.

    Prior to founding Scientology, Hubbard gave a lecture entitled "What's Wrong with This Universe: A Working Package for the Auditor" on December 9, 1952. In it, Hubbard describes some of the "between lives" implants that supposedly occur to us after we die and before we reincarnate. One of these implants, called "The Emanator", is supposedly the origin of Islam. Hubbard claims that The Emanator was the source of the "Mohammedan Lodestone". Hubbard further describes the Prophet Muhammad as a small town booster that mocked up [made up] Islam only because business wasn't good in his hometown. [7]

    Further, Muslims respect and love Jesus. See Quran, 3:45, 4:171, 19:16-33, 21:91. Islam teaches that Jesus was a true and genuine messenger of God. See Quran, 61:14. The Quran rebukes those who reject Jesus. See Quran, 2:87, 4:156-158. Muslims believe in the miracles that Jesus performed by God's leave. See Quran, 5:110.

    The Quran states:

    In contrast, the Church of Scientology teaches in its secret Class 8 Auditor's [ministerial] class that, like Islam, Christianity is the result of an evil memory "implant" designed to control people. [8] Hubbard goes on to state that there was no Jesus, and that Christianity is based on watching the behavior of madmen. In Class 8, Lecture 10, Hubbard states that the leaders of the Christian Church used brainwashing, invented Christ, and siezed power.

    Scientology's admits that its promise that there is no "necessity to leave your current . . . mosque." is a lie. In its application for tax exempt status, the Church of Scientology told the IRS:

    For further information regarding Scientology, please see these World Wide Web Internet sites:

    References

    1. For Hubbard, the ends justified the means. If telling a "white lie" gets people into Scientology (the "desirable result"), then Scientologists should communicate an "acceptable truth".
      • "So PR becomes the technique of Communicating an acceptable truth -- and which will attain the desirable result."
        HCO Policy Letter of 13 August 1970, L. Ron Hubbard
      • "Handling truth is a touchy business ... Tell an acceptable truth."
        The Missing Ingredient, - L. Ron Hubbard, 13 August 1970.
    2. What is Scientology?, ©1992, pg. 544.
    3. ibid., pg. 544.
    4. ibid., pg. 544-545.
    5. http://www.ezlink.com/~perry/CoS/Theology, Hubbard Maligns Religion
    6. ibid., Scientology and Christianity, Hubbard and the Occult, RealAudio
    7. ibid., Hubbard Maligns Islam.
    8. ibid., Hubbard Maligns Christianity, RealAudio.
    9. Quran, 2:136.
    10. Reading the Muslim Mind, pgs. 14-16, 25-30, Hassan Hathout, © 1995.
    11. Response to Final Series of IRS Questions Prior to Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) As a Church, October 1, 1993.

    Credits

    Special thanks to anonymous a.r.s. poster "colticew@hotmail.com" for providing a template and much of the text for this section.

    Hubbard Maligns Islam

    These three quotes occur in succession in Whats Wrong with this Universe: A Working Package for the Auditor, L. Ron Hubbard, 9 Dec 1952. Real Audio [114KB] .wav[560KB]

    Hubbard on the Lodestone

    Hubbard on Mohammed

    Hubbard on Mohammed's Motives

    Hubbard on the Casbah [sic]

    Hubbard on the Roots of Islam

    Miscavige on Religions of the Last 2000 Years

    Scientology and Judaism

    "..as a practical matter Scientologists are expected to and do become fully devoted to Scientology to the exclusion of other faiths", Exemption of CST Under Section 501(c)(3) As a Church on October 1, 1993. (CST is Scientology's parent corporation.)

    No other Gods before Me

    Scientology, through auditing, seeks to unburden man from his reactive mind, allowing him to attain God-like powers. This end is not compatible with Judaism, both in tradition and in Law. It is probably not by coincidence that the first commandment given to Moses (Exodus 20:1) is "I am the LORD your God who brought you out of bondage in Egypt. You shall have no other gods before me." Thus, the worship of self by making oneself into a god ala Scientology is forbidden by the Law.

    The history of the Israelites, from Exodus to Kings, contains many examples of false gods, and the consequences of worshipping them. The Golden Calf. The utter destruction of the false gods of Jericho and Canaan. The temptations of the false gods of Babylon. The desecration of the Temple by Antiochus Epiphanes during the Maccabean period. Throughout history, the Israelites differentiated themselves as a culture from the Gentiles through steadfast worship of one God.

    Scientology has been criticized for its emphasis on money. Internally, Scientology uses money as a statistic for many measures of success - gross income, donations by IAS members, the size of the "war chest", the size of Sea Org reserves, etc. HCO PL 9 Mar 1972 contains the instructions: "MAKE MONEY.... MAKE MORE MONEY.... GET OTHERS TO MAKE MONEY. Scientology's worship of money and possessions (graven images of heaven, earth or sea) is idolatry and a direct violation of the Law in Exodus 20.

    While Scientology officially denies it, L. Ron Hubbard is venerated to near-diety status. Even though Hubbard is dead, every Org has an office for him, just in case he returns. There is a picture of him in every Scientology Org. Shouts of "hip hip hooray" (the closest Scientology ever comes to "worship") are directed at it. To advance in Scientology, one must study Hubbard's words (and there are a lot of them compared to the Torah), which competes for the Scientologist's time sometimes to the exclusion of all other study.

    Knowledge is only from God

    Scientology is a systematic revealing (or gnosis) of mystical knowledge whereby the thetan's powers are unlocked. Jewish tradition teaches that knowledge, especially spiritual knowledge, comes from the LORD alone. The prophets, both major and minor, are shown as having knowledge from God, and not of themselves. For example, the Book of Daniel contains examples in nearly every chapter that the power and knowledge of God, as revealed through Daniel, is superior to the false gods of the Chaldeans and Babylonians. The Chaldeans and magicians are repeatedly unable to interpret dreams, solve riddles, or prophesy like Daniel who speaks the word of the LORD.

    Hubbard dabbled in Middle Eastern magic with the OTO and Golden Dawn, and some of the conepts were incorporated into Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health. Bits and pieces of Chaldean magic as recorded in Daniel creates a background of mysticism in Scientology. (More on the OTO and Golden Dawn in the Christianity section).

    Creation

    If the Jewish creation account is contrasted with that of Scientology (Incident 1), the Operating Thetan levels can be seen as an attempt to undo the effects of mankind's progressive downward spiral and re-establish the thetan's latent powers over MEST. In Jewish terms, the Scientologist seeks to be God of Creation. Genesis 3:4-6 records Mankind's first sin - the sin of wanting to be gods: Scientology holds that many gods (thetans) brought the world into being by mutual agreement. These thetans are not to be worshipped, since everyone is a thetan. Judaism holds that heavens and earth were created by the LORD alone. The LORD is to be served to the exclusion of all other gods.

    The Sabbath

    Scientology does not recognize a Sabbath for its staff. Again, the emphasis is on "production" and money. This is a direct violation of the Law of Moses.

    Reincarnation

    While Scientology teaches that people have been reincarnated billions of times, there is no such tradition in the Torah.

    Hubbard Maligns Judaism

    Hubbard on the Creator

    Hubbard on Hebrew Prophesy

    Hubbard on Leadership

    Hubbard on Following the Law

    Scientology and Christianity

    Scientology Doctrine, Christian Heresies

    Gnosticism

    Scientology, as told by Scientologists, means "knowing how to know". (More correctly, it means "the study of knowing", but Hubbard never felt a need for pedantic accuracy.) Thus, Scientology is a gnostic [gnosis: to know] system in every sense of the word[1]. Through training and auditing, the Scientologist is unburdened of his Reactive Mind, and attains the Godlike state of Clear and Operating Thetan, and has the power to transform matter, energy, space, and time. Attainment of Godhood through special revelation is a hallmark of Gnostic belief systems[2]

    Perhaps most objectionable is Hubbard's corrupt selling of spiritual salvation at steep prices. Scientology progressively demands money from the adherent for each gnosis. The adherent is given the option of either paying for the next "service" or face an existence of appalling spiritual degradation. In effect, Scientologists are spiritually held hostage by their "Church" until large sums of money have been paid.

    Hubbard set up Scientology as circles within circles; a spiritual treadmill without end. If the adherent does not exhibit their new-found abilities, it is the adherent's fault (the "technology" and Hubbard are infallible) and they must re-take their courses and auditing. Of course, since it was the adherent's fault, they must again pay the "fixed donation" for the "services". Since the end product (God-like control over matter, energy, space, and time) is unattainable, the system serves to transfer sizeable sums into the Scientology organization.

    1. Scientology Criticized 1700 Years Ago, Peik Stromsholm, 1995. A comparison of Scientology doctrine to Tertullian's (207 A.D.) treatise "Against the Valentinians", an early Christian work describing why Gnosticism is foreign to Christianity.
    2. Bible Review, Steven Davies, review of Gnosticism and the New Testament by Pheme Perkins.
    3. Hubbard's Ladder, Tom Joyce, Gnosis No. 12, Summer 1989

      Reincarnation

      The basis of Scientology vs Dianetics lies in the concept of the "Whole Track" (See Metamorphosis to Religion), which at its basis implies a belief in "Past Lives" or reincarnation. This belief is openly presented to new adherents. Scientology claims [1] that reincarnation was at one time a Christian belief, but was removed from the Bible by a conspiracy of bishops in 553 AD. This claim is apparently common in occult texts and is patently false [2][3].
      1. Have You Lived Before This Life?, a Scientology text about the Past Lives doctrine.
      2. alt.religion.scientology post, Tilman Hausherr. A key passage from Lived Before is analyzed by F. W. Haack, one of the first German critics of Scientology. Scientology was found guilty of repeatedly libelling Mr. Haack after he had published his opinions.
      3. alt.religion.scientology post, Peik Stromsholm. A comparison of Lived Before with quotes from various religious scholars, including The Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church, Origen's Commentary on Matthew, and Tertio Mellennio Adveniente by Pope John Paul II, 1994. Good scholarly analysis.

      Magic and the Occult Updated!

      Hubbard was active in black magic[k] prior to writing Dianetics. Corydon's cronology [1] is supported by letters from Aleister Crowley of the Ordo Templo Orientis, a magician's sect organized in Europe in the early 20th century. Atack [2] goes further by suggesting that Dianetics (and by extension, Scientology) is an extension of Hubbard's black magik "research" of that time. Gerry Armstrong [3 ], Hubbard's biographer, also confirms Hubbard's black magick rituals, as does L. Ron Hubbard, Jr.[4]. Hubbard himself confirms his links to Crowley in The Philadelphia Doctorate Course, which was written after Hubbard visited Crowley's estate and assumed the mantle of "The Beast":
        "Now, he could simply say, "I have action." A magician - the magic cults of the eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth centuries in the Middle East were fascinating. The only modern work that has anything to do with them is a trifle wild in spots, but it's fascinating work in itself, and that's work written by Aleister Crowley, the late Aleister Crowley, my very good friend. And he did himself a splendid piece of aesthetics built around those magic cults. It's very interesting reading to get hold of a copy of a book, quite rare, but it can be obtained. the Master Therion, T-h-e-r-i-o-n, The Master Therion by Aleister Crowley. He signs himself "The Beast"; "The Mark of the Beast, 666." Very, very something or other, but anyway the ... Crowley exhumed a lot of the data from these old magic cults.", The Philadelphia Doctorate Course, L. Ron. Hubbard, Tape #18, Dec 5, 1952.   Real Audio (USA) [296K]   Real Audio (UK) [296K]

        Commentary:

      • In this passage, Hubbard identifies Crowley both as "my very good friend" [a lie], and as "The Beast, six-sixty-six". To Christians, "Beast" and "666" are alternative names for Satan and the Anti-Christ. Hubbard probably realized his gaffe toward Christians in the audience, and stammers the nonsensical "very, very something or other, but anyway ..." until he recovers his wits.

      • "Therion" is the Greek word for "beast".

      • According to his son, Hubbard assumed the throne of "The Beast" when Crowley died (Corydon[1]), thus the additional modifier of "late Aliester Crowley" is significant - the Philadelphia Doctorate Course was done after Crowley's death, and Crowley likely provided the inspiration for it.

      • Hubbard almost sounds like a late-night TV commercial, hawking Crowley's book by s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g out the name. (Perhaps he was selling "a piece of blue sky" [Atack] to his followers? :-)

      Although Hubbard was a devout follower of Crowley, Crowley appears to have spurned Hubbard's and Parson's "research". In a letter to another OTO member, Crowley wrote "I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these louts".[1]. In this "research" of the OTO 9th degree, Hubbard and Jack Parsons attempted to conjure the Anti-Christ through the "Whore of Babalon" in a sex-magick ritual at the Pasadena OTO.

      Crowley/OTO supporters [5] point out that what Hubbard was doing and what he became do not represent OTO teaching. The OTO website outwardly represents the OTO as being a gnostic magician's sect. The word "Babalon" may make Jews and Christians uneasy, but it is quite possible that the OTO is decended from the traditions of the Chaldean sorcerers that are described by the Jewish prophets Daniel and Jeremiah during the Babylonian exile period ca. 600 BCE. Crowley also studied Egyptian magick and Egyptian sorcerers are mentioned in Exodus.

      "The Whore of Babylon" is a reference to the Christian Book of Revelations, and is associated with the coming of the Anti-Christ, Satan's representative on Earth during The Apocalypse (end of the world) in which Satan is finally defeated. The Hebrews' Babylonian Exile period, as recorded in the prophets Daniel and Jeremiah, is associated with worldy temptations leading away from God (a goal of Satan). In the Book of Daniel, the word of God is victorious over the Chaldean sorcerers and magicians. ...and sorcery and magic bring us full-circle back to the OTO, Aleister Crowley, Hubbard, and Scientology. Sorcery and magic are specifically proscribed in both Jewish and Christian law. The Jewish Law explains that magic does not originate from God, therefore it is Man creating an idolatrous system (Deuteronomy 12(?), also Daniel 1,2). Christianity follows Judaism's lead for the same reason with references to "sorcery" in Acts and Revelations.

      Whether Crowley (and by extension Hubbard) were "Satanists" is a contentious issue[6]. "Satanic" is an ambiguous term. From the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic perspective, Satan leads people away from God. In fact, Crowley and Hubbard did not worship Satan as an entity - they worshipped themselves and the power they could wield through their magick. In essence, their magick was about getting power over others and becoming God. While Crowley and Hubbard did not overtly worship Satan, they certainly forwarded Satan's agenda of leading people away from God.

      Hubbard adapted Crowley's exhortation "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.", then created Scientology. Today, the Church of Scientology International, in the guise of the Religious Technology Center, controls Scientology, Orgs, and Scientologists through copyrights. If the Scientologist does not obey CSI/RTC and pay steep license fees, use of the copyrights is revoked and access is denied to the "scriptures". "Religious freedom" comes for the price of total obedience to Hubbard's organization.

      Scientology doctrine contains many references to controlling or being controlled. Atack [2] lists one of Hubbard's magic self-affirmations to be "You can be merciless whenever your will is crossed and you have every right to be merciless." Hubbard directed the lives of his followers in minute detail, and exiled anyone who crossed his will to the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF). [RPF has been variously described as either a gulag by critics or a boot camp by the "Church".]

      References

      1. Hubbard and the Occult, Jon Atack.
      2. Bare Faced Messiah, Bent Corydon.
      3. Court record, Scientology vs. Gerry Armstrong, California.
      4. L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. talks about his father's Satanic rituals .
      5. alt.relgion.scientology post, Crowley ...... OTO ..... Scientology, "September Virgin"
      6. alt.relgion.scientology post, Crowley and satanism, Nick Zymaris.

      Neo-Paganism

      "We tend to forget that the so-called "cult" phenomenon, like the New Age movement itself, is hardly anything new: It's essentially an attempt at a "revival" of sorts of ancient pre-Christian paganism in all its forms, but merely wearing modern "clothes" --e.g., pseudo-scientific terminology, allegedly "innovative" or "new" philosophies, and the like.", sloopjohne@aol.com in a theological discussion with inducto@aol.com of Scientology in its neo-pagan context and its relationship to Christianity.

      The Scientology Cross


      Cross from Scientology website Crowley's Cross (Messiah or Madman?, Corydon)
      [This section has been attacked by Scientology Legal! They didn't like my use of their trademarked cross (a "religion" with TRADE marks!?!), so your browser just got it from www.scientology.org rather than www.ezlink.com.]

      "Crowley's Cross" is found on the reverse side of the Thoth Deck [Tarot Cards] and (apparently) used in OTO magic[k] rituals. The artwork for the Thoth Deck is by Frieda Harris. The cross bears some similarities to the Golden Dawn cross, another magic[k] group which the young Crowley joined. Paul Hume, 4th degree OTO, has kindly summarized the relationships between the Golden Dawn, OTO, Crowley, and the Thoth Deck.

      Hubbard Maligns Christianity

      Note: since Christianity accepts the Jewish Torah as Canon, see also Hubbard Maligns Judaism.

      Hubbard on the Origins of Christianity

        "Somebody somewhere on this planet, back about 600 BC found some pieces of R6. And I don't know how they found it, either by watching madmen or something, but since that time they have used it and it became what is known as Christianity. (draws on a cigarette) The man on the cross. There was no Christ. But the man on the cross is shown as Everyman. So of course each person seeing a crucified man, has an immediate feeling of sympathy for this man. Therefore you get many PCs who says they are Christ. Now, there's two reasons for that, one is the Roman Empire was prone to crucify people, so a person can have been crucified, but in R6 he is shown as crucified." The Class VIII [Auditor's] Course, Lecture 10: "Krakatoa and Beyond", Oct 3, 1968, aboard the Apollo. Hear it in Hubbard's own words! [ 624 KB .wav ] [ 58 KB Real Audio ] [Full quote Real Audio] [Download Real Audio player]

        Commentary:

      • According to Hubbard's OT III cosmology, all of us on Earth were implanted 75 million years ago with false memories which he collective calls "R6". These implants cause us to do all sorts of crazy things, but Hubbard's auditing can break the power of the implants. Here, Hubbard says that Christianity is nothing more than a religious system built on parts of the R6 implants. Thus, the behavior of the mentally ill was used as a model for Christianity.

      • After establishing the origins of Christianity upon the ravings of the mentally ill, Hubbard goes on to deny the existence of Christ, saying instead that all men share the implant of the cross, which is part of R6. Thus, according to Hubbard, responding to Christ is simply being under the control of a false memory implant.

      • "A Dutch Scientologist argued that when Hubbard said "there was no Christ' in the lecture you referred to, he was saying that the crucified person that featured in the R6 implant was not the person Jesus Christ. In the quote Hubbard explains why many people at some point in auditing sessions seem to remember that they were Jesus, but that that is not the case, but people are either remembering the part of the R6 implant where everyone sees themselves as a crucified man, or are remembering a former life in Roman times when crucifiction was used as punishment." - Rasta Robert (rr@k9.dds.nl.ReMoVeThIs).

      • Hubbard suggests that Christ's popularity may be due to many Christians' previous lives in the Roman Empire, where they themselves may have been crucified.

      • While Hubbard never specifies "somebody" or "somewhere", he does specify the time (600 BC). It is difficult to guess what actual event to which he may be referring. If others can make a connection to this date, please contact me; I'm clueless on this one. Geoff Burling suggests Hubbard may be referring (unattributed, as was his custom) to Will Durant's multivolume work, The Story of Civilization.

      • The death of Christ on the cross of course happened after 600 BC. However, it was prophesied in Psalm 22, which is dated at around 1000 BC during the reign of King David: "(1) My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?...(14) I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast; (15) My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; thou dost lay me in the dust of death. (16) Yea, dogs are round about me; a company of evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet - (17) I can count all my bones - they stare and gloat over me; (18) they divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots."

      • The highest auditor class is XII. This lecture is delivered to Class VIII trainees. It is my understanding that Class VIII auditors typically deliver the clearing and lower OT levels of processing. In any case, Class VIIIs are well-indoctrinated and predisposed to accepting Hubbard's claims without question. These auditors then go on to "counsel" lower-level church members with this "knowledge" of R6 and God.

      • Hubbard takes a puff of his cigarette before delivering his punchline in an example of showmanship.

      Hubbard on the Basis of Christianity

        "The whole Christian movement is based on the victim. Compulsion of the overt-motivator sequence. They won by appealing to victims. We can win by converting victims. Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people.", HCOB 18 July, 1959, under "Historical Note".

        Commentary:

      • According to Hubbard, victims are at effect, which is antithetical to the objectives of Scientology ("making the able more able").

      • The overt-motivator sequence is Scientology jargon . According to Hubbard, thinking bad thoughts about someone is a "motivator" to commit an overt act against that person. Since Christ was crucifed (an overt), there must be a bad thought preceding it. Perhaps Hubbard is saying people compulsively join Christianity because they are sorry for their overt against Christ because their bad thoughts (sin) caused his crucifixion.

      • While Christ was certainly a victim, Hubbard misses the point of Christianity - that God came to us to offer reconciliation, and that Christ's death satisfied the Jewish laws regarding atonement for sins (See Paul's letter to the Hebrews). Hubbard mocks Christ's "victimhood" as being powerlessness (again entirely missing the point).

      • Christianity does not teach Christians to be victims, as Hubbard implies. However, scripture is full of repressed peoples, hoping for God's deliverance (e.g. the Hebrews in Egypt, Babylon, the Maccabees, the Jews under Roman domination, etc.)

      Hubbard on the Roman Catholic Church

        "The Roman Catholic Church, through watching the dramatizations of people picked up some little fragments of R6." The Class VIII [Auditor's] Course, Lecture 10: "Krakatoa and Beyond", Oct 3, 1968, aboard the Apollo.

        Commentary:

      • "Dramatizations" are the actions that people perform in response to their engrams or false memories. Hubbard's theory of R6 includes the command "to forget" and Hubbard is claiming that parts of R6 occasionally surface. The Roman Catholic Church apparently saw these and invented Christianity. Note that Hubbard's time line is incorrect; Christianity preceeded the Church of Rome. Of course, the Churches in Greece and other parts of Asia Minor also escape Hubbard's attention. Choosing the Church of Rome as the progenitor of Christianity is like saying clams were the progenitors of human beings (which Hubbard also happened to claim in History of Man).

      • This reference is quite close to the previous reference and could be another interpretation of the same passage. However, the mention of the Roman Catholic Church by name makes this sentence appear to be unique and therefore genuine.

      Hubbard on the Leaders of the Christian Church

        " Also the Christian Church used (and uses) implanting (with a squirrel version of the "7s"). These gangsters were the Nicomidians from lower Egypt who were chased out for criminal practices (implanting officials). They took over the Niocene Creed before the year zero, invented Christ (who comes from the crucifixion in R6 75m years ago) and implanted their way to "power". The original Nicomidians date about 600 BC and people who were Christ date at 75m years ago. " - L. Ron Hubbard, Resistive Cases, Former Therapy, HCOB 23 Sep 1968.

        Commentary:

      • Not known for his technical accuracy, Hubbard surpasses himself in this passage. Hubbard's knowledge of Christianity was quite limited, and it shows in this and other writings on the subject.

        1. The Niocene[sic] Creed was ratified at the First Ecumenical Council in 325 A.D. in the Constantinople suburb of Nicea, thus the name Nicene. Hubbard misstates both the time and place.

        2. Hubbard has the chain of events perfectly backward in an attempt to invalidate Christianity. In fact, Christianity existed first, then met at Nicea, and created the Creed.

        3. Nicea and Constantinople (today Iznik and Istanbul) are in Turkey, which is of course in Asia Minor and not in lower Egypt. Nicomidia[sic] is really "Nicomedia" and was located next to Nicea.

        4. The Nicene Creed is a statement of belief that is common to all Christian churches. It cannot be "taken over" any more than the Gospel of Matthew can be "taken over".

        5. The Nicene Creed expresses the Christian belief in God as a Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). This belief is unique to Christianity. The Christian Church could not "take over" the Nicene Creed because the Creed could not exist before Christianity.

        6. There were no Christ ca 1 A.D, therefore there were no Christians in Byzantium, therefore there was no Creed to be "taken" by the Nicomedians that were not in lower Egypt.

        7. There is no year zero; January 1, 1 A.D. follows December 31, 1 B.C. (of course the contemporary calendar of the time was the Roman "ab urbe condita" calendar, as modified by Julius Caesar in the 40's B.C., and the B.C./A.D. system was only superimposed on these dates later).

      • The reference to Egypt may stem from Hubbard's mentor, Aleister Crowley, who studied Egyptian magick cults. Hubbard studied these same cults prior to writing Dianetics. One of the bishops at the Council of Nicea was from Egypt, which could also explain Hubbard's misperception.

      • Consistent with other Advanced Technology passages, Hubbard asserts that Christ never existed and is part of R6, the bad movies that were shown to everyone on Earth 75 million years ago. Thus, according to Hubbard, the real Crucifixion occurred 75 million years ago and is only an implant (false memory).

      • Hubbard's "proof" of R6 is based on auditing engrams. However, "An Experimental Investigation of Hubbard's Engram Hypothesis (Dianetics)", showed that Hubbard could not retrieve an engram, therefore his R6 hypothesis is baseless. There is no physical evidence in the fossil record from 75 mya for R6's hydrogen bombs.

      • The 7s refers to a Scientology auditing process.

      • squirrel refers to altered Scientology technology. Hubbard and Scientology does not allow religious dissent; standing orders are to "smash the squirrels" - persecute non-orthodox splinter groups into bankruptcy.

      • "implanted their way to 'power'" deserves some translation from Hubbardese. "implanted" refers to the coerced insertion of false memories into someone to achieve control. Thus, Hubbard implies that the Christian Church exerts mind control over its followers. It is untrue that the Christian Church in general and as a matter of doctrine uses mind control. Indeed, the reverse may be true; Bob Penny, former Scientology member, wrote an essay on Social Control in Scientology, which is found in the FACTNet archive.

      • "power" is the highest condition in Hubbard's Ethics system. To be in power means to be at cause over others.

      Hubbard on Heaven

        "For a long while, some people have been cross with me for my lack of co-operation in believing in a Christian Heaven, God and Christ. I have never said I didn't disbelieve in a Big Thetan but there was certainly something very corny about Heaven et al. Now I have to apologize. There was a Heaven. Not too unlike, in cruel betrayal, the heaven of the Assassins in the 12th Century who, like everyone else, dramatized the whole track implants - if a bit more so. The symbol of the crucified Christ is very apt indeed. It's the symbol of a thetan betrayed.", - L. Ron Hubbard, HCOB 11 May, 1963

        Commentary:

      • Apparently, Hubbard had been denying God and Christ for quite some time, upsetting Scientologists who were Christian.

      • Hubbard employs a triple negative ("never said I didn't disbelieve"). While this might be expected in a lecture, HCOBs are written on paper and are presumably proofread by Hubbard. Hubbard may be slyly saying that he does not believe in God while making it sound like he might.

      • Hubbard says the Christian believe in the wrong kind of Heaven, that Heaven is a betrayal. In HCOB 11 May, 1963 [at end of post], Hubbard talks about Heaven as a series of implants, the earlier version looking beautiful, but a later version looking shabby and unkempt. Note that Hubbard says "there was [emphasis added] a heaven", implying it no longer exists.

      Hubbard Again on Heaven

        "Further, we have our hands on an appalling bit of technology where the world is concerned. With rapidity and a Meter it can be shown that Heaven is a false dream and that the old religion was based on very painful lie, cynical betrayal." - L. Ron Hubbard, HCOB 11 May, 1963

        Commentary:

      • HCOB 11 May, 1963 [at end of post] describes an implant [false memory] that Hubbard claims to have "discovered". Hubbard says this implant lies at the root of religion's "appearance of insanity". Heaven is vividly described in the implant, which at first appears like Bush Gardens in Pasadena. Hubbard then describes a "shabby" form of Heaven, which has been transformed by "one trillion years" of betrayal. Hubbard finishes with the above quote.

      • Like many of Hubbard's works, HCOB 11 May, 1963 contains gratuitous insults to other religions. Hubbard (and by extension Scientology) maligns other religions in their upper-level courses while publicly claiming to be "tolerant" of other religions.

      Hubbard on the Cross and Christ

        "Religion does much to keep the assumption in restimulation, being basically a control mechanism used by those who have sent the preclear into a body. You will find the cross as a symbol all over the universe, and the Christ legend as implant in preclears a million years ago.", Professional Auditors Bulletins, vol. 2, p. 26 , copyright 1954.

        Commentary:

      • Here, Hubbard claims that the cross is a common symbol. Taken with Hubbard's teaching of Past Lives, the implication is that the cross is just part of the baggage we carry around in our Reactive Mind. Thus, it's appearance in Christianity is spurious. This is at odds with the historical record; this form of execution is documented outside of Christianity.

      • Again Hubbard asserts that Christ is a myth, a false memory.

      Hubbard on the "Chaos" caused by Christ

        "A few operating thetans - scarcity - could lead to trouble. Witness the chaos resulting from the activities and other-determinism technology of one operating thetan 2,000 years ago." - PAB 31, Duplication

        Commentary:

      • The Professional Auditor's Bulletins are a primary source of information for Scientology Auditors or spiritual counsellors.

      • Tom Voltz, ex-Scientologist who helped compile the PABs, comments on other anti-Christian writings in the PABs.

      Hubbard on Christ's Spiritual Authority

        "Neither Lord Buddha nor Jesus Christ were OTs according to evidence. They were just a shade above clear". Certainty magazine, Vol 5 #10.

        Commentary:

      • OTs are Scientology's highest spiritual level, and Clears are at the next lower rung. Scientology "technology" transforms people into Clears by the tens of thousands, all of whom are spiritual equals to Jesus Christ, whom Christians hold to be God incarnate on Earth. Thus, Scientology claims to be able to create God.

      • While I must admit a lack of understanding with respect to Buddhism, the implication that Scientology produces hundreds of Buddha every year is extraordinary. If there are Buddhists who would like to explain Hubbard's statement on Buddha in the context of their religion, I'd be happy to put it here.

      Hubbard on Love

        "Love, if you have ever noticed, does not much care where it sites on the tone-scale as we find a young man deeply in love starving himself to death (a characteristic of apathy) and a young girl in love in dreamy enthusiasm which makes her bloom. We find love used in Christianity about twelve feet below 0.0 [death] and in New York precisely at 2.5 on the tone scale." Professional Auditor's Bulletin No. 8, "Viewpoint Processing, p. 50 in _PABs_ Book 1, May 1953 to April 1954.

        Commentary:

      • See the Scientology Tone Scale

      • Hubbard states that Christian love is lower-toned than death. On the Tone Scale, death is below other emotions such as antagonism, hostility, anger, and hate. In effect, Hubbard says that hate and anger are preferable to Christian love.

      • For those that missed it inside Hubbard's ramblings, Hubbard says that Christian love is significantly lower-toned (more evil) than the love of New Yorkers. I am not sure who should be more offended, Christians or New Yorkers.

      Hubbard on the Soul

        "Now we say this thing called a thetan is capable of producing all sorts of things, and we say this is THE person. So therefore, we differ enormously from the Christian statements on the subject. They say, 'you, son, must save your soul.' The fellow says, 'I don't have one!' So therefore, the christian religion cannot possibly be true...and they lose all kinds of converts this way. Somebody saving his soul is doing something very interesting. He evidently has something set up over here, that has probably, mass, that he says is his soul! And then he goes about saving it and it turns out to be a demon circuit called "Mama," or something. Now he expects THIS to go to heaven. (laughs)", Clearing Congress Lecture (videotape), L. Ron Hubbard, 1958. [113KB streaming Real Audio] [113KB Real Audio]

        Commentary:

      • Scientology doctrine states that concept of the soul is a demon circuit. This is incompatible with Christianity.

      • "mama" is a reference to Freud about which he was speaking earlier in the lecture.

      Hubbard on the "Christ Game"

        "You'll find, by the way, another man at this stage, and his preclears will shift the identities and borrow facsimilies. Like men, there's what they call 'The ChristGame' and that game has been played and played and played and play..., honest to Pete, these cards are just so thin, they've been laid down amongst the coffee cups, and so forth, of the whole universe. You'll find out thousands of years before the year 1 AD, Earth, you will have facsimilies and dolls made up like Christ. Fact one: a million years ago is occasionally rigged with Christ and the devil and an angel. It's a fascinating thing, it's an old game. Here on Earth, there was undoubtably a Christ. One of the reasons he was ... he swept in so suddenly ah, and he, he would go forward so hard, is he had a good assist back of him in terms of an implant.", Philadelphia Doctorate Course, Tape #24, L. Ron Hubbard, 1952. [Real Audio]

        Commentary:

      • Hubbard claims that Jesus Christ was real, but that Christianity was established not because of merit, but because Christ triggered an implant [false memory]. This is similar to his "Man on the cross, there was no Christ" statement.

      • A facsimile is a "mental image picture", or false memory. "shift the identities and borrow facsimiles" refers to Hubbard's concept which is similar to Multiple Personality Disorder or schizophrenia.

      • Here, Hubbard states that it is common for people think they are Christ since the Whole Track (a person's history of reincarnation) has events of this type. These events have occurred to a great many people a great number of times to the point that Hubbard calls The Crucifixion "a game".

      • Hubbard's cosmology includes periods trillions of years ago in which spirits, having no bodies of their own, inhabited doll bodies. Recall that Hubbard was a science fiction writer.

      • In the PDC and elsewhere, Hubbard mentions "Christ and the devil and an angel" combination.

      Refuting Scientology's Compatibility Claims

    4. A Thumbnail Comparison of Scientology and Christianity, Piek Stromsholm, et.al. A side-by-side comparison of Christian and Scientology scriptures. A "Must Read".

    5. Hubbard's Views on Christianity, Harrington. A scholarly essay which includes references from PABs, HCOBs, and other Hubbard writings.

    6. What Christians Need to Know about Scientology, Wakefield, ex-Scientologist, 1991. [Note: Wakefield references a version of OT VIII that is currently not in use. Hubbard's authorship of the document is sharply disputed by the "Church" of Scientology], although it has been validated by Jesse Prince, former second-in-command at RTC. Margery Wakefield also wrote Road to Xenu, a narrative account of life in Scientology.

      Controversy on alt.religion.scientology: Is Scientology Compatible with Christianity?

      A review of his material makes it clear that Hubbard knowingly lies to low-level Scientologists about being compatible with Christianity. It is painfully clear that Christian Scientologists must eventually renounce Christianity to reach Scientology's highest levels. The Michael Pattinson affidavit details how a celebrity ex-OT7 was swindled and how Scientology attempted to coerce him into believing that Scientology is the only valid religion.

      After attaining OT VIII, the Scientologist has come to accept that God not only does not exist, but also believes that God is just another implant that must be audited out like any other false memory. In this manner, Scientology binds the minds of its believers, then warehouses their spirits for the remainder of their life. From the Christian point of view, Hubbard's system is evil to the extreme; Scientology is a system of spiritual treadmills away from God.

      Related Web Links

    7. Research Materials on Scientology. Watchman Fellowship
    8. Is Scientology a Religion? Loads of links from the folks at FactNET.
    9. Is Scientology a religion? Modemac
    10. Scientology, Satanism, & the Occult . More links from the folks at FactNET.
    11. Scientology and Christianity. Cornelius Krasel
    12. Scientology and Christianity , Roland Rashleigh-Berry. Comparison of Scientology/Christian concepts of heaven, Christ, and God, with RealAudio.
    13. Scientology Sound Bites, Mike Gormez. Alternate. Hubbard audio (.wav) quotes that show extreme disrespect for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

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