Scientologists believe that each human was once a Thetan - a godlike
all-knowing being who became bored because there were no surprises so
gave up its power to enter the material universe. Through their religion,
a human can return once more to being an Operating Thetan (OT). [And whereupon
get bored again?] Reincarnation
and a form of karma are essential beliefs
They believe the mind can record "engrams" when subjected
to traumatic events. These events may not be remembered by the conscious
mind. After much "auditing," a "preclear" (a person
who still has engrams) can become "clear." A further course
(for more money) confirms the person really is clear.
From here Scientology has at least 8 OT stages (that get progressively
more expensive). Several more are rumoured to be incomplete. Each OT stage
has a manual associated with it (strangely resembling cheap science fiction)
normally referred to by a Roman numeral. These writings get more ridiculous
the higher the level, but these are only revealed to Scientologists as
they are able to accept them. An overview
of the OT manuals is on Operation
Clambake's web site.
The big secrets are revealed in OT III. Xenu is the name of the
galactic ruler in L Ron Hubbard's science fiction-like manual who dropped
hydrogen bombs (the latest technology when Ron wrote it) on some volcanos
75 million years ago. Scientologists have to pay a lot of money to find
out this highly secret name and that their troubles are caused by clustering
Thetans. However, note that at any time most Scientologists will not have
done OT III and believe the knowledge is deadly to the unprepared (preparation
naturally being by expensive Scientology courses). Only a few thousand
people have done OT III.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Widely recognised (by non-Christians
also) as the greatest person who ever lived.
L Ron Hubbard, a pulp science fiction writer.
He has been called "a pathological
liar who hated and despised humanity; a sociopath caught between
the conflicting desires to earn the admiration of humanity, and
his desire to inflict great pain and misery upon those who ignored
him and refused him his self-perceived due measure of honor and
|Recognition or acknowledgement of Jesus Christ:
||The only completely good person who has ever lived.
Just an ordinary person, no one special. He
was not an OT but instead "just a shade above clear."
OT VIII (the manual of one of the
highest levels of Scientology) reportedly claims Jesus was "a
lover of young boys."
The ONLY religion where God reaches out to people, thereby enabling
them to be saved.
ALL other religions involve people
having to work to earn their salvation.
- that should be tolerated, along with all other religions (public
- that should be eliminated (non-public position).
A dangerous mind control cult.
According to Mike
Ferriss "dangerous" means "full of danger; likely
to cause injury, pain, etc" Sounds about right. Check out the
subheading "The Harm it Does to a Person" in this
overview of Scientology at Operation
Yes, Scientology calls Scientology
a cult, although they seem to use the word in a different sense
than is normal in such matters.
Jon Atack: "They
are convinced that it is a science, based upon Hubbard's intense
research. This is simply untrue. In thirty-six years Hubbard
failed to produce a single piece of work which meets acceptable
scientific criteria." (Emphasis added.)
|To be "saved" (or whatever):
Accept Jesus Christ as your saviour. That's it.
Slowly work your way up through multiple levels, learning more
and more "stuff" that would resemble cheap science fiction
if you were still enough in control of your mental faculties to
recognise it as such, paying what may amount to hundreds of thousands
of dollars as you go.
In Scientology there's always more
to do, but only as long as you're able to believe it and pay for