DOES SCIENTOLOGY HAVE A CONCEPT OF GOD?
Most definitely. In Scientology, the concept of God is expressed as the eighth dynamic — the urge toward existence as infinity, as God or the Supreme Being or Author of the Universe. As the eighth dynamic, Scientology’s concept of God rests at the very apex of universal survival.
As L. Ron Hubbard wrote in Science of Survival: “No culture in the history of the world, save the thoroughly depraved and expiring ones, has failed to affirm the existence of a Supreme Being. It is an empirical observation that men without a strong and lasting faith in a Supreme Being are less capable, less ethical and less valuable to themselves and society. . . . A man without an abiding faith is, by observation alone, more of a thing than a man.”
Unlike religions with Judeo-Christian origins, the Church of Scientology has no set dogma concerning God that it imposes on its members. As with all its beliefs, Scientology does not ask individuals to believe anything on faith. Rather, as one’s level of spiritual awareness increases through participation in Scientology auditing and training, he attains his own certainty of every dynamic and, as he moves from the seventh (spiritual) dynamic to the eighth, will come to his own understanding of infinity and God and his relationship to it.
Scientology seeks to bring one to a new level of spiritual awareness where he can reach his own conclusions concerning the nature of God (or the Supreme Being or infinity) and what lies in store for him after his present lifetime. Thus, like many Eastern religions, salvation in Scientology is attained through personal spiritual growth and enlightenment.
CAN’T GOD BE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HELP MAN?
Scientologists take the maxim quite to heart that God helps those who help themselves. They believe that each person has the answers to the mysteries of life; all he requires is awareness of these answers, and this is what Scientology helps him achieve. Man is accustomed to asking for pat answers. Scientology requires that the person think for himself and thus help himself become more understanding, able, happy and healthy.
WHY DO SCIENTOLOGISTS WANT TO HELP PEOPLE?
For several reasons. First, because Scientologists themselves have been helped enormously — and they want others to share the same successes. Second, Scientologists understand that life is not lived alone. An individual has more than just one dynamic (the urge to survive as self). He wants to help his family, his groups, mankind itself and living things survive better.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY BELIEVE MAN IS SINFUL?
A fundamental tenet of Scientology is that man is basically good but has become “aberrated” (capable of erring or departing from rational thought or behavior) through spending many lifetimes in the physical universe and therefore commits harmful acts or sins. These acts further reduce his awareness and potential power as a spiritual being.
Through Scientology he can confront his actions, erase the ignorance and aberration which surrounds them, and come to know and experience truth again.
All religions seek truth. Freedom of the spirit is only to be found on the road to truth.
Sin is composed, according to Scientology, of lies and hidden actions and is therefore untruth.
WILL SCIENTOLOGY PUT ONE IN CONTROL OF HIS MIND?
Yes. As man is a spiritual being, quite separate from his mind and his body, Scientology will help him achieve a far better command over his mind, just as it helps him to control in an intelligent way all aspects of his life.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION OR PAST LIVES?
Reincarnation is a definite system and is not part of Scientology. It is a fact that unless one begins to handle aberrations built up in past lives, he doesn’t progress.
The common definition of reincarnation has been altered from its original meaning. The word has come to mean “to be born again in different life forms” whereas its actual definition is “to be born again into the flesh or into another body.” Scientology ascribes to this latter, original definition of reincarnation.
Today in Scientology, many people have certainty that they have lived lives prior to their current one. These are referred to as past lives, not as reincarnation.
Past lives is not a dogma in Scientology, but generally Scientologists, during their auditing, experience a past life and then know for themselves that they have lived before.
To believe one had a physical or other existence prior to the identity of the current body is not a new concept — but it is an exciting one.
In Scientology, you are given the tools to handle upsets and aberrations from past lives that adversely affect you in present time, thus freeing you to live a much happier life.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY HOLD ANY POLITICAL VIEWS?
Scientology is nonpolitical and does not engage in any political activity whatsoever. By its creed, “All men have inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist or support their own organizations, churches and governments.” Scientologists are free to hold their own political views, vote for the candidates of their choice, etc., and are not given direction from the Church as to what position to take on political issues or candidates. The Church believes there should be a complete separation of church and state.
CAN CHILDREN PARTICIPATE IN SCIENTOLOGY? HOW?
Yes, many children do and there are no age restrictions as to who can participate in Scientology auditing or training. Some Scientology churches conduct courses and study programs specifically designed for young people. Children below the age of majority must first obtain written consent from their parents or guardian to participate in Scientology services. Like adherents of other religions, Scientologists are very proud when their children join them in the practice of their religion.
CAN ONE MAKE UP HIS OWN MIND ABOUT SCIENTOLOGY?
One can and indeed one should. Scientology enables a person to think for himself. There is no purpose served in practicing or studying Scientology because someone else wants him to. But if a person has taken a good look at his life and has decided that he wants to make it better, the best thing is to start and find out for himself what Scientology can do for him. One should read one of the basic books by L. Ron Hubbard, such as Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, or Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought.
What is real in Scientology for you is what you find in it that is real for you.
WHAT WAS L. RON HUBBARD’S ROLE IN THE CHURCH?
L. Ron Hubbard founded the Scientology religion. The first Church of Scientology was formed by a group of Scientologists in Los Angeles in 1954.
Mr. Hubbard directly managed the early Scientology organizations until 1966, when he resigned as Executive Director and turned this function over to Scientology Church executives. Although he continued to take an interest in the Church’s activities and provided his advice on administrative matters when asked, he devoted almost all his time to researching the upper levels of Scientology and codifying the technology he had discovered.
DID L. RON HUBBARD MAKE A LOT OF MONEY OUT OF SCIENTOLOGY?
Like other authors, he made his money from the royalties on his books. As noted, one book alone, Dianetics, has sold millions of copies, and his total book sales of both fiction and nonfiction are in excess of one hundred million copies around the world, including more than twenty national bestsellers in the 1980s.
On his death, Mr. Hubbard willed the vast bulk of his estate, including the royalties from the sale of these books, to the religion to help ensure its future practice to the betterment of mankind.
DO SCIENTOLOGISTS BELIEVE THAT L. RON HUBBARD WAS LIKE JESUS CHRIST?
No. L. Ron Hubbard personally stated he was a man as others are men. He was a much-loved friend and teacher and continues to be respected and loved.
WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY’S VIEW ON DRUGS?
Scientologists consider that drugs cause extremely damaging effects on a person — physically, mentally and spiritually. They decrease awareness and hinder abilities. They are a “solution” to some other problem, but then they become an even bigger problem.
Scientologists do not take street drugs or mind-altering psychiatric drugs. Scientologists do use prescribed drugs as part of medical programs from competent physicians.
For more information about drugs and what can be done about them, the book Clear Body, Clear Mind: The Effective Purification Program is recommended.
ARE THERE MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ON STAFF IN SCIENTOLOGY?
We find that young Scientologists enjoy the lifestyle of working in the Church, and many staff members are between the ages of 22 and 35. It may be that due to the expansion of Scientology they find that there are opportunities to achieve responsible positions quite rapidly. Many families have three generations in Scientology. But bear in mind that there are also a great many older people in Scientology, so it is not uncommon to meet staff who are 50, 60, 70 or even 80 years old.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY LAWS OR RULES AGAINST SMOKING OR DRINKING IN SCIENTOLOGY?
No. There are no dietary laws whatsoever and no general prohibitions against smoking or drinking. However, Scientology does have a mandatory rule banning the consumption of any alcohol within twenty-four hours of or during an auditing session or training. The effects of the alcohol would make it impossible to benefit from these religious services.
Smoking is forbidden in course rooms or during auditing sessions since it would distract oneself and others. Rules for student behavior are laid out in a Church policy called the “Student’s Guide to Acceptable Behavior.”
DO SCIENTOLOGISTS USE MEDICAL DOCTORS?
Yes. The Church of Scientology has always encouraged its staff and parishioners to see medical doctors to handle the physical aspect of any illness or injury. Once a Scientologist with a physical condition receives the needed medical treatment he can resume his auditing and so handle any spiritual trauma connected with the physical condition. Many medical doctors also are Scientologists.
WHAT BENEFITS CAN ONE GET FROM SCIENTOLOGY?
Scientology resolves the problems of man by addressing the spiritual travails which hold those difficulties in place. As these barriers begin to fall away, one gains the ability to communicate in relationships, whether with family members and spouses, friends or even mere acquaintances. He becomes free of stress and finds new enjoyment in life. Yet more importantly, a Scientologist gains an understanding of himself spiritually, discovers his true potentials and recovers the certainty of his own immortality as a spiritual being.
DOES SCIENTOLOGY ENGAGE IN BRAINWASHING OR MIND CONTROL?
No. In fact, what we do is exactly the opposite. We free people and enable them to think for themselves.
Millions of Church members from literally all walks of life have attested to the positive benefits received from Scientology. A common theme to their personal success stories is that they are now more in control of their lives than they ever have been.
Factually, Mr. Hubbard was one of the first to discover and expose actual mind control and brainwashing experimentation conducted by United States military and intelligence agencies during and after World War II. Not only did he uncover blatantly destructive experimentation, he also discovered that the technology he developed, Dianetics, could undo the effects of an insidious form of hypnotism called pain-drug-hypnosis and free a person from its grip.
Years after Mr. Hubbard learned about these government-sponsored psychiatric mind control experiments, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act detailed the extent to which these techniques were being used. Over the years, the Church of Scientology has exposed numerous instances of brainwashing or mind control practices, such as those involved in so-called “deprogramming”. Such practices are diametrically opposed to the aims of Scientology, which are to free man and return to him his ability to control his own life.