Scientology for Christians.
[Note to some regular posters: Please do not denigrate Christianity or other religions here as this thread’s purpose is to show Christians how Scientology is antithetical to Christianity.]
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1, 1-2)
When John the Apostle wrote this Gospel he was living in the Greek-speaking part of the Roman Empire. John wrote the Gospel in Greek.
When the Gospel was translated to English the word “Word” was used as a translation for Logos, the original term.
Logos in Greek literally means “word,” but to followers of Plato and others at the time, Logos meant the Source of the principle governing the universe.
So the Logos (the Source of the principle governing the universe) was with God and the Logos (Source of the principle governing the universe) was God.
In Christianity, Jesus Christ was the human incarnation of the Logos.
In Scientology the Logos is not a divine entity but rather something called “Theta.”
In Scientology Theta means the source of life and life itself.
Per Scientology a Thetan is an individual being; that which is aware of being aware. Each person is a Thetan.
Per Christianity each person is made in the image and likeness of God:
“God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1, 27)
One can interpret the Scientology concepts of Theta and Thetan as God and someone in God’s imagine and likeness, but as one learns more of the religious philosophy of Scientology it is implied that each person is his or her own Logos, that is, each person is his own God.
Scientology’s animosity towards psychiatry in general and Freud in particular, is partially due to the fact that Freud’s work did away with the idea that the individual consciousness functions as a Logos, since Freud found individuals to be a product of subconscious forces.
In Scientology, the belief is that pain and unconsciousness affects the mind and it is those traces that are the source of those subconscious forces.
If one removes those traces from the subconscious mind then the Logos will become free because it is no longer affected by the subconscious mind.
Needless to say, when a person believes he or she is a god, arrogance will develop in that individual.
When an entire group is indoctrinated with the elitist idea that they are gods and their intentions and goals are god-like, then it is inevitable the group will adapt “the end justifies the means” attitude in the group’s dealings with others.
It is this which makes Scientology a dangerous cult.
Despite their public relation attempts to convince others they are a legitimate religion, their “our ends justifies the means” makes them not a legitimate religion that worships a Logos, but rather a group who consider themselves to be Nietzsche’s “Supermen” with themselves as master’s and others as slaves to their goals and intentions.
To Scientologists individually and as a group, the rest of us are mere means to be used to obtain their ends.
This is a far cry from, and antithetical to, Jesus Christ's Sermon on the Mount.
The Anabaptist Jacques