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Scientology’s “Super Power”

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I found this story this morning: Scientology nearly ready to unveil Super Power.

While I do not know all of the specifics of Seientology's beliefs I know enough to wonder how anyone, even a flake, could fall for this so-called religion. Scientologists believe that mankind came here from some other planet eons on spaceships. In other words, we are ourselves aliens. We were sent away by the millions from wherever it was we lived, which was run by an evil ruler called Xenu. They believe that this Xenu murdered millions or billions and the souls of those killed sort of invade us and cause us to have psycological and emotional problems. Scientology has a plan for that soul invasion: auditing, the process of cleansing the bad from the person. Oh, and Xenu is still desiring to murder us, although he's not on earth, so we have that to worry about as well.

If someone spouted this on a street corner he would be considered a lunatic. We would expect him to be wearing a tinfoil hat and to be either off his meds to crazy beyond medication's ability to control it. Yet, L. Ron Hubbard created Scientology and loads of people have been sucked in, including many famous celebrities. Some of the beliefs of this group are getting out more lately because of Tom Cruise's high-profile behaviors (including getting a woman pregnant before marrying her). How can people fall into such a bizarre system of beliefs?

I could find several biblical explanations for the foolishness of lost man, but I'll be brief. Bob Deffinbaugh has a series called "The Five Fatal Errors of Religion". Error #1 is secularism.

 Christians are guilty of secularism when they think and act like the world about them. We fall into the evil of secularism when we attempt to go about doing the work of God in the world’s way. We have succumbed to secularism when we adopt the same attitudes, values, and goals as those who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Apparently Scientology cares nothing about sex outside of marriage. What moral position does this "Church" take? I don't know, but I'm guessing it's not a strong one. Scientology carefully conceals many of it's beliefs and practices. Why? I can only guess because they know it sounds whacko and will turn off converts, if exposed in its raw form. Christianity should be the opposite. After all, in Jesus Christ we have nothing to be ashamed of. Who can find fault with Christ? Many have tried, but exactly what could anyone indict him for? Being too good? Yet we sometimes are ashamed of him, whether we admit it or not. If we fail to try and be Christlike aren't we shaming Him and ourselves? I plead guilty as charged, so this post is a cathartic one for me. More from Deffinbaugh's work:

We have already seen that although a true believer may live a model life (as our Lord Jesus did without sin), there will be rejection and even persecution. Jesus did not present persecution on the liabilities side of the ledger, but rather on that of the blessings of discipleship. Thus, He began, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness …” (Matthew 5:10).

Persecution is a natural reaction to righteousness. Peter explained it this way,

“For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. And in all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excess of dissipation, and they malign you” (1 Peter 4:3,4).

The world is threatened by a Christian lifestyle. It convicts them of sin, and it condemns their way of life. The natural response to a threat is retaliation. Here is the source of our persecution.

If Scientology hides it's true beliefs so as not to expose them in raw fashion to the world (I suspect converts are fed this nonsense piecemeal, with some sort of "programming" with it that makes it all sound less like bizarre crap), why would Christians hide their beliefs by either couching them in worldly clothing or behaving in a worldly fashion? Because it's easier, that's why. Laziness and fear of being disliked, let along persecuted. That's my guess anyway. More from Deffinbaugh:

Realizing that a life lived according to the beatitudes will surely lead to rejection and persecution, some Christians may be tempted to conceal themselves within their society.

 It is obvious as to why Scientology would conceal it's beliefs to the outside world. Getting their whole message in one big dose would probably draw no one to their "Church" at all (or only complete crazies). As Christians there is no reason to hide our beliefs, aside from selfish, personal anxieties. And laziness. "It's just too hard", or "I get tired of people making fun of me and hating me". Jesus said to count persecution as a blessing. We are elsewhere told in the Bible that if we respond to persecution in a Christlike manner we heap burning coals of shame upon the heads of those who wrong us. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone one who persecutes Christians will feel ashamed, or that they will feel it immediately, but they will have no excuse for their actions when they stand in judgment one day. We who are saved should feel pity for such people and fear for their souls. A last note from Deffinbaugh before I conclude with Scientology's "Super Power":

I am impressed by the fact that the circumstances which bring some men to God’s blessing are identical with those which cause others to curse God. How can a good God allow hunger and poverty? Someone has said that we are either like a potato or an egg. Boiling water hardens eggs and softens potatoes. The very same circumstances result in opposite effects. If you are experiencing very humbling circumstances, it may well be that God is bringing you to the point of being ‘poor in spirit,’ and of being a true mourner who seeks the righteousness of God. Adversity brings some men to distrust self and to turn to God for eternal salvation. Have you yet realized your spiritual bankruptcy? Do you hate your sin and long for a righteousness which you cannot produce? Then you must turn to Jesus Christ in faith. He died for sinners. He offers you the righteousness which God requires to enter into His Kingdom.

Amen! Jesus does not want us to hide what He has done for us, and what He taught and promotes. Contrast that with Scientology. As for that group's "Super Power", you can read it for yourself in the link provided at the top of this post. The article does point out something very interesting:

Former Scientologists Bruce Hines and Chuck Beatty, once staffers at the church's international base in Hemet, Calif., said that while on punishment detail, they made chairs of various sizes – ones big enough for a giant, others too small even for a child – that were set up in a room designed to hone one's sense of relative sizes.

Hines also said the Super Power program, which Hubbard wanted rolled out in 1978, met with delays during the 20-plus years that it was being piloted on church staffers.

One setback occurred when the church checked back on the staffers who had been through Super Power. It turned out, Hines said, many had left the church – hardly the expected outcome.

"The fact that it was around in 1978 and it's still not worked out 28 years later, that's pretty significant," Hines said.

The man profiled at the start of that news story has contributed millions of dollars to the Super Power program. He's a committed Scientologist. Obviously, he believed Super Power was factual or else he'd have not thrown money at it. So, if he entered the program (he was granted access since he helped fund it) believing it would work it's not surprising that he believes it did. Think about this: if it takes something akin to "brainwashing" to get people to believe in the terribly odd tenets of Scientology in the first place, then more "brainwashing" to get them to believe something like Super Power is entirely possible and probable. BTW, Google the name Bruce Hines to learn more about Scientology. Once you're done, grab a Bible to learn more about Jesus Christ. Better still, strive to be Christlike. This advice is as much self-given as anything, but if it helps anyone else too then praise the Lord. 

 

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Written by Shawn

May 7, 2006 at 12:11 pm

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