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Scientology: The Cult That Has Been Called A Religion

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The Church of Scientology has many deceitful practices that it portrays. It is a vicious and dangerous cult that masquerades as a religion. It practices a variety of mind-control techniques on people lured into its midst to gain control over their lives. The people that have believed the lies of the scientologists have given up family relations, time and large amounts of money to make their lives better. Its views are against scripture and the truth. What is Scientology? The word Scientology comes from comes from is derived from the Latin word scio, meaning know and the Greek word logos the word or outward form by which the inward thought is expressed and made known. Therefore, Scientology means knowing about knowing. The religious philosophy applied is that man is basically good. This is one of the first major scriptural contradictions I have found. Matthew 19:17 says And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. and Romans 3:23 says For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Man was born with a sinful nature and therefore is in need of repentance and submittance to God. No one is asked to believe anything on faith. People involved discover for themselves that Scientology works by seeing the works it can do. I think that with the amount of money that people put into it they have to have some faith in the man.That faith is false. Man will always let people down. Also, another belief is that spiritual salvation depends on self. They believe that you can do works and decide for yourself when you are spiritually saved. A scripture that tells the truth of all of this is Ephesians 2:8-9. It says, For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God--not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Why is Scientology thought of as a Religion? The definition for religion is Any specific system of belief and worship, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy Scientology does fall into that category. As stated before, it does have many beliefs. The religious philosophy includes the study of spiritual manifestations, research on the nature of the spirit, study of the relationship of the spirit to the body, and practices devoted to the rehabilitation of the spiritual abilities There are two dreams that it claims to have in common with all great religions. One is the dream of peace on Earth and the other is the dream of salvation for man. These are nice dreams to have but, in a way, Scientology doesn't support those dreams. In their claim that man creates his own salvation, a Christian person would know that salvation is only received when you ask Jesus to become your Lord and Savior. Within the church basic church ceremonies do take place. At church meeting there is a sermon. When a child is born, soon after there is a naming ceremony that is similar to a baptism. Also there are weddings and...

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