I recently read an article from The New York Times titled Defectors: Church of Scientology hides abuse. If you have time I would recommend reading the article but I want to just take a little snippet from the article to show you the sad reality of man-made religion. Under the section 'Bridge to Total Freedom' the article says:
"Scientology is an esoteric religion in which the faith is revealed gradually to those who invest their time and money to master Mr. Hubbard’s teachings. Scientologists believe that human beings are impeded by negative memories from past lives, and that by applying Mr. Hubbard’s 'technology,' they can reach a state known as clear.
They may spend hundreds of hours in one-on-one 'auditing' sessions, holding the slim silver-colored handles of an e-meter while an auditor asks them questions and takes notes on what they say and on the e-meter’s readings.
By doing enough auditing, taking courses and studying Mr. Hubbard’s books and lectures — for which some Scientologists say they have paid as much as $1 million — Scientologists believe that they can proceed up the 'bridge to total freedom' and live to their full abilities as Operating Thetans, pure spirits. They do believe in God, or a Supreme Being that is associated with infinite potential."
What a sad sad thing to read. What is going on in Scientology is a whole lot of spending money for the sake of earning freedom. I'm not going to beat around the bush that Scientology believes in the god of self. Scientology does not teach the one true living God in holy Scripture. Don't be fooled. We cannot buy our way to a clean past. We cannot work our way into freedom. We cannot will ourselves into eternal life. The God of the Bible is the answer.
Scientology says "faith is revealed gradually to those who invest their time and money to the master." But Scripture teaches us faith is a gift given by the grace of God to those who believe (Eph. 2:8-9).
Scientologists "believe that human beings are impeded by negative memories from past lives, and by applying Mr. Hubbard's 'technology', they can reach a state known as clear." But Scripture tells us "As far as the east is from the west, so does he [God] remove our transgressions from us" (Ps. 103:12). "But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed" (Is. 53:5).
Scientologist "spend hundreds of hours in one-on-one 'auditing' sessions." Scripture tells us that "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). From a human standpoint the Scripture tells us to "confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed" (James 5:16).
"Scientologists believe that they can proceed up the 'bridge to total freedom' and live to their full abilities as Operating Thetans, pure spirits." Jesus tells us, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32). Jesus then says, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6)
Don't seek your satisfaction in broken cisterns. Seek your satisfaction in the eternal fountain of life, Jesus Christ. The work of salvation was accomplished at the cross. Don't be enslaved to earning salvation that has already been earned through Christ crucified. Humble yourself before his finished work. Confess and repent of your self-centered efforts and flee to the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
Grace upon grace,