A Brief History on Scientology: Is it a Religion Or A Cult?

There are so many different beliefs and religions in the world; people often don’t know what is real. A lot of times children are born into whatever religion they believe in because of their parents. Christians raise their kids to believe in the Son of God, Muslims raise their children to believe in Allah. What happens when people have a belief that doesn’t believe in a God? Scientology is one of the most controversial religions. It’s misunderstood by many, condemned by many, but also loved by many. But what is Scientology? Is it a religion or a cult?

Defining Scientology

Ron Hubbard created Scientology. It comes from the Latin scio, which means knowing and the Greek word logos, which means, “study of. Scientology is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes, and other life. It’s the view of the Man as a spiritual being. Scientology believes that the spirit lives on and will have countless lifetimes. They have a different concept of God, unlike other religions. It’s expressed in the Eighth Dynamic, which is the urge toward existence as infinity.Scientology does not ask its members to go on faith alone. It instead focuses on one level of spiritual awareness increasing by competing in auditing and training. Dynamics are the drives and impulses toward survival. After the training is complete, the person achieves his or her certainty of each dynamic.

Is Scientology a Religion?

Scientology is a religion because it meets all three of the rules used by religious scholars. It practices a belief in some Ultimate Reality such as a Supreme or eternal truth that transcends the here and now of the world. It has religious practices directed toward understanding, attaining, or communing with this Ultimate Reality. Scientology also has a community of believers who join together in pursuing the Ultimate Reality. Scientologists believe that anyone can reach their goals in life as long as they go through the training and become self-aware of their potential.

The Church of Scientology

The church of Scientology has a public information center that provides all the answers about Scientology. The church has activities and other programs for visitors to examine in their own time. After getting the results from testing, they learn about themselves and how they can improve. The church also provides auditing which is Pastor counseling. It ministers to a group or individual and a person also audits themselves.The training of Scientology involves knowing the written and spoken word of L. Ron Hubbard. There’s a check sheet that is a guide to learning a subject. They provide reading assignments, drills, and practical applications. Enduring all the testing and training is essential to being a Scientologists member and having spiritual progression.

Is It A Cult?

There are a lot of former members of Scientology that are now condemning the religion and calling it a cult. One of the most famous faces that are exposing Scientology is Leah Remini. She left the church in 2013. Since then she has made it her life’s mission to inform everyone that Scientology is a cult, not a religion. She began her show on A&E called Scientology and the Aftermath. In this show, she interviews people who have left Scientology and believe it has ruined their life.The reason why many people think Scientology is a cult is that of the alleged abuse and harassment they have endured. Members have been allegedly cut off from other family members who have left the church. Once you commit yourself to Scientology, reportedly they feel like they have control of your life. The people of Scientology have called Leah Remini, “an actor that’s exploiting her former religion to make money.' Despite this, her show remains on the air and has a rating of 9.2 on the IMDB.