Are Scientologists Christians?I've had some doubts in my faith recently and after talking to a guy at college I am interested in finding out more about Scientology. Are they a Christian faith?...

Are Scientologists Christians?

I've had some doubts in my faith recently and after talking to a guy at college I am interested in finding out more about Scientology. Are they a Christian faith? What do they believe about Jesus?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I know that in Chicago there is a very large church that is a church of scientology. On the building it says, Jesus Christ, Scientist. I do not know a lot about scientology but seeing this phrase on the building makes me think that they do believe in Jesus Christ, which may mean that it is a form of Christianity.

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tandrewfield | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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There is a simple litmus test to determine whether something is a Christian denomination or not. 

Ask him what happens when we die.

The Christian answer is VERY straightforward, and if it doesn't look exactly like this, it's not a Christian denomination:

If you have genuinely believed in your heart that Jesus of Nazareth was God incarnate and suffered a sacrificial death to atone for the sins of you and for all, then you will go to heaven.  If not, you will go to hell.

Of course, this genuine belief will result in a radical lifestyle change.  How could it not, if it were genuine?

Scientologists are generally viewed with a good deal of eye-rolling by the educated members of the Christian community.  Google the Scientology video with Tom Cruise to get an idea of the religion and its spokesperson.

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kimfuji | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Are Scientologists Christians?

I've had some doubts in my faith recently and after talking to a guy at college I am interested in finding out more about Scientology. Are they a Christian faith? What do they believe about Jesus?

Hi ! I'm Kim. I understand where you are coming from. Have you read Echart Tolle's A New Earth ? or his other book, The Power of Now ? I really can understand my faith better because of those books. I also listened to his series on Oprah--that was about a year ago or so but I think it's still on her website and you can download it.

Last sunday on the way to the farmer's market, I was listening to him interviewed on the radio. He is so clear when he applies the practice of religion to everyday life. It really helped me gain some insights into my faith.

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asirois | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Scientology is essentially a synthetic religion, in that it was created whole-cloth by L. Ron Hubbard, previously a prolific writer of pulp fiction. While sitting around with a bunch of other writers one day, he was lamenting that they made so little money for their effort. He wondered aloud what a better way to make money might be. As I understand it, Lester del Rey said, "The best thing to do would be to found a religion." A number of suggestions were thrown out by the other writers in the room. Apparently Hubbard adopted many of them.

Not long afterwards, Hubbard started publishing about Dianetics in the pages of Astounding (later Analog) magazine, edited by John W. Campbell.

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alohaspirit | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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You could have some Scientologists that are Christians, but their faith has nothing to do with Christianity. They believe in the book Dianetics as a real truth about the evolution of people and who were are on this planet. The book was not written to have a bible like quality, but over time people started to buy into this story as real and out of that came Scientology.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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I'm not sure if all Scientologists are also Christians. The best way to find the answers to your questions might be to research Scientology on the internet and by reading Dianetics by L. Ron. Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

Christianity is quite simply defined as the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he died to pay for the sins of mankind, and that he was resurrected from the dead and now resides in Heaven with God. If a Scientologist professes this belief, then s/he is certainly Christian as well as Scientologist.

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They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

   21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

   24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

 

Romans 1:19-25

 

 

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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If we define a Christianity as a religion that claims to follow teachings and ideas of Jesus Christ, then Scientology is not a part of Christianity. The basic philosophy and practices of Scientology does not depend in any way on acceptance of  Jesus Christ as either their spiritual guide or Son of God.

Scientologists may decide to stop believing in and practicing any other religion. This does not mean that people who believe in Scientology cannot be a formal member of Christianity or some other religion. As a matter of fact in most of the countries in the world Scientology is recognized as a religion at all.

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