Theology and Apologetics Roundtable: Scientology's Insufficiency in Solving Man's Problems

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Scientology's Insufficiency in Solving Man's Problems

If I were to mention the word Scientology, a few people may come to mind. Famous celebrities who advocate this belief system consist of names like: John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Kirstie Alley, Isaac Hayes, and many more.

L. Ron Hubbard who was a modern genius, founded Scientology and even after his death, Scientology has continued to survive and millions today still follow the teachings of Hubbard. Scientology claims to be the only major religion to ever emerge in the 20th century and the fastest growing movement worldwide today.

Scientology is a very complex belief system with complex terminology like Thetan, MEST, and Engrams. It blends Far East Asian religion with the works of the human mind. Hubbard’s most famous written work, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, is absolutely considered authoritative is basically what the Bible is to Christianity.

The belief system is centered around self-works. To put in simpler terms, the basic idea of Scientology is that it attempts to provide an individual the means to solve his/her own problems, reach their life goals, and gain everlasting happiness. Scientology teaches that each individual is his own innate divine god and can come to that realization once they are able to tap into that mental capacity.

However, the Bible teaches us that mankind’s life problems is the result of sin or rebellion and indifference towards God that separates us from Him in this life and eternity. Jesus Himself tells man his sinful condition;

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” [1]

So if man is so defiled and sinful innately, how can we have the capacity of being divine gods too?

Thankfully, as born-again Christians we don’t have to fret and work our way out of our mess. Jesus says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. [2] Jesus freely gave His life on the cross because He loved us that much to bridge the gap between man and the God of the Bible. We do nothing to earn our way to heaven. There is no merit on our part. This contradicts the beliefs of Scientology. Sadly, today many are following this cult with great enthusiasm and mainly due to the celebrity statuses that advocate it.

[1] New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Mk 7:21–23). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

[2] New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Jn 14:6). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.