What Is Scientology? What Do They Believe? Are They Christian?

by Jack Wellman on November 26, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

What is Scientology?  Is it Christian?  What are their beliefs and do they believe what the Bible teaches?

What is Scientology?

The word Scientology is taken from the Latin word “scio” meaning “knowing” or “knowledge” and the Greek word “logos” which means the “study of.”  Essentially Scientology means the study of knowing, but knowing what?  Why is something that is the “study of knowing” called a religion or a church?  What truth are they seeking to find?  It seeks to bring mankind to the highest meaning of life possible to achieve total freedom and truth.  Freedom from what though and what truth is being sought after? Jesus said that “I am the truth” so why not just believe what Jesus taught (John 14:6)?  It should be that simple but it most certainly is not.

The founder of Scientology is L. Ron Hubbard who founded it in 1954.  He claimed himself to be a naval hero but was later exposed to be a fraud.  In 1957 he falsely claimed to be a nuclear physicist but was exposed to be lying about that.  After failing college and two bigamous marriages, he dived into pulp science fiction.  He once said in 1941 that if anyone wants to be a millionaire, all they have to do is start a religion and that is just what he did.  Hubbard wove together practices of Eastern religions and Buddhism, Freudian theories, and hypnotic techniques and called it Dianetics.  Hubbard claimed to have discovered the human soul and his religion strived to free souls from the physical or material world that had entrapped it.  His purpose was to free these souls to achieve total freedom and absolute truth which would bring the members of the church to an awareness of the real meaning of life.

The IRS nailed Hubbard in 1970 for bilking the Church of Scientology out of millions of dollars while he used phony companies in Panama to launder the money.  For the vast majority of his life, Hubbard was in trouble with federal and state authorities.

What do Scientologists Believe?

… humans originated from another planet, the “parent planet”, due to overpopulation there.

Scientologists believe that mankind is basically good and not evil which is contrary to the Bible’s teaching.  They strive to increase the intelligence and ability of humans so that they might achieve total truth and freedom to bring about the meaning of life and find their true purpose.  They also believe that humans originated from another planet, the “parent planet”, due to overpopulation there.  Their belief of the afterlife is that humans are immortal and really never die and that this “immortal spiritual being” has lived another life before and will live another life again.  This means that they have lived many lives before and will live other lives after death and will continue to do so for all eternity.  The person that dies in their present body will later inhabit another body.

Scientologists do not see the need for Jesus as Savior since they basically believe mankind is good and not evil.  They see no need of a Savior since they are immortal and they feel that humans are basically good.  They believe that He was a good teacher who never quite reached a high enough of a spiritual awareness.  To reach higher levels, you have to pay higher amounts.  The more money you pay, the higher you go up.  Study courses and training materials go up in cost the higher in the levels you go.

Are Scientologists Christian?

No one who knows the Bible even partially should believe that Scientologists are Christians.  They believe that mankind is basically good, but the Bible says all of mankind has fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23) and that the heart of mankind is basically evil (Jer 17:9). They believe humans are immortal and have many lives in the past and will have many in the future, ignoring the biblical fact that humans live and die only once and then comes a judgment (Heb 9:27). They do not believe that Jesus is God (John 1) and that since humans are intrinsically good, they don’t need a Savior because sin is just a lack of intelligence or knowledge. This is in direct opposition to the wages of sin being death (Rom 6:23).  They don’t believe in God as the Creator of human life because humans were supposed to come from another planet…the “parent planet.”  They are trusting in their own intelligence while God says that the wisdom of man is foolishness (1 Cor 1:25, 3:19).  They also believe that the truth is something that can come from human achievement through the mind when Jesus said that He is the truth (John 14:6).

Conclusion

Clearly, Scientologist’s are not Christian.  They are a cult. Scientology is somewhat of a smorgasbord of religions and beliefs. They were originally created as a money-making religion by L. Ron Hubbard and this is still the way that they operate.  They reject the truth of God and exchange it for their own human truth.  They believe that they have immortal life when only Jesus can impart that (John 3:16).  It is a mixture of false Eastern religions that puts weight on human achievement through effort, completely ignoring the fact that human works are worthless in achieving eternal life (Eph 2:8-9).  They also do not regard the Bible as the inspired Word of God and do not believe what the Word teaches.  By rejecting Jesus as Savior, they do not pursue the only possible way to gain eternal life (Acts 4:12).  Sadly, many celebrities are involved with Scientology.  Why?  Perhaps they have more money with which to achieve “higher levels” or they have rejected the God of the Bible because of their lifestyles or they could simply be deceived by the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4, 1 John 3:8).  The Church of Scientology may be a church, but it is not the church that Jesus Christ built. If it is not His church, then we know who the father of this church is (2 Cor 11:13-15).  And the head of this church is not God the Father but just may be the father of lies (John 8:44).

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Barry Lewis November 26, 2012 at 6:31 am

I remember reading Dianetics when I was either still in high school or just out, and it was very popular. It was fairly interesting, but I remember getting to the last chapter and all of a sudden it turned into some wacky religion and I dropped it and never looked back.

I am amazed to see anyone claiming to be a member of this “church”. You are correct; it is nothing but a cult, built by a shyster.

Even though, at that time I was neither saved, nor a christian, I could see that it was a lame hoax. I was searching for God and knew instantly that this was not the way. Perhaps the Holy Spirit was already guiding my footsteps toward the one true God.

Anyway, I’m rambling; you brought back a lot of memories with this article. Thanks for the trip down memory lane and hopefully someone looking for “a religion” will see your article and avoid making a big mistake!

Thanks again for another wonderful article there brother!

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Chevelle November 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I love your comment. I was in the same situation as you and although I did not read Dianetics I was purusing through other philosophies and religions and remember thinking how jacked up they were. Those doctrines seemed to want to bind me down to darkness rather than free me from it. I had been searching for truth and freedom and I knew that those doctrines had not presented either! I grew up in a Christian home and went to a Christian elementary school which I think helped me recognize what those doctrines really meant. Nothing else in this world can lead to peace, freedom, and grace like the Bible and belief in God and His son.

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Jack Wellman November 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Amen to your words that nothing else in this world can lead to peace and freedom and grace like the Bible can and believing in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you Chevelle…you are much like Barry…such an encouragement.

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Jack Wellman November 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Thanks so much. As I told Robert, I feel sad for them in that they don’t realize what this group represents and the man behind it all. You are NEVER rambling brother but always an encouragement to me and others. I totally agree with your comment my friend.

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Robert November 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

Jack,
Great article and expose of the false religion of Scientology. Before I met the true Savior, I had a run in with this group. I could only describe the encounter as scary, it almost felt evil. Here in Oklahoma, the church of Scientology is coming under close scrutiny because they run a drug rehabilitation facility here that has had a couple of patients die under suspicious circumstances. Anyway, thank you Jack, for giving us some well thought out summary of, and a warning to stay away from, this group.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman November 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thank you Robert. I actually got a chill when researching this and writing it and feel sad for those who are engaged in this. I think to myself, “there go I but only by the grace of God.”

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xenubarb December 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I started researching Scientology in 1997, and actively protesting it later that year. Back then, they had more power, more money, more members and fewer critics.

These days, their resources are stretched thin; as thousands of anonymous internet users, hundreds of ex-members, and the same old handful of Old Guard critics have come together, personal cult attention has diminished.

It was interesting, and sometimes downright entertaining! I wrote an article about my adventures with Scientology some time ago:
http://www.vyuz.com/100306_cos1.php

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C Mendoza November 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

This is a good article. It reminds me of a book Im reading called ” Driven by Eternity by John Bevere.” It starts with we dont really have a concept of eternity. It states to start imagining where the end of the universe is. Whats the end made of, a thick wall and would the other side be the end. If its the end I still think whats on the other side, blank space ? It says wouldnt this be a continuation. This is a good book. Its a lot of thinkin thats good for me. This is a great article, Thx !!!!

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Jack Wellman November 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thank you very much. That book sounds like a great read. The fact is that not many people take the time to read good books anymore. Thank you for coming here today.

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Mabel November 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Is good to know the facts of cults and religions because a lot of people tend to think that just because someone says they believe in god and Jesus that they are christians; and is how you believe in God and Jesus what makes you a Christian. Jesus walked the earth, His existance has been proven, pretty much like any other historical character, therefore everyone has to believe in Him; but is how you believe in Him that makes the difference.

By the way, is Christian Science, also a religion, have anything to do with scientology? Or is it an independent belief? And if so, do you know anything about it? An article on these different branches of christianity would be interesting. Thanks and God Bless, MJ

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Jack Wellman November 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Thank you Mabel. Scientology is the same thing and it is the Church of Scientology by name as there is not church or denomination called Christian Science. It may be a religion but I don’t believe it is Christian but from the other source other than God if you know what I mean. They are not different or different branches but one and the same. Thank you so much.

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Jack Wellman November 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hi Mabel. I stand corrected and I apologize so much. Robert Driskell, one of our outstanding writers informed me that Christian Science is a cult formed by Mary Baker Eddy. I owe you an apology and I am sorry. They are different and my thanks to Robert for correcting me. I am grateful Robert. I think Robert send a link that will explain it better than I can. Thank you Mabel…and Robert as well. I appreciate you both so much.

http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Cults/science.htm

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Pamela Rose Williams November 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Oh, I just learned something. I thought that they were the same. Thanks for clearing that up Jack (and Robert).

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Jack Wellman November 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Thank you Pam. I appreciate your encouragement as always and to Robert as well. What a blessing to me you both are.

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xenubarb December 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Christian Science is known these days for their reading rooms.

Scientology has no reading rooms, but they will sell you a book, or 500 lbs of books. How much money you got? They have a book to help you with that.

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Raghunath November 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

Good read, Jack. It’s so informative. Thanks for those particulars esp., about its founding. I’m from India, following the Lord since my teen years for about 14 years now. East seems to embrace everything that’s Hollywood and popular, except the truth and the Holy Bible. Whether the world perceives it or not, Yahshua is Lord!! amen.

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xenubarb November 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

One poster mentioned Scientology’s “drug rehab” program, Narconon. Now, to me, anyone who takes spiritual or medical advice from a pulp fiction hack / con man is not practicing due diligence, but I wouldn’t blame them for naivete. The Narconon program reps are very skilled at convincing potential customers of the quality of their program. Currently, Narconon Trois Rivieres in Quebec was closed by the government, Narconon Arrowhead, OK, Narconon GA, and Narconon Watsonville are all being sued for deaths occuring at the facilities.

Reps claim it’s not Scientology, but “based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.” However, the courses are pure Scientology training, nothing about substance abuse or recovery, and a short Google search will show you Scientology’s corporate structure, and there’s Narconon, down there with other cult front groups.

Scientology’s traps are not just religious; they have front groups supposedly addressing everything from literacy, to disaster response, drug rehab, the environment…look carefully for that “based on the teachings of…” If you see that, walk quickly away. It’s Scientology!

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Dean Fox November 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

The church of scientology most definitely a dangerous “cult” organisation but not because it’s not based on christian beliefs. A dangerous “cult” organisation can form around any belief system, even christianity; the belief system is merely a tool used to corrupt people, explanation below.

One reason I put the word “cult” in quotes is because the meaning is poorly defined but the word itself tends to be used to define organisations which abuse their followers for their own gain to varying degrees, with the church of scientology being at the far extreme of the spectrum of cult organisations.

To form a cult one must get people to follow you. One way to do this is invent a belief system to inspire people in to believing you have a special course to follow in life. Another is to adopt and adapt an existing belief system, your selling a special slant on it. Once you have people believing you are in possession of special knowledge that will guide them through life and “beyond” it’s amazing what one can convince people to do: suicide bombing, mass suicide, infanticide, murder and so on have all been committed by people under the spell of a cult organisation.

There are now people who call themselves independent scienologists, they believe in the what they think is scientology as created by L Ron Hubbard but recognise the church of scientology as a cult mainly because they have experience the physical, mental and financial abuse the church of scientology meats out to its members. The best thing about the independents is that they are not an organised religion. They share ideas and debate a lot but there are no leaders and while they charge for services it’s a much more honest exchange than occurs with the church of scientology, mainly because it’s between individuals.

Scientology is however not compatible with other religions because at its highest levels it teaches that other religions are memory implants to distract from “the truth”.

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Pamela Rose Williams November 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Great information Dean, thank you. WOW … I am intrigued by your last sentence. How twisted is that? In fact, Scientology is the “religion” that is distracting from the truth.

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Dean Fox November 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

It’s odd how often believers in one religion accuse other religions of being a distraction from their truth. :)

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Jack Wellman December 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Thank you Dean for your comment(s). What we are doing we are commanded to do. We are to expose such a one that is teaching a lie for the truth. This group is not a Christian religion anyway.

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

2 Timothy 4:2 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”

If we don’t expose those who are false religions then we have failed to seek out the truth and Jesus alone is the truth and there is no other name by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).

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fajaryehuda March 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

dear Dean Fox,

May ask you, one simple question?

who is dare to say, I am the way, and the truth, and the life”?

Jesus Christ is the only WAY to heaven
Jesus Christ is the TRUTH. He has proved what He said.
Jesus Christ is the LIFE. because He has overcome the death through His resurrection.

can you mention one name of person on earth who is equal to Jesus Christ in the Bible?

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Derek Hill December 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

I always learn so much from your articles Jack, thank you. I do have a question. When reading your section about how believers of Scientology are immortal and inhabit other bodies as previous ones die, do they believe they will take on the form of a baby again or an older individual? It poses the question that if they were born as babies again then they could easily find some other “religion” to believe in as they grow and learn that is not Scientology and if that occurs, are those individuals going to reincarnate again or finally die and be done with life. I get lost in deep thought sometimes, LOL! God bless you brother for another great article. I have learned much from you sir.

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xenubarb December 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

L. Ron Hubbard said that a thetan can pick up a body, either at the Martian Implant Station, or cruising through hospital nurseries.

You won’t like this, but Scientologists operate an old folks’ home where they promise to “help them pick out a new body.”

This “meat body as vehicle” thing is a red flag. If you believe you come back (and they do, their paramilitary Sea Org signs a billion year contract) then your physical body is not that important. This is how cults like Heaven’s Gate get people to suicide. Belief that your body is a mere vehicle makes it something easy to abandon.

Hubbard also taught that children are merely “thetans in small bodies.” As such, they have a Whole Track of past lifetimes to draw on for experience, and they do not need nurturing or parenting. Thus they are put to work, isolated from parents and family, and exploited. It’s a terrible cult.

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Derek Hill December 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

That is so sad. Poor little ones suffer in these cults too. Thank you for the information, as I don’t know a lot about Scientology. You are right, it is a terrible cult. God bless you.

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Jack Wellman December 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I believe what Xenubarb said is accurate Derek. He is spot on. That is why it is so tragic for those who are deceived by these many false religion. On this website we are what we are doing because we are commanded to do. We are to expose such a one that is teaching a lie for the truth. If we don’t expose those who are false religions then we have failed to seek out the truth and Jesus alone is the truth and there is no other name by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). Thank you as always my brother…your such an encouragement.

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Vanessa December 30, 2012 at 9:01 am

Scientology is really scary. I’m sad to know that their too many people who are actually member in these kind of organization, specially those hollywood stars that are supposed to be a good model. I hope that we could pray for them to see the light, to know Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Personal Savior. I hope that their would be someone that Jesus would use to touch their lives and show them the way to our one and only Savior, Jesus.

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xenubarb July 16, 2013 at 2:28 am

It’s also sad that many of the people trapped within Scientology are basically good people who were highjacked by Hubbard on their life’s path and diverted down a dark trail of exploitation and misery.

Years ago I attended a few parties peopled by ex-members; and it was amazing to listen to their stories of disconnection and then reconnection once on the outside.

The Leah Remini story has gotten a lot of attention, as she is not leaving quietly. This will focus more attention on the abuses within the organization. Look, this last Saturday they cancelled a Big Event two hours before it was to begin. This is huge because it never happens. Other good news, one of Scientology’s wealthy supporters, Bob Duggan, is reportedly not happy with them for dodging his calls and telling him not to ask questions. The man has put in several million dollars over the years; he seems to think he has a proprietary right to information because of it. The nerve!

These are both good signs of Scientology’s slow collapse.

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Rowan March 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

Aren’t all religions just cults? Look at the wealth of the Vatican. They’re both as bad as each other.

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Jack Wellman March 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

Thank you Rowan for your comment. Evangelical Christianity is not the same as the Roman Catholic church, nor like Scientologists, or Mormons, or Jehovah Witnesses. Jesus Himself said in John 14:6 that ” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We must believe God, and since Jesus is God, and God can not lie, then He is the way and there is no other. Do you believe that Jesus is the head of a cult then? Either Jesus is telling the truth or He is lying. I believe in Him. I pray you will before the day of His return (Rev 20).

If you want to know how to identify a true cult, I urge you to read this article called “What Are Signs of Being in a Cult? at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-are-signs-of-being-in-a-cult/

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Rowan March 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I guess there is a thin line between religious and cult. I am an atheist however I don’t dislike religion. Everyone should be able to believe in whatever they please. The catholic church is more of a business though, if you look at the wealth of the church and they have covered up for a lot of pedophiles within their own clergy. I did hear of a religion recently that doesn’t keep any of the money they receive apart from to keep their simple building running which they use to meet and pray. I have a lot of respect for that. How do Evangelical Christians operate?

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Jack Wellman March 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Great point Rowan. I am a pastor but there is a great number of us, like me, who have to work to support ourselves. I am a bi-vocational pastor and so no one does this for the money. The fact is, the two lowest paid professionals are teachers and pastors and so we see that money doesn’t really bring happiness. People do. I do believe you are right. The Catholic Church is reported to hold more properties and monies than any other organization on earth. Yes, that church does cover up their own pedophiles to which they are accountable and should be held responsible. There is no excuse for that and I can not defend them for their criminal behavior so you are absolutely right sir. Thank you for your comment. Please come back again sir. You are always welcome here.

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Rowan March 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

You sir are what takes the bitter taste out of peoples mouths regarding religion. People who believe in a faith and pass on the message and devote their lives to helping others for nothing in return are great people, who I have the utmost respect for although I’m not religious myself.

Jeremy March 27, 2013 at 12:13 am

I’ve grown up Catholic my whole life and it just wasn’t getting to me like it had used to (if that makes sense). I stumbled upon their website almost by accident but also to see what it is about, at first it seemed to be really cool! Mainly because I have mixed beliefs about science and religion… science playing a major part in the creation of our universe. (My opinion)… I guess I thought it might have been cool to check out because of the name, the more I watch videos on them and the more research I do the more I realize I don’t want to be like them, although there basic belief that loving everybody no matter what they’ve done is a good one.

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xenubarb March 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

Jeremy, if you step back and look at the Scientology organization logically, you will note that the founder had no history of a science-based education. In fact, he dropped out of college to pursue a feeble career in the pulp fiction arena.

Now, why people think a guy like this is qualified to hold forth on education, drug rehab and the mental health industry probably need to consult the latter to find out why they’re that gullible.

There is no Science in Scientology. Just a lot of imagination and plagiarism.

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Jim67 June 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Just watched a tv programme about Scientology.

I hate to say this, but anyone involved with them should be classed as absolutely nuts!!!

I feel sorry for them

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Donald Stevenson July 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Just saying that Scientology has nothing to do with religeon,it was ,is and will always will be a cult. It’s just something that a few rich aholes believe to be cute at the time. So they join just to be noticed,by the press.

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Delicia July 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Thank you so much for the light you shined on this issue. Although I am a true believer of Jesus Christ, my stepson struggles with this issue when he visits his biological mother. I could never figure out what “religion” she claimed to be, but when I read in this article how they believe humans never die and they are just reincarnated… I knew that this Scientology fluff was what she was trying to teach him. My husband and I will continue to profess the name of Jesus in our house and always remind our children that He is the ONLY way. God will prevail. Christians win forever and ever. I pray for those who ever think differently. Thank you for explaining Scientology to me. I will take it and teach my children the difference. God Bless.

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Jack Wellman July 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Thank you Delicia….that is what is so great about godly mothers…they are training up their children to know truth from error. May God richly bless you and your children.

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