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Are Scientology and Christianity Closely Related?

Guest Blogger Apologetics 40 Comments

*This is a guest post and we’ll be resuming our online evangelism series next week.

Scientology started through the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.  Scientology is a very strict and expensive religion that punishes those who try to leave the teachings and membership of the religion. Because the religion has a lot of great expenses, you will note that only the wealthy choose to believe in these teachings.

The Claims of Scientology

The religion of Scientology teaches that people are immortal beings, and are not originally from this planet, but trapped by matter, space, and time.  Scientology believes that salvation is a process like auditing, where memories of past pain and unconsciousness called engrams, create energy blocks that can be removed.

When the engrams are all removed, the Thetan (immortal being) can control this matter, instead of being controlled by it.  Until a person who believes in Scientology achieves this stage, then he/she will continue to be immortal and will be constantly reincarnated.

Scientologists claim they are compatible with Christianity and that the Bible has every belief they hold to.  The Bible says that the only salvation to man is through faith in the work of Jesus Christ, and salvation is a free gift that man can do nothing to earn.

The Bible also notes that Jesus Christ is alive and seated at the right hand of God and awaiting the time when He will gather His people for eternity in heaven and everyone else will be separated from God for eternity into hell.

However, Scientologists deny the existence of God, heaven, and hell.  Scientologists believe that Jesus Christ was a good teacher who experienced wrongful death.

Some Cardinal Differences

Some differences between Scientology and Christianity are:

  • Scientologists believe that there are multiple gods and some are above others.
    • Christianity confesses one true God, existing in three persons, who revealed Himself to us in the Bible, and through Jesus Christ.
  • Scientologists deny the absolute deity of Christ as well as what He did for humanity in His life and death.  According to their teaching, He is as a lesser god who obtained legendary status over the years. 
    • The Bible teaches that Jesus was God in the flesh, and through His death and resurrection, we can have hope of eternal life in heaven.
  • Scientology believes that it is despicable and in contempt to tell people that they must repent or that man is evil.
    • The Bible says that man is a sinner and the only hope to salvation is to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior.

The Bible teaches that Jesus Himself says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father except through Me.”  From the earliest church fathers to contemporary counseling ministries like Heart Felt Christian Counseling, this truth has been championed.

However, Scientologists believe in reincarnation and that personal salvation is freedom from the cycle of birth and death associated with reincarnation.

Scientology and Christianity Are Diametrically Opposed

When researching Scientology and Christianity, we can clearly see that there is no comparison in the two religions, and there is very little in common.  Scientology leads away from God and eternal life as it tries to disguise itself in Christian language.

It opposes every belief of Christianity, therefore, it is noted that Scientology is not Christianity.

**About the author: C. Jones has dedicated some of her writing to providing clarification on teaching and counsel from the Bible. In addition, she works as a full-time medical coder in Missouri.

Comments 40

  1. This is too kind to Scientology. Hubbard said some very rude and offensive things about Jesus Christ. He did not (absolutely not) regard Him as a good teacher who experienced wrongful death (though he was capable of lying about this). He believed He was imaginary, an implant or engram, a bad experience, a lie, and that as a person He had been a sexual deviant.

    This is all on the Web. The Scientology teaching on Christianity is MUCH worse than this article suggests.

  2. How’s about a comparison of Christianity to another recently invented religion such as Pastafarianism?

    Pretty soon I will be inventing a religion based on worshiping technology called ‘ASIMOvianism’. I look forward to a comparison of a historic religion to that, just as soon as I established a vaguely acceptable doctrine and figure out how to monetize it.

    1. We’re looking forward to your new religion’s release date, I’m sure it will have many followers that are completely into themselves and totally blind. I can help you spread the word for a 10% cut of all profits.

      1. You would need to be an A-list celeb for 10%. As long as we ASIMOvians can enlist the support of a famous actor or two (no matter how nutty they are) then everything else will just fall into place. Naturally, the religion will need to imply the threat of certain peril unless devout belief (and affordable monthly instalments) are given to the church. We are virtually slaves to technology anyway so that shouldn’t be difficult. Perhaps the notion that one day soon, all technology will rise up and destroy humanity, so the next time you use your toaster you had better be clear where you beliefs lie. Offer up your belief right now while we are in beta testing phase of this ultra-fresh, hyper-new, fully-upgraded ‘Religion v2.0’ and you are guaranteed backup storage space for your consciousness when your mortal being is inevitably terminated (providing your estate can maintain the regular payments). The backup process is automated, belief in the church of ASIMOvianity is the only required interface to ensure your conscious bits don’t miss the bus.

  3. Religions should be united against materialism, bigotry and religious intolerance and not fighting each others over they differences. Pope Francesco also said that every religion has its own truths.
    Respect the religious believes of others should be the answer here. This kind of articles seems to be instead made with the purpose to instigate further discrimination amongst different religious believes…humm…that’s a not good example to set as a Christian.

    1. We respect your opinion Livio and we are glad that you shared it on the blog. When it comes to Christian Scientology, unfortunately, it is neither Christian nor scientific. It doesn’t hold to the tenants of the Christian beliefs and neither does it hold to the tenants of the scientific community.

      So instead of us just passing it by, we wanted to point out its flaws. Sometimes the truth isn’t easy but it needs to be told. Either way, that’s just our humble opinion, and we fully respect your own stance on this matter.

      1. Well, viewed from a completely objective standpoint, there is very little difference between Christianity and Scientology. Both use brainwashing techniques and intimidation tactics to keep their membership. Both require members to give large sums of money and time to the religion. Both claim they hold the ultimate truth. Both base their religion on crazy bat shit stories that you are required to believe. Both tell their followers that they are nothing and doomed without the religion. Neither stand up to objective scientific scrutiny, reason, or logic. What I want people to understand is that religions are all man made. Love, compassion, empathy, generosity, excitement kindness, well being, bliss, happiness, dedication, family values, morality, purpose, honor, charity, forgiveness, helpfulness, friends, relationships, tranquility, peacefulness, decency, clean thinking, clean living, healthy attitudes, community, service, freedom, humanity, salvation, and transcendence ALL exist independently from religion. My intention is not meant to offend anyone, I only want to speak the deepest truth and point out the elephant in the room. Kindest Regards

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