Scientology They believe each ‘thetan’ has lived through plenty


Scientology was first founded by a man named L.Ronald
Hubbard in 1954.  Ronald Hubbard had kept
his leadership status through the Church of Scientology until later he passed
away in 1986.  Scientology is one of the
most controversial movements of our time. 
Many view this religion as a group of people who form a cult.  Scientologists state their religion is in
some ways ‘genuine’.  Many Scientologists
believe people are immortal alien beings they call ‘thetans’, who somehow
forgot their true nature and are imprisoned on earth in human bodies.  They believe each ‘thetan’ has lived through
plenty of past lives, both which are on earth in our physical bodies and other
planets.  Scientologists believe that by partaking
in a series of classes and teachings (called ‘auditing’) they can finally then free
themselves of their human forms.  And
also reclaim their true selves.  Scientology
has a Sacred Scripture unlike the Bible or the Quran it includes all the
writings and recorded lectures of its founder, L.Ronald Hubbard.  Hubbard continued to right books based on his
ideas, which became used as basic texts for church members.  There are about 16 books written and used by
scientologists.  They celebrate several
major holidays, one including the birthday of L. Ronald Hubbard which that same
day also marks the release of Dianetics (May
9), one of the 16 writings used as basic teaching scriptures.  Another celebration is the anniversary of the
maiden voyage of the Freewinds (June
6) and what the ships representation had through the development of advanced
spiritual levels of enlightenment in Scientology.  To celebrate these occasions, the Church of
Scientology creates a massive ceremony which is global and is attended by almost
thousands of parishioners.  The Church’s
leadership educate the global congregation of the improvement of the religion
of Scientology into society and the plans for it in the future.  Scientology has a few major symbols in it’s
religion.  They have the Scientology
Cross, which was created in 1954 and it has eight points that represents the 8
parts/dynamics of life.  Another symbol is
the ARC Triangle and the A is for affinity, R is for reality, and C is for
communication.  The S in the middle
stands for Scientology.  The rituals of
the Church of Scientology can be split into four different categories: first,
is a ritual performed for spiritual transformation: second, is collective
ceremonies called events, which includes Hubbard’s birthday: third, is the
rites of passage that includes weddings and funerals: and four, is those that
mimic Christian rituals, for example Sunday services.