I Tried To Join The Church Of Scientology And This Is What Happened
Anyone seeking spiritual growth is welcome to join the church of Scientology.
The Scientology religion's materials are easily available at Scientology Churches and public libraries all around the world. Churches and missions are always accessible to the public, and anybody can come in for a tour and learn more about the Church.
The Church of Scientology has been mired in a number of scandals since its founding in 1954, such as its position on the issue of psychiatry, Scientology's credibility as a religion, the Church's violent attitude in having dealt with its perceived enemies and critics, accusations of member mistreatment, and malevolent financial practices. A couple of examples include the high cost of religious education and the impression that certain practices are exploitative. Claims of abuse in the media have generally been rejected by church authorities.
Even by religious standards, Scientology is strange as a whole. It is an insane belief system that arose out of one man's cynical goal to establish a get-rich scheme, as User states in a superbly written article (User's answer to Is Scientology a Cult?).
On the surface, Scientology claims to be able to release you from your own self-created impediments and restrictions. It envisions a society in which people are enlightened and caring toward one another.
You're broke now, and you're used to being instructed what to think, how to speak, and how to act for decades. A Hubbard clone chipset is used to change your personality and attitude.
The strangest thing about Scientology is the obvious contradictions that cult members supposedly can't notice any longer.
Another oddity is that some components of Scientology, when used correctly, can be extremely beneficial. Meanwhile, the organization has been doing things behind the scenes, out of sight, that amount to outright fraud and rip-off.
- The Xenu situation
- I mean, seriously, a church with an "office of special affairs"?
- Which church will not let you attend unless you pay a big quantity of money?
- Due to a population problem, they trapped aliens in a volcano and blasted them up with Hydrogen bombs 75 million years ago? Seriously? Was that King Xenu's sole choice?
- Now, all of your issues are caused by the spirits of these blown-up space aliens... or space cooties... who have decided to attach themselves to EVERY part of your body... and only Scientology for a fee can pull them off you.
In a 2015 Fortune.com story, the church has a book worth $1.75 billion, according to Jeffrey Augustine, author of the blog The Scientology Money Project.
Unless you live in Los Angeles, chances are you've only heard of the church of Scientology when it's associated with a Hollywood celebrity.
But there's a lot more to this faith than its Hollywood ties. Scientology is without a doubt one of the most successful new American religions of the last century. Despite its popularity, what Scientologists believe and how they see a higher power are frequently misinterpreted, as is the case with many other belief systems.