SelectSmart.com's SCIENTOLOGY description for SELECTSMART'S SPIRITUAL BELIEF SYSTEMS SELECTOR.
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Belief in Deity: Belief in Deity: Scientology considers the belief in a God or gods as
something personal and therefore offers no
specific dogma. The nature of the Supreme Being is revealed
personally through each individual as s/he becomes
more conscious and spiritually aware. There exists a life energy or
force (Theta) beyond and within all.
Incarnations: There are no particular human incarnations of God as the
universal life force (Theta) is inherent in all. All humans are immortal
spiritual beings (thetans) capable of realizing a nearly godlike state
through Scientology practices.
Origin of universe/life: All is manifestation of the universal spirit, which is all that actually exists.
After death: Rebirths continue until one consciously
confronts all pre-birth, current life, and previous life traumas and
realizes one's true nature as a "thetan," immortal spirit -- transcending
matter, energy, space, and time. Achieving this state enables the spirit
to escape the cycle of birth and death, to operate independently of the
physical universe, and become one with God.
Why evil? Painful experiences and harmful acts in one's
pre-birth, current, and past lives become imprinted in the reactive mind
and lead to irrational behavior. Departures from rational thought and
untrue ideas ("aberrations") can result in wrongdoing.
Salvation: Salvation is achieved through the practices and
techniques of Scientology, the ultimate goal of which is to realize one's
true nature as an immortal spirit, a Thetan. The path to salvation, or
enlightenment, includes achieving states of increasingly greater mental
awareness -- Pre-Clear, Clear, and ultimately Operating Thetan. An
Operating Thetan is a spirit who can control matter, energy, space, time,
thought and life. Practitioners ("Auditors") are regarded as ministers
and counselors who assist others to achieve self-enlightenment. Utilizing a device called an 'E-Meter,' Auditors
help others to identify their pre-birth, current, and past life
disturbances, which are obstacles to happiness and spiritual
enlightenment that need to be revealed and released, often cathartically, in order to become Clear.
Undeserved suffering: Suffering occurs as part
of the spirit's entrapment here in the physical universe. Only when the
individual is aware of his spiritual nature can he identify his barriers
within the universe and overcome them, rising out of a lower state and into a higher
state of happiness and freedom.
Contemporary Issues: Scientology has
founded and supports many social programs, which are based on founder L. Ron Hubbard's principles,
particularly in the areas of drug abuse and crime rehabilitiation, opposing what they regard as the abuses of conventional psychiatry. Scientology strongly favors the use of their methodology for
spiritual/mental healing over the use of conventional treatment. Their stance on elective abortion appears to be liberal. Their current stance on homosexual behavior appears accepting, provided that Scientology's ethical standards are met. Based on the belief that you cannot free yourself spiritually without working to free others, Scientologists persistently introduce others to Scientology, often offering free 'stress tests' using a device called an 'E-Meter' to passersby during street fairs.
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