Catholicism (Christianity), Scientology, and L. Ron Hubbard


Exploding volcano, an "icon" of Scientology (see Dianetics book cover)Catholicism, Scientology, and the "secret" anti-Christian teachings of L. Ron Hubbard

(edited and updated by P, June 2008)

“We of the Church [of Scientology] believe: ....  That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others....  And that no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these rights, overtly or covertly.” (L. Ron Hubbard, from The Creed of the Church of Scientology, 1954)

“You will find the cross as a symbol all over the universe, and the Christ legend as implant in preclears a million years ago.” (L. Ron Hubbard, Professional Auditor's Bulletin 31, 1954)

“Somebody, somewhere on this planet, back about 600 B.C., found some pieces of R6....  And it became what is known as Christianity. Uh, the man on the cross, there was no Christ, but the man on a cross, is shown as every man.... a person can have been crucified, but in R6 he is shown as crucified.....  the entirety of Roman Catholicism, the devil and all this sort of thing, that is all part of R6....The Roman Catholic Church, somewhere along the line, through watching the dramatizations of people, picked up some little fragments of R6..... (L. Ron Hubbard, Class VIII Auditor Course "Assists" Lecture, 1968)

L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the "applied religious philosophy" known as Scientology, had a deep-rooted bigotry and cynicism toward Christianity that permeated all of his secret writings. When reading the following keep in mind that fewer than 2% of Scientology church members have any formal secret level technical training in Scientology and have never read Hubbard's secret views on Christianity.

Scientology's Public Views on Religion

New Church members are told that Scientology's policy is to "Change no man's religion." They are also assured that Scientology doctrine does not conflict with any other religions, and indeed is consistent and supportive of ALL religions, past and present. Scientology promotes to the public that:

"Scientologists hold the Bible as a holy work and have no argument with the Christian belief that Jesus Christ was the Savior of Mankind and the Son of God. We share Christ's goals for man's achievements of wisdom, good health and immortality. Christianity is among the faiths studied by Scientology ministerial students. There are probably many types of redemption. That of Christ was to go to heaven."

Scientology states as well that: "The Church has no dogma concerning God." See also Scientology's current public teaching on Christ and Christianity.

Scientology publishes these statements as part of its "catechism." Scientology has distributed promotional materials (the "What is Scientology?" book) containing these representations to every member of the U.S. Congress, to libraries, the media, educators, judges, and to people of influence all across the U.S and other parts of the world. The main target of Scientology's promotion and marketing are Christians, and by far the largest percentage of Scientology's members come from Christian backgrounds. Using Scientology's own figures from "What is Scientology?" Christians account for 53% of its members. The second largest percentage comes from Judaism, which worships the same God, Jehovah or Yahweh, as Christianity.

L. Ron Hubbard did not (at least early on) condemn all religion. He thought Scientology was simply superior to all religion: "This science is formed in the tradition of ten thousand years of religious philosophy and considers itself a culmination of the searches which began with the Veda, the Tao, Buddhism, Christianity, and other religions. Scientology is a Gnostic faith in that it knows it knows. This is its distinguishing characteristic from most of its predecessors. Scientology can demonstrate that it can attain the goals set for man by Christ, which are: Wisdom, Good Health, and Immortality." (L. Ron Hubbard, Ability magazine, "A Scientologist: A Manual on the Dissemination of Material," March 1955)

To be fair, I want to quote a longer passage from that same Ability magazine article, on Hubbard's views on "religious discussion":

"In addressing persons professionally interested in the ministry, we have another interesting problem in public presentation. We should not engage in religious discussions. In the first place, as Scientologists, we are Gnostics, which is to say that we know that we know. People in the ministry ordinarily suppose that knowingness and knowledge are elsewhere resident than in themselves. They believe in belief and substitute belief for wisdom. This makes Scientology no less a religion, but makes it a religion with an older tradition and puts it on an intellectual plane. Religious philosophy, then, as represented by Scientology, would be opposed in such a discussion to religious practice.

"We are all-denominational rather than nondenominational, and so we should be perfectly willing to include in our ranks a Moslem, or a Taoist, as well as any Protestant or Catholic, while people of the ministry in Western civilization, unless they are evangelists, are usually dedicated severely to some faction which in itself is in violent argument with many other similar factions. Thus these people are ready to argue and are practiced in argument, and there are more interpretations of one line of scripture than there are sunbeams in a day. Beyond explaining one’s all-denominational character, explaining that one holds the Bible as a holy work, one should recognize that the clergy of Western Protestant churches defines a minister or the standing of a church by these salient facts: Jesus Christ was the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ was the Son of God. We in Scientology find no argument with this, and so in discussing Scientology with other ministry one should advance these two points somewhere in the conversation.

"Additionally, one should advance to the ministry exactly those things mentioned earlier as what we would like the general public to believe. Christ, if you care to study the New Testament, instructed his disciples to bring wisdom and good health to man, and promised mankind immortality, and said the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand, and the translators have not added that 'at hand' possibly meant three feet back of your head. We could bring up these points but there is no reason to. You are not trying to educate other ministry. A friendly attitude toward other ministry in general, and fellow ministers in particular, is necessary.

"The way to handle an individual minister of some other church is as follows: get him to tell you exactly what HE believes, get him to agree that religious freedom is desirable, then tell him to make sure that if that’s the way he believes, he should keep on believing that, and that you would do anything to defend his right to believe that. None of these people as individuals are antipathetic. They know a great deal about public presence, and can be respected for such knowledge. However, engaging in long discourses, or trying to educate a minister of some Protestant church or a priest of the Catholic faith into the tenets of Scientology is not desirable and is directly contrary to Article 10 of the Code of a Scientologist. You will find you have many problems and people in common with other ministers. They’re alive too. Also you will see a campaign to place only ministers in charge of the mind and mental healing. Talk about these things. The Christian Church has been hurt by factionalism. We stand for peace and happiness. Therefore, let us carry it forward by example, not by unseemly discussions." (L. Ron Hubbard, Ability magazine, "A Scientologist: A Manual on the Dissemination of Material," March 1955)

I can agree with a lot of what's said here. Basically, Hubbard is suggesting a Scientologist should not engage in religious discussions, and especially not argue with a trained Christian minister or priest since they are (normally) very knowledgeable in their religion and good at defending it in debate. And Christianity has been hurt by denominationalism (or factionalism), and that Scripture is open to various interpretations. This is even more true today with the amount of division in Christianity (especially in Protestantism). Hubbard insists (at least circa 1955) that Scientology has no argument with the Christian's basic claim that Jesus Christ is the Savior and the Son of God.

The Judaeo-Christian God is an "Implant"

Regardless of this public presentation, the following will attempt to demonstrate that Scientology "secretly" teaches (this became clearer later on in Hubbard's career) that the God of Christianity and Judaism is an "implant." In the Scientology dictionary an implant is defined as: (1) "A painful and forceful means of overwhelming a being with artificial purpose or false concepts in a malicious attempt to control and suppress him." (Scientology Auditor No 71, American Saint Hill Organization [ASHO]); or (2) "An electronic means of overwhelming the thetan [the individual] with a significance." (Hubbard Communication Office Bulletin [HCOB], 8 May 1963); or (3) "An unwilling and unknowing receipt of a thought. An intentional installation of fixed ideas, contrasurvival to the thetan." (SH Spec 83, 6612C06). See the Technical Dictionary of Dianetics and Scientology by L. Ron Hubbard under "Implant."

As defined in the online Wikipedia on Scientology:

"an implant is similar to an engram in that it is believed to condition the mind in a certain way. The difference is that an implant is done on purpose....Scientology practices often have to do with addressing implants taking place prior to the current lifetime -- one of the most notable is the large R6 implant, said to have been placed in the human mind 75,000,000 years ago by Xenu -- but in some cases current life implants are addressed."

The 1968 "Assists" Lecture: "...there was no Christ..."

In a confidential Class VIII Auditor's course known as the "Assists" Lecture #10 (3 October 1968), taped on the flagship Apollo in Corfu, Greece, Hubbard presents his opinion of Christianity and Christ:

"In R6 every man is shown crucified. So is the psychiatrist shown crucified. Although the psychiatrist is the dominant character, and that's how he gets away with what he gets away with. He electroshocks people......Ah, every man is then shown to have been crucified. So don't think that it's an accident that this crucifixion they found out that this applied. Somebody, somewhere on this planet, back about 600 B.C., found some pieces of R6. And I don't know how they found it, either by watching mad men or something, but since that time, they have used it. And it became what is known as Christianity. Uh, the man on the cross, there was no Christ, but the man on a cross, is shown as every man. So of course each person seeing a crucified man has an immediate feeling of sympathy for this man. Therefore you get many PCs who says they are Christ. Now, there's two reasons for that, one is the Roman Empire was prone to crucify people, so a person can have been crucified, but in R6 he is shown as crucified." (L. Ron Hubbard on Jesus Christ, hear the MP3 audio)

In the same lecture to students of the first Class VIII course, Hubbard says that the use of the symbol of the "crucified man" goes back to 600 B.C. With minor design differences, the symbol, and in fact, Roman Catholicism itself, are actually part of a series of implanted incidents called R6.

"Also the Christian Church used [and uses] implanting [with a squirrel version of the 7s']. These gangsters were the Nicomidians from lower Egypt who were chased out for criminal practices [implanting officials]. They took over the Niocene Creed just before the year zero, invented Christ [who comes from the crucifixion in R6 75 million years ago] and implanted their way to 'power'. The original Nicomidians date about 600 B.C. and people who were Christ date at 75 million years ago." (L. Ron Hubbard, "Resistive Cases, Former Therapy," HCOB 23 September 1968) 

In an earlier Professional Auditor's Bulletin (PAB) of 1954, Hubbard suggests some who so identified with Christ even experienced the "stigmata" on Good Friday while being "audited" with the E-meter:

"One must not omit the overt act phenomena concerned with spirits, ghosts and God. People who spend too much time propitiating God are in actuality certain beneath the surface that they deserve a great deal of punishment from that being. People get to such a level of identification with Christ that they will run the Crucifixion complete with somatics and, indeed, there are several instances in history where on the holiday of the Crucifixion persons spontaneously bleed from the 'thumbs'. " (L. Ron Hubbard, "Overt Acts," PAB 18, January 1954)

Hubbard oscillated in his secret and public statements about Christ. From the Class VIII Auditor's course "Assists" Lecture aboard the flagship Apollo, Hubbard speaks of Catholicism itself as an "R6 Implant":

"Uh, the uh, entirety of Roman Catholicism, uh the devil and all this sort of thing, that is all part of R6.....The Roman Catholic Church, somewhere along the line, through watching the dramatizations of people, picked up some little fragments of R6....." (L. Ron Hubbard on Catholicism, hear the MP3 audio)

Hubbard was living in England at the time and his "R6 breakthrough" was considered of major significance. His discovery of Heaven inspired the "poet laureate" of Scientology, Julian Cooper, to write:

"They that worship Jesus nailed upon a cross above an altar, 
While an old priest chants .... 
Do they know what they worship? 
Do they know why they worship? 
Can they recognize what they worship? 
Bondage of unconfronted facsimiles implanted so as to control and invalidate, is what they worship."'

Buddhism and Christianity

Another reference to "600 B.C." is Hubbard claiming Christianity is really a watered-down Buddhism: "Here is an amazing body of scientific-philosophical-religious truth. These texts [referring to the Dharma] written about 600 B.C. outline a scientific religion of compassion and magnitude....And the parables of Gautama Buddha were re-expressed with some differences and additions to spread westward again as Christianity. And today, the entire Western Civilization lies under the spell, if at a lower intellectual level, of the teachings of the Dharma. You are left to conclude what you will concerning the actual foundation of religion on this planet and of the factual structure underlying Christian churches." And that "a Scientologist has a better right to call himself a priest, a minister, a missionary, a doctor of divinity, a faith healer or a preacher than any other man who bears the insignia of religion of the Western world." (L. Ron Hubbard, "Why a Doctor of Divinity?" PAB 32, 7 August 1954).

In "Certainty" magazine, Hubbard writes of his achievements as the "Buddha" and doesn't think much of Christ: "Two and a half thousand years ago a handful of clears civilized half a billion people. What if we were all clear. Neither Lord Buddha nor Jesus Christ were OT's according to the evidence. They were just a shade above clear." (Certainty magazine, volume 5, #10; cf. Ability magazine, #81, 1959)

A comparison is also made of Christ (who may not have existed historically according to Hubbard) with other religious leaders of India and the far east:

"These great religious leaders, at least those I consider great religious leaders, begin with a monk, a legendary, mythical monk, whose name is probably not, but is said to be, Dharma. That word has meant wisdom ever since. Some many thousands of years ago in the highlands of India he handed out or handed on information which was taken up and carried forward by someone who might never have existed, just as they say Christ might never have existed, and that person was Krishna. And we go forward from there and we get to Lao-tse, who in his Tao again handed on knowledge and said there was a spiritual side to life." (L. Ron Hubbard, Ability magazine, "The Hope of Man," 3 June 1955)

The 1952 Philadelphia Doctorate Course Lectures: The "Christ Game"

Many of Hubbard's views on Christianity and other religions are also expressed in the early 1950's "Philadelphia Doctorate Course." The series covers 62 taped lectures. Students listen to all these tapes as part of their OT VIII initiation.

On 9 December 1952, Hubbard lectured on "What's Wrong with This Universe: A Working Package for the Auditor." Hubbard describes some of the "between lives" implants, that supposedly occur to everyone after they die. Hubbard definitely believed in "reincarnation" (e.g. see his 1968 book Have You Lived Before This Life? A scientific survey: a study of past lives through Dianetic engrams) and later incorporated this as part of Scientology "auditing." Hubbard claimed erroneously that reincarnation was a belief held by the early Christian Church until it was removed by "four monks" at the "synod of Constantinople" in 553 A.D. Not true, since the Council didn't deal with reincarnation as such but the pre-existence of souls (which was condemned). The Bible and the early Creeds reject reincarnation (cf. Hebrews 9:27) which is not compatible with the doctrine of the resurrection of the body (1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 20).

From "What's Wrong with This Universe: A Working Package for the Auditor" in the Philadelphia Doctorate Course, Lecture #24, 9 December 1952, Hubbard states:

"You'll find, by the way, another manifestation is preclears will shift identities and borrow facsimiles like mad. There's what they call the Christ game and that game has been played and played and played and played -- honest to Pete, these cards are just so thin. They've been laid down amongst the coffee cups and so forth of a whole universe. You'll find out thousands of years before the year one A.D. Earth, you will have facsimiles and dolls made up like Christ. Fac One a million years ago is occasionally rigged with Christ and a Devil and an angel. It's a fascinating thing, it's an old game. Here on Earth there was undoubtedly a Christ. One of the reasons he was...he swept in so suddenly uh...and...and he would go forward so hard is he had a good assist back of him in terms of an implant." (L. Ron Hubbard on the "Christ Game", hear the MP3 audio)

In other words, Jesus was just using some of those implants put in us long ago to keep us under control. A facsimile is a mental image picture, recorded in the mind. Hubbard described "FAC One" as probably a supersonic shot in the forehead, chest and stomach, incapacitating and reducing the size and function of the pineal gland.

Hubbard's later writings in the 1960s, and especially in the 1980 OT VIII document, also re-assert that Christianity (and all religions) came from "implants." In the secret initiation of OT II the initiate has to visualize while in trance "inventing and destroying religions."

Christ a "Markabian" Agent?

In several taped lectures made in England in the 1960s, Hubbard stated that an alien space organization, called the "Markab Confederacy" implanted their own troops before they sent them off on missions. Hubbard claimed the Scientology organizational structure was modeled after the "Galactic Confederation" of which he was a part. In the infamous OT VIII document of 1980, Hubbard wrote that he was (in a previous life) a high-ranking official in the Galactic Patrol, and that Christ was an (evil) Markabian agent.

In the 1950s, Hubbard wrote a series of newsletters about his technical "discoveries" and called them PABs (Professional Auditor's Bulletins). In PAB 31 Hubbard writes of the "Christ legend" as an "implant in preclears":

"Religion does much to keep the assumption in restimulation, being basically a control mechanism used by those who have sent the preclear into a body. You will find the cross as a symbol all over the universe, and the Christ legend as implant in preclears a million years ago." (PAB 31 [1954], volume 2, page 26)

In the same article, Hubbard infers that Jesus Christ was an agent of a mind-control organization that was imported to Earth:

"A few operating thetans scarcely could lead to trouble. Witness the chaos resulting from the activities and other determinism technology of one operating thetan, 2,000 years ago. It is despicable and utterly beneath contempt to tell a man he must repent, that he is evil. Those who talk most about peace on earth and good-will among men themselves carry forward the seas of unrest, war and chaos."

Scientology and Confession

In an HCO bulletin of 18 July 1959 Hubbard wrote as a "Historical Note": "The whole Christian movement is based on the victim. Compulsion of the overt-motivator sequence. They won by appealing to victims. We can win by converting victims. Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people."

Hubbard's criticism of Catholic confessionals is hypocritical, in view of his organization's policy of leaking the contents of confessionals and transgressions culled from the confidential records of dissident present and former church members. In HCO bulletin 21 January 1960 he writes: "Some Churches used a mechanism of confession. This was a limited effort to relieve a person of the pressure of his overt acts. Later the mechanism of confession was employed as a kind of blackmail by which increased contribution could be obtained from the person confessing."

While clearly misunderstanding the purpose and history of the sacrament, Hubbard recognized the benefits of confession, and seems to have "modeled" his E-meter "auditing" after such a long-standing Christian practice:

"The phenomenon described above has been going on for a long time. It’s been going on since the earliest days of Christianity and I’m sure the Christians picked it up from somebody before that. It’s a basic mechanism so somebody picked up this confessional idea somewhere along the line. It’s very far from the only mechanism there is in the mind, but it in itself was good enough to carry the Roman Catholic Church through hundreds of years over the out-TRs [Training Routines] of those father confessors. (There is no way that confront and TR 0 [Training Routine #0] could be construed as in when the father confessor goes into his box, pulls the curtain and then listens to a confessional.)" (L. Ron Hubbard, HCOB 10 April 1980)

The 1963 "Heaven" Bulletin

Hubbard continued his "research" on the insidious genesis of Christianity and in the "Heaven" bulletin of 11 May 1963 he released his latest "objective" findings, which were: "Based on over a thousand hours of research auditing, analyzing the facsimiles of the reactive mind, and with the help of a Mark V Electrometer. It is scientific research and is not in any way based upon the mere opinion of the researcher...The contents of this HCO bulletin discover the apparent underlying impulses of religious zealots and the source of the religious mania which terrorized Earth over the ages and has given religion the appearance of insanity."

In his much touted 1950 book, Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health, Hubbard asserted that "engrams" were the root cause of ALL human aberrations and psychosomatic illnesses. With his new discoveries of what transpired in Heaven, Hubbard offered a new cause of the human dilemma: "The Goals-Problems-Mass (GPM) implants, which are the apparent basic source of aberration and human travail, which began with the goal to Forget, were cynically done 'in Heaven'." Hubbard dismissed the concerns of some members about his disparagement and cynicism about other religions:

"For a long while, some people have been cross with me for my lack of cooperation in believing in a Christian Heaven, God and Christ. I have never said I didn't disbelieve in a Big Thetan but there was certainly something very corny about Heaven et al. Now I have to apologize. There was a Heaven. Not too unlike, in cruel betrayal, the heaven of the Assassins in the 12th century who, like everyone else, dramatized the whole track implants if a bit more so. The symbol of the crucified Christ is very apt indeed. It's the symbol of a thetan betrayed." (Hubbard, HCOB, 11 May 1963)

Hubbard describes the incident as occurring "43+ trillion years ago." The stunned thetan was placed in a doll body and transported to Heaven in a ship. Over a period of one trillion years, the thetan was given a series of electronic implants, containing the phrases "To Forget, To Remember, To Go Away."

Hubbard described the terrain of Heaven:

"The gates of the first series are well done, well built. An avenue of statues of saints leads up to them. The gate pillars are surmounted by marble angels. The entering grounds are very well kept, laid out like Bush Gardens in Pasadena, so often seen in the movies. Aside from the implant boxes which lie across from each other on the walk there are other noises and sounds as though the saints are defending and berating. The second series, probably in the same place, shows what a trillion years of overt acts does (or is an additional trick to collapse one's time). The place is shabby. The vegetation is gone. The pillars are scruffy. The saints have vanished. So have the angels.

"A sign on one (the left as you enter) says 'This is Heaven'. The right has a sign 'Hell' with an arrow and inside the grounds one can see the excavations like archaeological diggings with the raw terraces, that lead to 'Hell'. Plain wire fencing encloses the place. There is a sentry box beside and outside the right pillar. The roadway 'leading up' to the gates is deeply eroded. An effigy of Joseph, complete with desert clothing is seen approaching the gates (but not moving) leading a donkey which 'carries' the original Madonna and child from 'Bethlehem'. The implanting boxes lie on either side of this 'entering' path at path level."

Hubbard concluded: "Further, we have our hands on an appalling bit of technology where the world is concerned. With rapidity and a Meter it can be shown that Heaven is a false dream and that the old religion was based on [a] very painful lie, a cynical betrayal." (HCOB, 11 May 1963)

Hubbard abandoned Dianetics as the solution to an "Un-Clear" world after his discovery of the Heaven incident and the nature of the Goals-Problems-Mass (GPM) implant. He spent the next five years "researching" the pattern of the implants and in 1967-68 he made another series of "discoveries" which are now known as "OT II" and "OT III." Hubbard wrote voluminous notes on the command phrases contained in the GPM implants, which he claimed were universal in nature.

The Evil Galactic Ruler XENU and OT III

"His name was Xenu." -- from "secret" OT III manuscript in L. Ron Hubbard's own handwriting

Hubbard's "major" breakthrough in this period was his discovery that human bodies are actually the result of the melding of thetans (aliens from other planets) during a psychiatrically-inspired implant "75 million years ago." Hubbard wrote that a galactic despot, Xenu, rounded up the population of 76 planets in this sector of the galaxy and transported them to Earth, placed them in volcanoes, and exploded H-bombs, then subjected them to 36 days of electronic implanting, including the "Christianity" and "Heaven" implant. This incident created "Body Thetans" (BTs), alien beings who were attached to other beings or human beings. They monitor one's thoughts and impede one's life. Hubbard developed a technique for exorcising these alien Body Thetans.

In 1978 Hubbard made another "Breakthrough!" which he called NOTs (New-Era Dianetics for OTs). Hubbard developed new techniques for dealing with alien BTs who were comatose or did not respond to his 1968 exorcising techniques. Hubbard claimed that a human body was actually a mass of alien BTs who were comatose and diseases were simply alien BTs who were acting against the person. Hubbard claimed that eradicating these alien BTs from on or near the body would result in the creation of a Supra-Human, an "Operating Thetan," a new genetically-pure-from-alien-influences master race capable of telepathic and telekinetic powers, without the need for a human body.

Church members undergo initiation on these OT levels in hypnotic trance. They are required to mentally repeat the techniques and phrases until their effects are nullified. Following the 1979 U.S. government raids of Hubbard's Secret Intelligence offices, he went into hiding, never to be seen publicly again.

The 1980 OT VIII document

In 1980 Hubbard allegedly wrote the rabidly anti-Christian "OT VIII" document. Once Scientology's initiates become sufficiently indoctrinated Scientology does not permit them to believe in the Judaeo-Christian God. It labels and treats anyone who believes in God as "psychotic," and enforces the satanic idea that God is an "implant," a false idea installed by pain and electronics in man's mind to enslave him. Scientology also teaches that Jesus Christ, the whole Gospel story, and Heaven are implants designed to enslave man, and that only Scientology has the way to free humankind from the enslavement of Christianity or other religious beliefs.

Scientology in the early 1990s updated OT VIII, and has declared the following a "forgery," but here is a brief summary:

  • About 80 million years ago plans were devised by a group outside this universe to takeover our universe
  • this group conceived of an ongoing "implant," portions of which are faithfully rendered in the Bible
  • this implant makes it effectively impossible for beings on planets like Earth to become free
  • the forces of Lucifer (the "light bearers", or the anti-Christ) are the mythical representations of the "Galactic Confederacy" (mentioned in OT III)
  • L. Ron Hubbard's "mission could be said to fulfill the Biblical promise represented by this brief anti-Christ period"
  • a "mass Marcabian landing" is the real "Second Coming" (of Jesus Christ) and is to trigger a rapid series of destructive events
  • all religions (except Buddhism) on this planet have been instruments to bring about the eventual enslavement of mankind
  • it is a "good joke" that the "Galactic Confederacy" is associated with the Serpent, the Beast, emissaries of the "Prince of Darkness," yet the truth is revealed to those who are "clever" and "ungullible"

Hubbard had an "inkling" of the "insidiousness" of this material since 1945. Two more outrageous sections from the (alleged) OT VIII document:

"For those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance, the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure [he] has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred that belied the general message of love, understanding and other typical Marcab PR. You have only to look at the history his teachings inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It Is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal. So deep and insidious is the biologic implanting."

"I will soon leave this world only to return and complete my mission with another Identity. Although I long to stretch my arms back in repose on some distant star in some distant galaxy. It appears that is one dream that will have to wait. But my return depends on people like you doing these materials thoroughly and completely so that there will be a genetically uncontaminated body for me to pick up and resume where I left off. A body free of religious mania, right/wrong dichotomy and synthetic karma. The job ahead is far too tough to even contemplate doing with your standard -- courtesy of certain other-dimensional players and their Marcab pieces, many of whom are right here In the general populace -- genetically altered body.....I will return not as a religious leader but a political one."

This "version" of OT VIII includes two documents:

  • "Why Thetans Mock Up" HCOB 1 October 1969 by Hubbard
  • and HCOB 5 May 1980, the "rabidly anti-Christian" document (supposedly) by Hubbard, but rejected as "fake" by Scientology's lawyers

Two sites that contain the text, and some commentary on whether it is authentic:

What could be more hypocritical than to widely advertise public acceptance of Christ and alignment with His goals, while teaching and enforcing secretly that He is an "implanted idea" to enslave people? What could be more hypocritical than to state that Scientology has no dogma concerning God, while hiding its "scriptures" that assert God is an implant?

The attitude of Hubbard towards religion is one of bitter cynicism and ridicule, which gives the lie to his directive to "change no man's religion." In a warped and sneering fashion he snipes at all things sacred in much the same way as he attacks the medical profession, though there is generally less venom in his tone when he is dealing with religion.

Scientology and Polytheism

The essence of Hubbard's axioms of Scientology is that the universe was created not by God, but by a conglomeration of "thetans" who postulated the universe. Sometimes God is referred to as the "Big Thetan," but many of the theories he propounds (polytheism, reincarnation, no repentance, man as a "god") are virtually the negation of orthodox Christian thought and doctrine.

In the book Scientology 8-8008: How to Increase Your Spiritual Ability from Zero to Infinity, after dealing with the early Greeks, Hubbard writes that "modern man has fallen into the error of making God into the body of a homo sapiens and posting him somewhere on high with a craving for vengeance and a pettiness in punishment matched only by the degradation of homo sapiens himself. There are gods above all other gods, and gods beyond the gods of universes, but it were better, far better, to be a raving madman in his cell than to be a thing with the ego, cruelty and jealous lust that base religions have set up to make men grovel down." Hubbard clearly believed there were multiple Gods (or Thetans) in multiple universes:

"In any universe one is subject to the postulates of the God of that universe. Therefore, when a preclear cannot be brought to change his postulates he must be having trouble with other universes. A problem with universes is primarily a problem in spaces. Secondarily it is a problem in energy and matter. Any preclear having difficulty with other universes is having difficulty with space. The definition of space is 'a viewpoint of dimension.' Thus other universes are created by other viewpoints. When a pc has been changed in space a great deal by another viewpoint and when he has many impacts in common with it he may believe that he is in another universe and, mechanically, this is so. In such a way a preclear may be found in mother’s universe, in father’s, in a pet’s, in his body’s and is, of course, in the MEST universe where the postulates, he conceives, are those of God. The nuclear physicist studies God’s postulates. Whenever a preclear cannot change his own postulates easily, we conceive that he is operating upon other postulates than his own and thus, that he is in another universe. We resolve space only insofar as we need to resolve other universes." (L. Ron Hubbard, "Advanced Course: Data Sheet," Phoenix AZ, April 10, 1954)

In the Clearing Congress Lectures, #2 of 6, from the Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C., 4 July 1958, Hubbard ridicules the Christian conception of the soul and salvation:

"Now we say this thing called a thetan is capable of producing all sorts of things, and we say this is the person. So therefore, we differ enormously from the Christian statements on the subject. They say, 'you, son, must save your soul.' The fellow says, 'I don't have one!' So therefore, the Christian religion cannot possibly be true, and they lose all kinds of converts that way. The fellow can't find his soul, it's not there. Somebody saving his soul is doing something very interesting. He evidently has something set up over here, that has probably, mass, that he says is his soul! And then he goes about saving it and it turns out to be a demon circuit called 'Mama,' or something." (L. Ron Hubbard on Soul, hear the MP3 audio)

Satanist Aleister Crowley, "my very good friend"

Finally, if these anti-Christian statements were not enough, there are Hubbard's dabbling in the occult, black magic, and Crowley-ism early on in his career. From the Philadelphia Doctorate Course, Lecture #18, December 5, 1952, on his "very good friend" the satanist Aleister Crowley, who called himself the Beast 666:

"Now, he could simply say, 'I have action.' A magician -- the magic cults of the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th centuries in the Middle East were fascinating. The only modern work that has anything to do with them is a trifle wild in spots, but it's fascinating work in itself, and that's work written by Aleister Crowley, the late Aleister Crowley, my very good friend. And he did himself a splendid piece of aesthetics built around those magic cults. It's very interesting reading to get a hold of a copy of a book, quite rare, but it can be obtained. The Master Therion, T-h-e-r-i-o-n, The Master Therion by Aleister Crowley. He signs himself 'The Beast'; 'The Mark of the Beast, 6-6-6.' Very, very something or other...." (L. Ron Hubbard on Aleister Crowley, hear the MP3 audio)

One of Hubbard's goals was to produce an extreme fanaticism in his members. To this end he created paramilitary branches within Scientology like the Sea Organization, OSA, GO or the Commodore's Messengers. More from the words of L. Ron Hubbard:

"When someone enrolls consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe. Never permit an 'open minded' approach....If they're enrolled, they're aboard, and if they're aboard they're here on the same terms as the rest of us. Win or die in the attempt....We're not playing some minor game in Scientology....The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman, and Child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depends on what you do here and now with and in Scientology. This is a deadly serious activity. And if we miss getting out of the trap now, we may never again have another chance. Remember, this is our first chance to do so in all the endless trillions of years of the past." (from Hubbard Communication Office Policy Letter [HCOPL], "Keeping Scientology Working")

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. -- 1 John 4:1

Significant Beliefs and Terminology of Scientology

  • Auditing: Scientology counseling, taken from the Latin word audire which means "to hear or listen." Auditing is a very unique form of personal counseling which helps an individual look at his own existence and improves his ability to confront what he is and where he is.
  • Body Thetans [BTs]: Spirits of people killed by Xenu who were then given false memories (the R6 implant). These spirits, both individually and in clusters, plague the inhabitants of Earth. Nearest Christian equivalent is "demons." OT Levels 3 through 7 deal with exorcising BTs.
  • Clear Cognition: or simply clear, a major milestone in Dianetic auditing, which Hubbard claimed increased IQ, social skills and problem solving abilities. "Clear occurs when one stops mocking up bank [reactive mind, engrams], or realizes he is doing it" (HCOB 24 September 1978 IV). Those not yet "clear" are called "preclears."
  • engram: a recording made by the reactive mind when a person is "unconscious."
  • E-Meter: short for Electropsychometer, the E-meter measures galvanic skin response (changes in skin resistance). In contrast, the so-called "lie detector" measures GSR and five other responses, and is still inadmissible in court. The E-meter may appear to lend scientific respectability to auditing, but it is completely inadequate for the task.
  • Goals Problem Masses: At one time a part of pre-OT3 auditing. Some of these GPMs are found in the Fishman Affidavit, which is available almost everywhere on the Web. GPMs were discontinued at the OT levels when Hubbard developed OT3.
  • Operating Thetan [OT]: Scientologist who has been "cleared" of body thetans. Hubbard claimed they could control Matter, Energy, Space, and Time (MEST). Nearest Christian equivalent is "God."
  • OT End Phenomena: According to NOTs (New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans, a collection of super-secret Scientology documents) an Operating Thetan is "at cause" over MEST. The OT also perceives their body to be transparent, since there are no BTs attached to it.
  • Reactive Mind: that part of the mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is not under a person's volitional control, and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions.
  • Xenu: Revealed in OT3 (called by Hubbard "very space opera") as the evil emperor of the Galactic Confederation who is responsible for most of Earth's problems. Nearest Christian equivalent is "Satan." Currently resides in an electronic trap inside a mountain.

According to Scientology, Xenu (or Xemu) is ultimately responsible for "implanting" Christianity, God, Christ, the Devil, etc as false ideas into the minds of humanity millions of years ago.

"His name was Xenu." -- from "secret" OT III manuscript in L. Ron Hubbard's own handwriting

Sources

HCOBs, HCOPLs, Magazines, Books, Tapes and Lectures by L. Ron Hubbard 
Various magazine articles and texts critical of Scientology and Hubbard, including:
Bare Faced Messiah by Russell Miller, L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman by Bent Corydon, and A Piece of Blue Sky by Jon Atack 
Various web pages and the Internet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology

based on "The Fable": Hollywood, Satanism, Scientology, and Suicide (a public domain document), and the Scientology Comparative Theology page

Links

Operation Clambake an excellent anti-Scientology site

Here are some official Scientology sites:

http://www.Scientology.org
http://www.WhatIsScientology.org
http://www.Dianetics.org
http://LRon.Hubbard.org/


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