Why is Scientology labeled as a "Religion?"

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  1. Obscure Divine profile image53
    Obscure Divineposted 8 years ago

    I'm curious how Scientology became legal in the first place, since L. Ron Hubbard openly admitted that he made the sci-fi "stuff" up and/or invented it?  I'm sure he had help with psycho-troubled substances while writing it, but still...  Why would anyone follow this hogwash?  Is it denial, desperation, what???  What drives a person to seek out or become a victim to a cult?  Hmm..., maybe this applies to other "religions" as well, but this particular one seems to stand out on the "BS Meter of Madness."

    I'd really like someone to enlighten me about any pros that may exist, when it comes to Scientology...  LOL!

    1. WizardOfOz profile image59
      WizardOfOzposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      in 2000 years it will only be as ridiculous as the rest of them.

      1. Obscure Divine profile image53
        Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        In short:  It is ALL labeled as ludicrous?

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ego.
      Ego is what drives the cult of Scientology.
      As it drives the other cults.
      And at the deeper level, the sin of Satan;  the desire to be one's own "god".....

      1. Mark Knowles profile image61
        Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        LOL

        Definition of a cult = "A religion with no money".

        So - sorry - bet they have more money than your cult. wink

        1. Obscure Divine profile image53
          Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Ahh, I thought all of these faddish devotions require at least some money.  I suppose some offering plates are bigger than others.  big_smile

    3. profile image0
      cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good question. L. Ron Hubbard started that 'religion' on a bet, i believe. do people even check out these religions before they join them?

      1. Obscure Divine profile image53
        Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Obviously, many people do not.  Ha-ha!

    4. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      There are only 'pros' for the people in charge. Whoever they are LOL

      Ask Tom Cruise ! lol

      1. Obscure Divine profile image53
        Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Isn't he the president of this so-called "religion," now?  LOL!

        1. tantrum profile image61
          tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I wouldn't be surprised ! lol

    5. Shahid Bukhari profile image58
      Shahid Bukhariposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Common Folks of America ... in particular, and the Modern folks, in general, distanced from True Belief, by Media hypes, supporting these newfangled Religions ... is confusing the common folks ... and away from Religion.

      Thus, Confused ... common folks today, are Searching for the Truth of Existential Reality ... Particularly, answer, to the Question of God, Belief, Being, Purpose, and Life, etc..

      Now since, your "Free" Media, ensures that you don't go back to Belief in God ... keeps you Confused ... So you are forced seek Alternative ways of Understanding the Truth and Reality ... and try do so, via Science, and its obnoxious Theories ... or the UFO and aliens teachings based Galactic Religions !

      The smart cookies, see the Common Folks Confusion, as a rare business opportunity to make the fastest dollar, and euros etc.. ...  and start these new Cults and Religions.

      I hear, a Hindu Maharishi had over a hundred Rolls Royce's, and a huge Estate, called an Ashram ... his Religious Sanctuary, in California ... acquired from  "donations" of his followers ... he was eventually thrown out of US on Tax Fraud charges, and sent back to India, where, under more "flexible" tax law conditions, he set up an "Ashram" ... for the "remaining Seekers of Truth" !

      I believe, what your Books say, is generally  truer than what these smart aleks say or preach ... Therefore, it will be better, if you to go back to your church, or alternatively try understand, then embrace Islam ...

      But watch out for the smart aleks ... hiding behind the Alien Brands of   Christianity and Islam ... or the Modern versions of Christianity and Islam ... calling these new Religions, usually claimed by one, claiming to be Christ's modern incarnation ! .

      And how to know, if the ones you are dealing with, are the Right people ...

      Well ! ... check out the Lifestyle of the High Priest, and his Assistant Priests ... before making any cash donations.

  2. profile image0
    Brenda Durhamposted 8 years ago

    I wonder if it's labeled a religion in order to get tax write-offs.....

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Their garbage is no less ridiculous than your nonsense.

      And they don't hate gays.......

  3. mega1 profile image76
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    because its a free country and we like it like that - you don't have to agree with everything everyone else believes - and you can worship beavers if you want, as long as you want!  Proud to be alive in the land of the free!  If you're worried about things like this, you're the one with a problem!

    1. Obscure Divine profile image53
      Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If you're desperate enough to believe something that someone else says "they made up and/or lied about" then more power to your freedom to be duped & deluded!  This is true, anyone is also free to cut their own throat, as well.  Praise be!   I don't think anyone on this thread is "worried" about any of this baloney.  I think it is a humorous topic, and I'm free to think this...  LOL!

      1. mega1 profile image76
        mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        well, I hate to disillusion you, but I'm sure that 80 or 90 percent of the bible is also "made up" or at the very least "embroidered, exaggerated and compounded" so believe what you want to believe is what I'm saying.  I believe that acceptance, tolerance and compassion are good to start with - forget about worshiping any human no matter how great they were - but that's what I believe, anyhow.  In fact, anyhow, the word WORSHIP represents something I just don't want to do.  Blind faith - you can have it.

        1. Obscure Divine profile image53
          Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I don't believe in ANY organized religions.  But, at least Jesus didn't say or was quoted saying, "Hey, I made this sci-fi crap up so I could invent a religion."  To me, it makes it even more asinine to follow a cult that the founder admits that he invented the damn thing from thin air and for money!  Ha-ha!  You know, that was kind of honest of Ron.  Hmm...  LOL!

          1. mega1 profile image76
            mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            You're right - Jesus probably (but how would we know) didn't say nothing like that - but some of his followers who made a mighty good living off his martyrdom made up some really exquisite and funny stuff - and are still parading around in their bonnets asking for "donations"  and trying to "save" the heathens!  It is all delightfully primitive and funny!

            1. Obscure Divine profile image53
              Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Ahh, you have finally arrived at the jest of the joke of this thread.  Ha-ha-ha!

              1. mega1 profile image76
                mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                finally

                1. Obscure Divine profile image53
                  Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  I hope so...  neutral

    2. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Do you really know what Scientology do to people ?

      1. Obscure Divine profile image53
        Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I don't think 'mega1' does; too busy caught up in a haze of so-called "freedom."

        1. mega1 profile image76
          mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          hey, get over it and live your OWN life!

          1. Obscure Divine profile image53
            Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I was never on it?  I laughed at this crap, years ago.  LOL!  I was just bringing it up, to see what type of responses it would bring - even your lame replies was appreciated.  Ha-ha!

            1. mega1 profile image76
              mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

              glad to know it!  in future will refrain from replying to your inane threads!

              1. Obscure Divine profile image53
                Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                You're the inane one that admitted not too long ago, on another thread,  that you still have to use a thesaurus just to find new words.  Ha-ha!  How empty is that?  Such skills ya got there...  LOL!

      2. mega1 profile image76
        mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        come on, Tantrum - did you read what I was saying? I wasn't defending any religion! just our rights to have them if we want -   or scientology or any of that -  you know me by now, don't you?

        1. tantrum profile image61
          tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Scientology is not a religion. It's a Sect

          1. mega1 profile image76
            mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            hahahaha

            1. tantrum profile image61
              tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              LOL!
              Are you a Scientologist ?

              1. mega1 profile image76
                mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                girl, you just don't read or listen do you?  I am not any of those things!  My philosophy (not a religion) is closest to buddha, but I don't WORSHIP!  I think its primitive and unevolved.

                1. tantrum profile image61
                  tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  Trying to put you on edge ! LOL
                  Sorry ! lol

                  1. mega1 profile image76
                    mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    didn't -  LMAO!

  4. profile image0
    cosetteposted 8 years ago

    i think beavers are kind of cute.

    otters too. and koalas. i wouldn't mind worshiping those little guys wink

    1. mega1 profile image76
      mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      also cute little pink little baby pigs!  also chicks!  kittens are definitely there - cats DESERVE our worship!  don't you agree?  You'd BETTER agree!

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        cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        hmm...it seems to me i heard of such a religion somewhere ... wink





        hee hee my bunny thinks i should worship her. and i DO winksmile

        1. mega1 profile image76
          mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I believe you should have a great golden bunny made and I will come and adore it!

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            cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this




            http://berenika.hr/images/uploads/golden_bunny_news.png

            "Do not worship any other bunny, for the golden BUNNY, whose name is Snickers, is a jealous bunny."

            "Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the BUNNY, O families of nations, ascribe to the BUNNY glory and strength, ascribe to the BUNNY the glory due his name. Bring an offering (preferably carrots) and come before him; worship the BUNNY in the splendor of his bunliness."


            (surely i will burn for this;)

            then again, if L. Ron Hubbard can do it, so can i big_smile

            1. Rod Marsden profile image74
              Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              I do believe the holy hand grenade can sort out your golden bunny no worries.

              1. Obscure Divine profile image53
                Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                I like this talk...  You throw the hand blasters while I come around the side with a bazooka!  We'll nail that bastard!  Ha-ha!

                1. Rod Marsden profile image74
                  Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  just so long as your bazooka is a holy bazooka you're on, Obscure Divine!

                  1. Obscure Divine profile image53
                    Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    Ha-ha!  Ya damn right!  I just polished it with "holy water" and I'm ready to kill some innocent bunnies!  I'm feeling a seasonal urge to put that Easter Bunny in a state of holy demise.  LOL!

    2. Obscure Divine profile image53
      Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Isn't there a religion out there that worships cows?  Just curious...

      1. WizardOfOz profile image59
        WizardOfOzposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Hindu

        1. Obscure Divine profile image53
          Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I thought of that, not long after I typed that question.  Don't they believe that life starts from the cycle of a cow; I don't really know the concept behind it?  Personally, when I think cow, I think Rib-Eye steak!  Yummy!  tongue

  5. mega1 profile image76
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    I know what christianity has done to some people, but I admit I don't know much about scientology -  its all doodoo to me!

    1. Obscure Divine profile image53
      Obscure Divineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nobody accused you of being knowledgeable of the subject at hand; duh!  LOL!  big_smile

  6. Rod Marsden profile image74
    Rod Marsdenposted 8 years ago

    From what I gather Hubbard wrote a science fiction story then wondered what would happen if he tried out some of the ideas he put down in his fictional writing. Thus Scientology was born.

    They've tried it on in Australia but it seems to work best in the USA.

    Not everyone agrees that it is a proper religion. A bank in Germany thought it was a great con and the people running it criminals. This bank refused to deal with representatives of Scientology. Basically they said that they don't deal with money from swindlers and other criminals. Scientology representatives took the bank to court over the issue. The Scientology people lost. Hence I would say that to this day the German government doesn't recognize Scientology as a respectable religion or any kind of religion worthy of a banker's time for that matter.

 
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