Blog post for apologetics
February 20, 2018
This week I’m really excited to talk about my interview with an acquaintance of mine, who used to be part of a scientology church in Vancouver. He didn’t want me to share his name on my blog, but has allowed me to share his thoughts and beliefs about his time there. This interview was over the phone but he told me about the 5 years in the church he experienced, and said he came to realize that as happy as the religion sounded, it was hard to follow along with the “perfect” human aspect.
I had very little knowledge of scientology before this so I asked him if scientologist believed in God or a god? Summarizing what he said, it came down to knowledge. Scientologist believe that faith is an important aspect of life as people who have faith have higher standards of life, ethics and values, but scientology does not rely on faith alone. Rather, faith and spirituality are an aspect of knowledge that is learned and taught to improve the ultimate survival of man.
To this I was very surprised. I did not realize that scientology had a faith aspect to it and that it would be such a big factor in their religion. Using facts and statistics, scientologists are able to decide and realize that people who believe in a supreme and infinite being are better off and are more likely to be a value to society. Reflecting on this now I realize that because we do rely on sola fide in many Christian circles that we need to take this faith more seriously. I remember taking a spiritual gifts test when I was younger and I ranking highest in faith and thinking it was a lame option. Today I realized that it is something I take for granted and should be more aware of in my own life.
After we chatted for a while about scientology itself, I asked him if he remembered if and how scientologists were able to reach God? Again, he spoke of knowledge, but he expanded into the infinite realm and the idea that humans are immortal and have unlimited ability. The only problem is that we don’t know how to access immortality or unlimited ability. The idea of scientology is to know how to know, and with unlimited ability we would have to the power and knowledge to extend our lives and live indefinitely and become the supreme being that would be god.
I was surprised again by the explanation, but it was cool to understand what goes on in the mind of a scientologists. After the reading in this course I feel like that it’s not necessarily wrong in practice, but misguided in a lifestyle and belief. Knowledge and science are not an enemy of Christianity, but could be used to help enforce the idea of a supreme being and if even scientologist believe that faith in a supreme being is good, then maybe that’s why God designed it that way?