Tom Cruise follows it. Enough said. This religion must be crazy. Article over.
Okay, although the mere fact that Tom Cruise follows Scientology would convince most of the sheer craziness of the religion, there are many other factors that contribute to this belief.
1. The founder, L. Ronald Hubbard, is quoted, saying “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, start a religion.”
Hubbard, who got his start as a science fiction novelist, said this in 1948 while addressing an audience during the Eastern Science Fiction Association. Although this seems too ridiculous to believe, it was in fact recorded in an affidavit. Perhaps most followers of Scientology have never heard this quote. If they had, I find it hard to believe that this faith would have such a following (currently, approximately eight million).
2. Second crazy quote from Hubbard— “The only way you control people is to lie to them. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you control anybody is to lie to them.”
Again, too out there to be true, right? Wrong. This was said in Hubbard’s lecture titled “Off the Time Track” in 1952 and later quoted in the Journal of Scientology and the Technical Volumes of Dianetics and Scientology.
3. Tom Cruise follows it.
4. Scientologists must pay money to advance to different levels within the religion. With each level, a new area of knowledge about the religion is revealed to the follower. Operating Level III, however, is where you find truth.
At OT III, you find out about Xenu, the evil alien ruler. He killed millions of aliens, the Thetans, by kidnapping them from their home planets and dropping them into volcanos. The souls of these Thetans were captured, brainwashed and released, and became attached to our ancestors. It is those Thetan souls that cause the physical and mental illnesses present today. If you want to rid yourself of these alien souls, thus releasing and curing yourself of all physical and mental ailments, you must be audited.
Audits cost between $200-$750 for beginner sessions and upwards of $9,000 for advanced sessions. (Author note: Since I have not paid thousands of dollars to reach OT III, my source for this is the Internet. However, this has been verified by multiple sources).
5. With the money it takes to move up in Scientology, it is no surprise that those following this religion–specifically, celebrities– come from money. So when celebrities leave Scientology and speak out about it, we have reason to listen.
Film director and screenwriter Paul Haggis left Scientology in October 2009 after being an active member for 34 years. “I was in a cult for 34 years. Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t,” Haggis said to US Weekly.
G.I. Jane actor Jason Beghe left the church after 13 years in 2007. “Scientology is destructive and a rip-off. It’s very, very dangerous for your spiritual, psychological, mental, emotional health and evolution. I think it stunts your evolution. If Scientology is real, then something’s f—ed up,” Beghe said.
If individuals who name their kids “Apple” and “Blue Ivy” say this religion is crazy, then it’s crazy.
7. Tom Cruise follows it.
Despite all the evidence I have presented regarding Scientology, I must stop and think about the core beliefs of Christianity.
1. A man rose from the dead.
2. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate things but are actually one.
3. We eat his body and drink his blood on a monthly, or even weekly, basis.
4. God became man.
5. A virgin gave birth.
Perhaps through this lens, Scientology does not seem so crazy after all. Maybe the crazy part is just how desperate humankind is to believe in something, anything.