As I sit here, thumbing thru my ancient copy of Webster’s , New World Dictionary,
gazing at its microscopic print, with the help of magnifying eye-glassses, I note
that once upon a time there was a defintion of religion that was quite meaningful.
Now days, at least in the USA it is possible to call just about anything a religion
and get away with it —and enjoy, under the first amendment to the US’s constitution )
frecdom challenges by the government. The main weapon of the government is
the ability to grant or deny tax exempt status.
My dictionary definitions of religion as taken from the Greek and later Latin languages:
Legio from the Latin means reverence for the Gods.
Came to mean ..” A belief in a divine or super human power or powers, to be obeyed
and worshipped as the creator (s) and ruler (s) of the Universe.
Many of what are called the ” major religions ” follow in that track and are based
in belief, and worship ( a reverence or devoiotion for a god /deity )..
When Hubbard invented a religion and founded a church, please note that
it had no God, and no services of reverence or devotion to a Deity.
and little or no resemblamce to any other religion.
Hubbards Church came into being to solve two problems.
First to make it legal for Scientology Ministers to practice Dianetics and Scientlogy
wirhout running afoul of laws that prohibit non-professional therapists
and counsellors from practicing , with out being licensed by a state to do.
Second was to gain Tax exempt status, making it easier to get customers
as well as get away with using the church for personal financial enurement.( enrichment )
( meaning miss-use of monies collected by donation )
That is the story , from its beginnings in 1954 to the present 2013– resulting
in something called the Church of the Last Chance .
In 1965 Ron declared that Scientology is person kinds first chance in trillions of
years for total freedom —and our Last Chance —- if we don’t take advantage
of his religion—which happens to be (you’ve guessed what’s coming) the one and only
way to guarantee something called your eternity.
The idea that there may be something called a soul or spirit does not connotate
or suggest a religion— nor does the notion of re-incarnation .
Hubbard thu out his earlier books and lectures took to task religions , in,general,
as simply a way to entrap people into believing ideas that kept them in very low
tones as they struggled to please a god or gods so as to ensure they would not
end up in some sort of hell. Religions that preached the idea of sin with a long
list of sins that might endanger the hope of a happy future after death.
If you are interested in what Scientology really is, please read the following.
The axioms of Scientology
The logics and the pre -logics
Nowhere in the basics of the subject will you find anything having to do with religion.