In early April, World Religion News published the “10 Things You Should Know About Scientology,” with key points brought up about the modern religion. The Nashville Church of Scientology is sharing this as a public service – here are a few things to know about the Scientology religion.
Nashville, TN, May 01, 2015 –(PR.com)– First: Scientology comes from the Latin Scio (“Knowing”) and Greek logos (“Study Of”). At its core, Scientology is literally the study of knowledge. The religion is embodied by knowing oneself as well as one’s family and friends, the world, life, the universe, the spirit, and God. It is the study of truth, drawing on 50,000 years of wisdom, mathematics, and nuclear physics to reach its profound conclusions. Scientology is a new kind of religion: Not just something you believe in but something you do, not merely posing questions but supplying answers. It provides practical solutions to real life problems: Relationships, work, parenting, creativity, self-respect, motivation, inspiration, and spirituality—helping people to understand each other as well as themselves.
Second: It’s represented by more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and groups across 184 nations, welcoming millions of new visitors to our sites each year. The worldwide community that comprises Scientology spans 193 languages, employment in 3,200 professions, and 2.8 million community volunteer hours annually. Scientology is a movement with grassroots groups starting up every 24 hours and new Churches and Missions opening on every continent, today growing faster than at any time in its history. In Nashville, the church has welcomed more members through its doors within the last five years than the twenty-five years prior. Hundreds in the Middle Tennessee region call this church home.
Third: L. Ron Hubbard founded the Scientology religion. He was a beloved friend and mentor and a singular visionary whose creation continues to change the world for the better. Smithsonian magazine last year recognized Mr. Hubbard as one of the 10 most influential religious figures in American history and one of the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time. In his celebrated 1965 essay “My Philosophy,” Mr. Hubbard offers, “The first principle of my own philosophy is that wisdom is meant for anyone who wishes to reach for it.” In keeping with this philosophy, Mr. Hubbard recorded and made available the full chronicle of his research and discoveries through more than 5,000 writings and 3,000 recorded lectures.
Fourth: Scientology has a concept of God, which is expressed as the Eighth Dynamic—the vision of an infinite existence. This is also identified as the Supreme Being. As the Eighth Dynamic, the Scientology concept of God rests at the very apex of universal survival. Unlike religions with Judeo-Christian origins, the Church of Scientology has no established dogma surrounding God that it imposes on its members. As with all of its tenets, Scientology does not ask individuals to accept anything on faith alone. Rather, as one’s level of spiritual awareness increases through participation in Scientology auditing and training, one attains his own certainty of every dynamic. Accordingly, only when the Seventh Dynamic (spiritual) is reached in its entirety will one discover and come to a full understanding of the Eighth Dynamic (infinity) and one’s relationship to the Supreme Being.
Fifth: Scientology postulates that nothing in Scientology is true for you unless you have observed it and experienced it personally – i.e., nothing in Scientology should be accepted just because the church says so. This concept is expressed in the essay “Personal Integrity,” in which L. Ron Hubbard observes, “What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that, you have lost everything.” Scientologists apply this principle in studying Scientology. In learning Scientology, students are not expected to memorize and parrot answers. Rather, they are prompted to understand and utilize its concepts and techniques and to conclude if they ring true for them – try them out, make them their own, apply them to their own lives or use them to enlighten and assist others.
Sixth: Scientology deems that man is an immortal spiritual being. His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime. His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized. In his famous essay “The Golden Dawn,” L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “For countless ages a goal of religion has been the salvage of the human soul. Man has tried by many practices to find the pathway to salvation. Man can save his soul. Like the bright cool dawn after a night of prison and of thunder, Man can taste that freedom sought so long… You are a spirit. You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free.”
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