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Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard described Scientology as "the Western Anglicized continuance of many earlier forms of wisdom", and cites the teachings of Jesus Christ among belief systems of those "earlier forms".[1] Jesus is recognized in Scientology as part of its "religious heritage,"[2] and "is seen as only one of many good teachers."[3]

Hubbard states in Volunteer Minister’s Handbook: "Man is basically good but he could not attain expression of this until now. Nobody but the individual could die for his own sins -- to arrange things otherwise was to keep man in chains."[4]

In Scientology, Jesus is classified as below the level of Operating Thetan,[5] and a "shade above" the condition of "Clear".[1]

Memory implants

In the 2008 book Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions, authors Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears write: "According to Scientology, Jesus is an "implant" forced upon a thetan about a million years ago",[6] Tony Ortega writes in a 1999 article in the Phoenix New Times that the Church of Scientology "believes Jesus Christ is a figment of the imagination."[7] Ortega writes that according to Scientology, Jesus was a false memory implanted into humans as a result of the Xenu space opera. When Ortega asked Church of Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw about this theology, she responded: "So what if we believe Jesus is a figment of the imagination?"[7][8]

Hubbard is quoted as stating that Christianity evolved from the "R6 Implant": "The man on the cross. There was no Christ! The Roman Catholic Church, through watching the dramatizations of people picked up some little fragments of R6."[9] On another occasion, Hubbard remarked that "there was undoubtedly a Christ" who achieved lasting fame due to the effect of an implant.[10]

Jesus in the Fishman affidavit

When Steven Fishman included descriptions of the Operating Thetan levels in a 1993 affidavit, it alleged that the OT VIII level included revelations from Hubbard that Jesus was hateful, ill-tempered, and a pederast:

"For those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance, the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred that belied the general message of love, understanding and other typical Marcab PR. You have only to look at the history his teachings inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biologic implanting."[11][12]

Scientologist views

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, actress Mimi Rogers explained how her identity as a Scientologist helped her with the role of "Sharon" in the 1991 psychological/religious drama film The Rapture.[13] "I don't, for example, have a Jesus Christ definition of God ... And I have no views on heaven or hell. To me they're alien concepts. If I were a practicing Christian or a Jew, with all the hang-ups of those religions, I don't think I could have done Sharon justice" said Rogers.[13]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rhodes, Ron; Lee Strobel (foreword) (2001). The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions: The Essential Guide to Their History, Their Doctrine, and Our Response. Zondervan. pp. 155, 164. ISBN 0310232171. 
  2. Hutson, Steven (2006). What They Never Taught You in Sunday School: A Fresh Look at Following Jesus. Tate Publishing, LLC. pp. 57. ISBN 1598863002. 
  3. Shellenberger, Susie (2005). One Year Devotions for Teens. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. pp. 189. ISBN 0842362029. 
  4. Ankerberg, John; John Weldon (1996). Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs. Harvest House Publishers. pp. Section: Beliefs Behind the “Seens” - A New Age Way of Seeing. http://www.simplechurchhappens.net/Resources/Books/Encyclopedia%20of%20New%20Age%20Beliefs%20-%20John%20Ankerberg%20&%20John%20Weldon.doc. 
  5. Urban, Hugh B. (June 2006). "Fair Game: Secrecy, Security, and the Church of Scientology in Cold War America". Journal of the American Academy of Religion (Oxford University Press) 74 (2): 356–389. 
  6. Driscoll, Mark; Gerry Breshears (2008). Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions. Good News Publishers. pp. 14, 183. ISBN 1581349750. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ortega, Tony (December 23, 1999). "Double Crossed:The Church of Scientology has a reputation for ruthlessly going after its enemies. Robert Cipriano claims Scientologists rewarded him for helping them do just that. Now he's turned on them". Phoenix New Times. www.phoenixnewtimes.com. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1999-12-23/news/double-crossed/full. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  8. Ortega, Tony (2008-05-16). "Scientology Reacts to the Voice". Runnin' Scared. The Village Voice. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2008/05/scientology_rea.php. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  9. Corydon, Bent; Brian Ambry (1992). L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?. Barricade Books. pp. 353. ISBN 0942637577. 
  10. Hubbard, L. Ron. Philadelphia Doctorate Courses. Lecture 24.
  11. Fishman, Steven (1993), Affidavit of Steven Fishman - Church of Scientology International v. Fishman and Geertz. (Case No 91-6426), citing "OT VIII Series I Confidential Student Briefing", California, USA: US District Court, Central District of California, pp. 129, http://www.xs4all.nl/~kspaink/fishman/ot8b.html 
  12. Fisher, Marc (August 19, 1995). "Church in Cyberspace: Its Sacred Writ Is on the Net. Its Lawyers Are on the Case". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/washingtonpost/lermaraid091995.html. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 Masullo, Robert A. (1991-12-22). "Mimi Rogers Finds Strength in "Rapture's" Heavy Role". Sacramento Bee: p. EN14. 

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