Scientology is a famous form of “religion” that has been brought to the attention of many, especially over the past few years. Famous celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta are members of the church and are the reason this religion has become so popular. But what many people don’t realize is the impact the church has on regular members as well as celebrities themselves. This so-called “religion” is essentially a cult. Lately this has become a very talked about subject, there are shows as well as many articles about what happens behind closed doors of the church. This paper is meant to explain what Scientology is, my opinion on the subject, as well as how it has impacted members and ex-members.
What Is Scientology?
When deciding which religion is best for you, most people attend different types of churches or gatherings to get a sense of what each group is really about and if their beliefs correspond. Scientology isn’t one that you should just go visit with because you will never get out. Now, what actually is Scientology? According to scientology.org, “Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.” To clarify, it basically means that the end goal for scientologists is spiritual fulfillment which they gain from attending training sessions. That’s the only spiritual thing about this so-called “religion.” As a Christian, I believe that spiritual fulfillment doesn’t come from training sessions, it comes from having a personal relationship with God himself. Scientology isn’t personal.
Effects on Those Inside and Out
Leah Remini, an actress and former Scientologist, created a show called “Scientology and the Aftermath” which “gives a voice to victims of the Church of Scientology despite public attempts to discredit them” (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, n.d). Spanky Taylor, a former scientologist as well as former contact to John Travolta, shared her story about her time in the church. She mentioned that she “was sent to the “Rehabilitation Project Force,” which is basically, a “prison camp” for members who criticize the church” (Yahr, 2015). She explains the manual labor she was required to do and how she was separated from her daughter because “kids are seen as a distraction” (Yahr, 2015). Not only does this affect regular members in Scientology, it also affects celebrities, like John Travolta. Scientologists typically attend auditing session which were usually recorded, “when word had it that Travolta was threatening to leave, all the officials had do was go through all the notes from the auditing sessions to find secrets that Travolta had spilled and may not want getting out into the public” (Yahr, 2015). This is a perfect example of how manipulative the church is and how it will do anything to keep a “perfect” image.
Scientology as you can see is a whole mess of what some would call a “religion”. I think it’s a horrible group to get involved in. In this paper I have established how scientology is a path to spiritual fulfillment, my opinions on the subject, as well as how the church has affected those inside and out, like Spanky Taylor and John Travolta. It is essentially a cult that manipulates and punishes their members for speaking their minds and expressing their concerns.
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