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Scientology concept of man - Christian conception of man


1. Scientology's concept of man

2. Explanation of the words of the Scientological language

3. The Christians' image of man

4. Comparison

5. Bibliography

1. Scientology's concept of man

Scientologists believe the world is doomed. And only Scientology, or Lafayette Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, has found the only right way to save the world. This path consists of Scientology trainings and audits, as a member of Scientology.

According to Scientology, the earth must be redeemed, because in this way the state of the universe as a whole can be improved. So the Scientologists try to find a way to prevent the end of the world. The universe in which man lives is called "MEST universe" by L. Ron Hubbard. "MEST" stands for "matter", "energy", "space", "time" (time.) This "MEST universe" is the greatest hindrance for the human thetan. The thetan is the human mind. The human being consists of "body" (body), "mind" and the "thetan" (spirit-being). The "body" belongs to the MEST universe and is subject to the determinations of matter, energy, space and time . The "body" is the dwelling for the thetan. The thetan has accepted the body as spirit and leaves it again after its death, he will accept the body again in a later incarnation. The thetan is embodied in the space and time, matter and energy determined universe, but can free himself from it and leave the MEST universe behind. This world view is known philosophically from the Gnostic and Manichaean world and cosmos teachings of antiquity.

Hubbard derives the word thetan from the Greek. But one could also relate it to the English "thought", in which case the thetan would be called a mind. If it is related to the Greek expression “theta”, then it is a symbol for energy that is inherent in life or the thetan, which makes matter in the Mest universe mobile and changes it. So it is a kind of natural, creative energy of a thetan. And the thetan is the human being as a spirit being, the true human being, the person himself and not his body or his name and not the physical universe, not the mind of the human being or anything else, but what is conscious in the human being: being “Consciousness” The “body” is the dwelling of the thetan, who has an eternal past and an eternal future. The “mind” is the second part of human determination, is the thetan's tool with regard to the body. He is the mediator between mind (thetan) and body. The “mind” is divided into two parts. On the one hand in the "analytical mind" and on the other hand in the "reactive mind".

The “reactive mind” is the “negative” part. Everyone has such a “reactive mind” and this must first be eliminated before one can become “clear”. That means to be free from all burdens and impairments. Hubbard blames the “reactive mind” for all bad things. The "reactive mind" takes away people's musical ear, makes people stutter, causes mental suffering such as psychoses, neuroses, compulsions, repressions, etc. The "reactive mind" is the one that constantly threatens war that makes politics unreasonable who makes superiors hiss at their subordinates and who makes children cry for fear of the dark, said Hubbard in his book "Dianetics - The Guide to the Human Mind." He even claims that if there were a devil, he would have invented the "reactive mind". The bad memories that are stored in the "reactive mind" are what Hubbard calls "engrams." It has to be eliminated and so all possible diseases will be gone: "Empty the engram bank of this mind and arthritis will go away, myopia will improve, heart disease will recede, asthma will go away, the stomach will work properly - all ailments of this kind will recede, disappear and remain disappeared ”(L. Ron Hubbard, 1974, 73). Hubbard claims in his book that these theses are scientifically proven facts. He says that the “reactive mind” is the only source of the aberration (aberration = deviation from Scientology's predetermined behavioral pattern. “Aberrated” are all those who are not members of Scientology and do not do audits and trainings, people who have “engrams” .)

The “analytical mind”, on the other hand, is the “positive” part of the whole mind. He is on the "path" to "clearness". It is the part of the mind that consciously perceives and can also solve problems. The “analytical mind” frees the thetan so that the human being as spirit beings can achieve his correct, true existence. The way, i.e. the time in which one takes part in the auditing and training sessions, is what Hubbard calls "the bridge". Hubbard compares the "analytical mind" to a computer, but the "analytical mind" has more fantastic capabilities than any computer ever built and is infinitely more perfect. Hubbard claims that the "analytical mind" is in the frontal lobe and there are certain indications of that. The “analytical mind” is incapable of error. He never makes mistakes. Even if the person makes a mistake, this does not apply to the "analytical mind". Because a computer is just as good as the data it works with, and nothing better. Aberration thus arises due to the nature of the data that are offered to the “analytical mind” for calculation.

A kind of division of the world into two parts is also conceived here, analogous to Descartean division of the world into “res extensa”, the world outside, and “res cogitans”, the thinking being or the world inside. Both worlds came into contact with each other more or less by chance. So it is important to do everything possible to free these “res cogitans”. And when this liberates itself, there are two possibilities: Either it then still faces God in a kingdom of the spirit. Or it is no longer facing God, but as a spirit being itself is God. Here problems arise in the interpretation of Scientology. There are such and such views. Hubbard sometimes put it this way, sometimes differently: On one occasion he said that man is actually God when he lives as a thetan. On the other hand, he thinks that Scientology has nothing to do with the individual religions and their ideas about God. Thetan is not a religious term.

Scientology practice is taught in two main areas: psychological training and auditing. Both ways of practice are intended to enable survival by means of the so-called eight dynamics.

Survival here means:

1. with regard to survival for oneself, the urge to survive for oneself,
2. Survival in terms of offspring, i.e. sexuality,
3. survival in terms of the group,
4. Survival for all of humanity,
5. survival with a view to the existence of the whole organic life of plants and animals,
6. survival in terms of the existence of the physical universe,
7. Survival in terms of the existence of spiritual beings, the thetans
8. Survival in terms of existence as infinity.

When you reach this eighth dynamic, then as a thetan you are divine yourself. Is then an “Operating Thetan”. In practice, the ruin, the state of decay of a person must first be found in order to be able to offer him help (for a fee) in Scientology. To this end, newbies are asked to take a free personality test. The result of this test basically represents the negative state of the person and ends in a sales pitch for courses and books. The aim is to get people interested enough to buy and do something (books and courses.) The way to the thetan's salvation is obviously linked to economic preconditions. Mainly auditing training courses and books are sold. There are books for all sorts of subjects. People are so rigorously involved in this sales venture. The people there are made unfree and exploited in a certain way.

2. Explanation of the words of the Scientology language

According to Hubbard, the analytical mind is that part of the mind that remembers, consciously perceives and can also solve problems.

Auditing is a talk therapy developed by Hubbard. Auditing is officially presented as a religious practice in order not to come into conflict with the respective “quack” paragraphs. This “life confession”, a kind of brainwashing, is also used to listen to the student and can cause severe psychological damage, for example psychosis.

For the Hubbard disciples, the bridge is the very expensive route to the ultra-superman given by the “boss”

Clear is the state that supposedly lets people become master of space, time and matter.

Dynamics are the supposed eight driving forces of life found by Hubbard.

Engrams are mental images on the time track that must be erased during auditing.

OT Operating Thetan is the state that every Scientologist would like to achieve after paying a lot of money to the organization. Among other things, this state allows you to leave your body whenever you want.

The reactive mind, according to Hubbard, is that part of the mind that cannot be controlled by humans at will. He is said to be responsible for all those acts that plunge people into disaster.

Scientology is a cult organization that has put on the guise of an applied religious philosophy and is making millions of dollars worldwide. According to Hubbard's philosophy, theta is the soul - the energy that is inherent in life and also in the thetan.

Thetan is the spirit of the person, the person himself, and comes from the Greek symbol for thought - the letter T.

Training, also called TRs, are exercises that keep young Scientologists from thinking for themselves and, like auditing, cause a kind of brainwashing.

Time track is the record of all mental images and, according to Hubbard, goes back to earlier lives.

3. The Christians' image of man

In the priestly scripture:

The priestly scripture describes the creation of man in connection with the land animals. The togetherness of humans and animals is expressed. However, the peculiarity of man is emphasized: "And God said: Let us make man, an image that is and be equal" (Genesis 1, 26. Man is called the image of God (Genesis 1, 26f. This does not mean that God is to be represented in human form, but that man can only be understood from the perspective of God. Man's likeness to God does not consist in a quality, but in his relationship to God. This relationship is according to biblical understanding The statement about the “image” of God is supplemented by the abstract word “according to his resemblance.” This expresses a distancing of man from God.

The following statement is important: Man is created as man and woman. God stands outside of gender differentiation. God is not male or female. However, it belongs to the human being to be created as man and woman. A devaluation of sexuality is alien to biblical thinking, especially to the Old Testament. That man is created as man and woman is part of God's good creation.

The statement that man was created in the image of God becomes clear above all in the commission given to man: “And God blessed them and said to them: Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and make it for yourselves subordinate and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds under the sky and over the cattle and over all beasts that crawl on the earth ”(Genesis 1:28). Man is blessed by God and he is to inhabit the earth with his descendants. The commission given to man cannot be understood as arbitrary rule. Rather, man has to exercise this rulership in responsibility before God the Creator and for the good of creation.

After every work of creation it says “And God saw that it was good”, and at the end “God saw everything that he had made and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31) the world today will be glorified with all its injustices. Rather, it is about praising God above what He has created well. You can't tell from the world that it's good. Because there is much in the works of creation that appears incomprehensible, cruel or senseless to man. However, humans cannot see the whole picture. The story of creation emphasizes: the whole has meaning; for it comes from the Creator, and that is why it is good.

This means for humans: ... they are "released to the joy of being created and to the joy of creation without fear and doubt".

The priestly text of creation testifies to God who, through his creative word, calls the world and all life into existence. Man receives his inalienable dignity through his relationship with God; ruling over the earth gives him a special responsibility.

In the Yahwist text of creation:

In the Yahwist's account of creation, Genesis 2, 4b-25, it is assumed that an older account of human creation and a more recent account of world creation were worked together. The Yahwist concentrates the creation process on man. The other works of creation are grouped around him.

The Yahwist uses very powerful, sometimes massive ideas that are to be interpreted symbolically. “Yahweh made man out of earth from the field and blew the breath of life into his nose. And so man became a living being ”(Genesis 2: 7). In Hebrew, the first statement is a play on words: man is called“ adam ”, the earth is called“ adama ”. This means that humans belong together with the earth. It consists of elements of the earth. The second statement has to be connected with it: God breathes the breath of life into man. This makes man a living being. Both are characteristic for humans - the connection with the earth and you relationship with the life-creating power of God. The living space of the people is described as the "garden in Eden facing east" (Genesis 2:15). This garden is not to be understood as a land of milk and honey or paradise.

Because man receives a special commission: “And Yahweh took man and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). The priestly scriptures emphasize responsible rule over the world during the Yahwist puts the emphasis on building and preserving. This is the mandate of man in creation. In this context the text speaks of the two trees in the garden, the "tree of life" and the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" (Genesis 2:16). In Hebrew, "knowledge of good and evil" means knowledge of all. Man has a great deal of leeway in creation: You are allowed to eat from all trees in the garden ”(Genesis 2:16) On this background, the commandment is formulated not to eat from the tree of knowledge. The tree of knowledge stands for the limit set for man. It belongs to the creature of man to respect the limits set for him by the Creator. Animals are intended to help people. It is clearly emphasized that humans give names to animals. In this way the meaning of language becomes clear, which distinguishes man from other creatures. Thus he perceives the independence that was given to him by the Creator. This is where his mission to shape the world is realized.

Woman is created by Yahweh because animals are not the help man needs. (Genesis 2: 21-25.) That the woman is from a man's rib is again to be interpreted symbolically. The togetherness of man and woman is expressed in Hebrew through a play on words: the man is called "ish" and the woman is "isha". The woman is not subordinate to the man. It is said of the woman that she is "a counterpart who corresponds to him (the man)".

In the Psalms and the prophetic scriptures:

Man is not a meaningless speck of dust in the immeasurable universe, but is important before God the Creator. God thinks of him, he takes care of him.The human being is honored with a special dignity; he is "made little lower than God" (Ps 8: 6). This is the basis of the commission given to man - the responsible rulership over creation (Ps 8: 7-9). Man's life is manifold connected with the life of the other creatures (Ps 104, 14f.23.)

Immortality of man

“Immortality of man” does not mean that souls go back into their bodies, but that man himself will continue to live; not by his own power, but because he is known and loved by God in a way that he can no longer perish. The essence of man, the person, remains; that which has matured in this earthly existence of corporeal spirituality and thoroughly spiritualized corporeality persists in a different way. It persists because it lives in God's memory.

Sin and Suffering:

Talk of sin plays a fundamental role in the biblical message. “Sin” in the Bible means the separation of man from God. This turning away from God is the cause of all disturbance in human community.

Much suffering is caused by doing wrong. But there is also suffering that is related to human finiteness, e.g. illness and death. The reality of sin and suffering comes up in many biblical texts.

In the Yahwist narrative, the snake is not something of an embodiment of evil, but the form of the snake merely expresses: Evil, as it were, approaches people from outside; and yet it is man himself who consents to evil. The Bible does not explain evil, it gives no cause to which it is due; rather, it leaves the secret of evil standing. Because man has freedom. He can separate himself from God and turn to evil. The "tree of knowledge" is a symbol for the limit that God has set for man, yet man has a lot of leeway. Sin is wanting to be like God. That means wanting to know everything. There is such a danger that people will exceed the limit set for them.

Sin is an act for which man is responsible. For man willingly turns himself away from God; he closes himself off from himself and his fellow human beings.

4. Comparison

The difference between Scientology's concept of man and that of Christians is that Scientology sees God in man when this operating thetan has become, or this person is then God, while with Christians man can never be God. Man is only the image, image of God. He is distant from God. Above all, the Christians believe in God, which the Scientologists do not or God does not appear in their "religion". One reason Scientology wants to be officially recognized as a church is that all “clergymen” then have special privileges including tax and housing benefits. Sometimes Scientologists refer to the Bible, but they reject the central Christian demand for forgiveness.

In Christianity man is redeemed through the work of Jesus Christ and the grace of God, while in Scientology he is redeemed 'from within' through right knowledge, thought and action. In addition, Scientology accuses the Church of having kept people in ignorance.

5. Bibliography

Baumgartner, Hans Michael: The Image of Man in Scientology, in: Valentin, Friederike and Knaup, Horand (ed.), Scientology - The Reach for Power and Money, original edition, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1992

Hubbard, L. Ron: Dianetics - A Guide to the Human Mind, Copenhagen, 1974

Kruhöffer, Gerald: Basics of Faith - A Biblical-Theological Guide, Volume 1, Göttingen, 1989

Ratzinger, Joseph: Introduction to Christianity, 3rd edition, Munich, 1977

Steiden, Heinrich P. and Hamernik, Christine: Einstein's false heirs - The uncanny power and magic of Dianetics and Scientology, 1st edition, Vienna, 1992

Valentin, Friederike: Scientology and Religion, in: Valentin, Friederike and Knaup, Horand (ed.), Scientology - The Reach for Power and Money, original edition, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1992

New cultural movement and worldview scene 2-working aid for the communities in the diocese of Aachen, 1st edition, page 220

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