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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (June 26, 2005)      

         Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

In the past couple of weeks Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have been in the news a lot ... and so has Scientology.  All of this is okay and would not have gotten my attention except I glanced across and article where Tom Cruise was quoted making two statements that ... were wrong.  On the "Today Show" Tom said to Matt Lauer:  "Scientology is something that you don't understand.  It's like you could be a Christian and be a Scientologist."  Obviously Tom doesn't understand Christianity ... Christianity and Scientology are antagonistic to each other ... the only things they truly have in common is that both are "man-made" ... and both are religion.  Scientology is a religion ... although few people outside of Scientology would identify it as such ... but they went to court and won their right to call Scientology a religion and to get all the benefits that churches receive from the U.S. Government ... so it is a religion.

       The other statement that Tom made that caught my attention was:  "It is a religion.  Because it's dealing with the spirit.  You as a spiritual being ......"  This is not true ... Tom does not understand spirituality as compared to religion.  Religion "tells you how to live" ... spirituality "lets you live" ... there is a major difference.

      Scientology is rife with moral codes and sociological and psychological biases ... it even has its own Scientology-made vocabulary.  This is from a "Time Magazine" Special Report dated May 6, 1991:  Hubbard wrote one of Scientology's sacred texts, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, in 1950. In it he introduced a crude psychotherapeutic technique he called "auditing." He also created a simplified lie detector (called an "E-meter") that was designed to measure electrical changes In the skin while subjects discussed intimate details of their past. Hubbard argued that unhappiness sprang from mental aberrations (or "engrams") caused by early traumas. Counseling sessions with the E-meter, he claimed, could knock out the engrams, cure blindness and even improve a person's intelligence and appearance.

Hubbard kept adding steps, each more costly, for his followers to climb. In the 1960s the guru decreed that humans are made of clusters of spirits (or "thetans") who were banished to earth some 75 million years ago by a cruel galactic ruler named Xenu. Naturally, those thetans had to be audited. <>

Does it seem credible that a Christian would be a Scientologist?  Or, that this is a spiritual teaching?  When Lauer mentioned Cruise's earlier criticism of Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants, Cruise told the "Today" show host he didn't know what he was talking about.  "You don't know the history of psychiatry.  I do," Cruise said.

       The same "Time Magazine" Special report (May 6, 1991) contains this: 
Today the church invents costly new services with all the zeal of its founder. Scientology doctrine warns that even adherents who are "cleared" of engrams face grave spiritual dangers unless they are pushed to higher and more expensive levels. According to the church's latest price list, recruits -- "raw meat," as Hubbard called them -- take auditing sessions that cost as much as $1,000 an hour, or $12,500 for a 12 1/2-hour "intensive."

Psychiatrists say these sessions can produce a drugged-like, mind-controlled euphoria that keeps customers coming back for more.<>

     Tom Cruise is one of the fortunate Scientologists.  He is a celebrity that gives Scientology lots of "free advertising and publicity."  Therefore, Tom is probably not subject to the same "auditing" as "non-celebrity" Scientologists.  "Non-celebrity" Scientologists must go through a "Marriage Committee" in order to get married ... they can't just propose marriage in the "thrill of the moment" like Tom and know they will get married ... they must receive the committee's approval.  Would the committee approve the marriage of a "non-celebrity Scientologist" who is twice divorced and 46 years old seeking to marry a 26 year old?  Probably not ... but that won't be a problem for Tom.

      Scientology is a choice ... just like everything else in Life ... neither good or bad as Dr. Murphy states, "only thinking makes it so."  And I bless anyone and everyone who "chooses" Scientology to be their religion ... but at the same time, I believe it is wisdom to be aware of what it is that we are "choosing" to be a part of ... and I don't think Tom Cruise is a very good spokesperson for the "non-celebrity" who might be interested in Scientology.

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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