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Can you be a Christian Scientologist?

By December 12, 2010

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A recent interview with Juliette Lewis briefly discusses the fact that she is both a Christian and a Scientologist.

Scientology does not address the concept of deities at most levels.  There have been implications that at the very highest levels, there are discussions of various religious figures (including Jesus) that would be incompatible with traditional beliefs of such figures, but those teachings, even if they exist, are only available to a very few members of the Church of Scientology.

Just because we call something a religion doesn't mean it's contrary to every other religion.  Plenty of religions can get along with other religions.  It all depends upon the core beliefs of the religions in question.

Now, Scientology does teach reincarnation.  That's how we end up with so many engrams dragging us down.  Does Lewis believe in reincarnation?  I have no idea.  If she doesn't, then again there's no problem with Christianity.  If she does, she has a rather liberal view of Christianity, although that certainly doesn't make her unique.  I know Christians who believe that God will save everyone, regardless of their religion.  That's not traditionally Christian either.

Comments
December 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(1) Louanne says:

Catherine, thank you for this informative article! Scientologists do celebrate Christmas one way or the other, be it due to their Christian roots or because Christmas has become a tradition of peaceful and happy gatherings with friends and family.

The Church puts it like this:

“No matter their religious or cultural tradition, Scientologists observe the holidays in a manner similar to the members of all other religions: they gather with their loved ones, whether they observe Christmas, Chanukah, Yule or Kwanzaa, enjoying the warmth of friends and family and celebrating the joy and love of the season.

No matter their religious or cultural tradition, Scientologists embody the spirit of the season as expressed in the universal message, “Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men.”

Scientologists live by a code which includes: “To use the best I know of Scientology to the best of my ability to help my family, friends, groups and the world.” During the holiday season, Scientologists are especially active in this respect, volunteering in a wide range of endeavors to improve the lives of individuals and the community and bring joy to those who may need assistance.”

(Scientology Christmas FAQ: http://www.scientologynews.org/faq/scientology-christmas-and-holiday-season.html)

December 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm
(2) Tad says:

Catherine – of course you can be a “Christian Scientologist”. Same way you can be a “christian mountain climber” or a “doctor and a Scientologist”. A Scientologist is someone who applies Scientology to their life to improve conditions in it. That definition never prescribes that one then also “give up” all other beliefs or some such.

If you are Christian, but you find that tenets of Scientology work well for you, then great! I know plenty of people in this boat, and also plenty of people who are buddhist and Scientologist, Muslim and Scientologist, etc.

December 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(3) VanillaCoffee says:

Scientology is practical knowledge – it is a way for you to effectively deal with the challenges of life, work, school, family and relationships. I don’t see why someone can’t be a Christian and a Scientologist at the same time — the two wouldn’t necessarily conflict. One can apply a practical philosophy and still believe in Jesus Christ. I think such a combination would make for an individual that is spiritual, religious, philosophical and practical.

December 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm
(4) Amber Grace says:

Scientology has helped improve my daily life in practical ways; from interpersonal communication to finding a higher degree of self confidence. Coming from a Christian background, this has helped me tremendously in growing more closely to my parish community and recommend it to anyone seeking to improve their quality of life.

December 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(5) Blayze Kohime says:

It is becoming more and more common to ‘mix and match’ religions. I think this is beautiful, because it means someone has looked around at many various religions and chosen the parts that apply to them. Furthermore, it makes it far more difficult for a person to develop ‘extreme’ views in any one religion.

December 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm
(6) Bob says:

I’ve nothing against Christianity, people who follow Christianity do live satisfactory and wonderful lives, and they’re happy. People who believe in Scientology however are falling for the so-called faith developed by an organization known to have abused its own members and deceive the public.

December 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm
(7) LJRich says:

I don’t think we really need to go that far with labels, does anyone else? A Christian Scientologist? What’s the need for that? According to the major Scientologists, you either follow what Hubbard wrote, or you do not follow real Scientology. If that’s the case, I would think that would kind of nix the Christian part, since Hubbard wrote about nothing that would be seen as Christian. As well as an entire gaggle of other things.

I think we’re getting a bit ridiculous with the PC labels and inclusion quite frankly. According to the newest labels Christians can be darned near anything they want to be, at the expense of their dogma. Kind of defeats the purpose of religion, in my opinion.

December 14, 2010 at 5:57 am
(8) nigel foster says:

If Scientology is not concerned with God or a Prime Cause it’s neither religion nor even philosophy. If anything it’s a form of psychology, albeit one that seems to have borrowed from Buddhism and Madam Blavatsky. Re-incarnation – assuming an energy matrix corresponding to ‘soul’ – is not incompatible with quantum mechanics. There again, few things are.
My own unease with Scientology derives from how ‘klutzy’ it is, lacking any elegance or clarity of thought; the ‘Oxford’ personality test, designed to make anyone appear in desperate need of help; a vitriolic response to criticism; its homophobia; financial structure; and hierarchy. Mmmm. Come to think of it, maybe Scientology is a religion after all. . .

December 14, 2010 at 11:43 am
(9) djdiaz says:

This is a pretty accurate analysis, well done! As Scientology is non-denominational, there is nothing in Scientology that inherently prevents one from being a Scientologist and a follower of another religion. In fact, Scientology can often help clarify and reinforce the values and beliefs taught in another religion. One could easily be a Christian Scientologist, a Jewish Scientologist, a Muslim Scientologist, a Hindu Scientologist, a Buddhist Scientologist.

December 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(10) Multi-faceted says:

That’s a funny question. I was just at a Jewish Scientologist party the other day where they told about the reason for the Hanukkah season and why they do the lighting of the minora. That was something I didn’t know as a Christian.

But it was interesting that these were fully practicing, Jewish Scientologists.

And the dancing was great! :)

December 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm
(11) Scott Cook says:

I have been a methodist and a scientologist for over 20 years. My study Of scientology I feel has helped me be a better christian.

December 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(12) Cindy says:

A person’s concept of religion is so personal. I’m glad Juliette Lewis is allowed to her views without being harangued for it.

December 18, 2010 at 3:15 am
(13) Borsia says:

If you are going to be one kind of crazy why not go for a group rate.

December 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(14) Christian says:

Sure, one can certainly be a Christian Scientologist. No Problem! One can also be an African American member of the KKK too, right! It’s about the same thing.

Scientologys roots are satanic in origin. Hubbard had stated on more than one occasion that there IS NO CHRIST! But as long as you’ve got money and lots of it there is nothing that can prevent you from being a Christian Scientologist. Nothing except a lack of ignorance and stupidity.

For you Christian Scientologists in attendence, here’s a message for you from from the wonderful Founder of your organization:

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 (he) 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…. 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….

No doubt you are familiar with the Revelations section of the Bible where various events are predicted. Also mentioned is a brief period of time in which the arch-enemy of Christ, referred to as the anti-Christ, will reign and his opinions will have sway … this anti-Christ represents the forces of Lucifer (literally, the “light-bearer” or “light-bringer”), Lucifer being a mythical representation of the forces of enlightenment…. My mission could be said to fulfill the Biblical promise represented by this brief anti-Christ period.

– L. Ron Hubbard, Student Briefing, OT VIII Series I

December 19, 2010 at 6:18 am
(15) zeb says:

I see scientologist have flooded the article with misleading “good roads good weather” comments
no surprise Tad Reeves: Scientology Online propaganda minister you’ve been leading the charge to pump out the misinformation. an several stories recently.

Scientology isn’t compatible with Christianity. in any shape or form.

The will publish the claim they are, and say that they are. however it is far from the truth.

they have policy’s like Fair Game which is miles away from turning the other cheek, and Training Routine like TR-L that teach you how to LIE or tell acceptable truths. most if not all of Scientology’s doctrine goes against Christian values.

its a pay to play doctrine. you learn nothing of is core of beliefs until pay hundreds of thousands of dollars.

when you do learn about its core values ..its about Xenu and Volcanoes and other garbage. Hubbard slaps every Religion in the face..with his deluded writings..

and if you haven’t heard the news Scientology welcomes their new dianetics partners the “Nation of Islam” and Scientology gladly will take Louis Farrakhan followers money. when organizations like the Souther Poverty Law Center-or the Anti-Defamation League consider that group a “Hate Group”. and government agencies Like Homeland Security consider them suspect.

greed makes strange bedfellows.

June 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm
(16) Knowing says:

I don’t see how Scientologists can be christians if Hubbard himself claimed that Christ (who is central to Christian beliefs) was a reincarnation of Xenu, whom Scientologists view as an enemy.

October 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm
(17) TJ says:

Anyone who claims to be both is a liar or is not far enough up the bridge or is trying to bring you in. I was at flag before it was flag. I have no problem with the church. I think they do some great things. But to outright lie that you can be a Christian and be part of that church is a lie. Once again, I have no problem with Scientology. There are many, many great people who have given their lives to trying in to make things according to what they believe make the world a better place. To even in any way say that you can believe in GOD and be part of this is an outright lie.

March 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm
(18) a200189 says:

I’ve said that least 200189 times. SCK was here

November 2, 2013 at 1:02 am
(19) Abbie says:

I beleive that many people have a incorrect idea of what a Christian is.
A Chrisitan is not just someone who goes to a “Christian” church, but a Christian is one who has accepted Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior and as the Son of tht One True and Living God, and has repented of his/her sins and tries to live for Jesus in all ways and not repeat the sins or add new ones.. Therfore, one cannot be a Christian Scientologist, because Scientology refutes the divinity of Jesus Christ and never really defines God. It teaches reincarnation rather than the Salvation promised by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross to redeem the sins of those who will repent and turn to Jesus for redemption and Salvation.

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