Scientology and Moonies
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
Sun Myung Moon died recently at the age of 92. He was born in 1920 and was the founder of the Unification Church. He claimed that Jesus appeared to him while in prayer at the age of 16 to finish God's work. In 1946 he wrote the Divine Principle and in 1957 the Explanation of the Divine Principle. The Divine Principle is regarded as their scripture (or bible). Besides his many business enterprises, he had about 15 children.
Recently we heard about the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes. Allegedly it was because she feared that the Scientology organisation will indoctrinate their daughter. The Scientology movement was begun by L Ron Hubbard. In 1949 he said, 'Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start a religion.' In 1950 he published Dianetics: A Modern Science of Mental Health. In 1954 he established the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles. Though they claim to have no dogma concerning God, they do have a 'system' designed to free them from trauma. It is called The Bridge to Total Freedom.
What is interesting in both cases is that they claim to have millions of followers. Especially the Moon organisation is worth billions. What one cannot determine so easily is how many of their followers could pass as disciples of Jesus. Logically if one compares the three books, the Bible, the Divine Principle and Hubbard's books on Dianetics, one thing is clear. The Bible is far superior for the following reasons: it is a compilation of about 66 books by 40 different writers who all wrote about God and the establishing of His Kingdom on earth. Thus the introduction of Genesis 1:1 is that God created the heavens and the earth (which means everything that is not man made).
It establishes the character of the Bible books. They all include continual references to historical times, places and people (the results of God's creative activities).
None of the literature of Sun Myung Moon or L Ron Hubbard have that. Their books were written by one man and have a recent origin, compared to the Bible. Its latest book was completed 2000 years ago. God promised Abraham a country that would be his. Today many of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob live in Israel. Israel and its history is living testimony to the truth of the written account of Abraham's call and subsequent history. No other 'religious' book has it. We should be very careful to investigate before we just believe a book has a divine origin.