Scientology

Okey doke! I have conducted my research on Scientology and here are my findings.

 

Scientology was developed by L. Ron Hubbard who was a science fiction writer. The whole Scientology religion is based on finding your true self and becoming a better human being. Hubbard developed a psychotherapy system called “Dianetics”. Dianetics is supposed to free you from stress and all mental constraints. But it does not free you from incidents that have scarred you for life (Sexual Abuse etc..). It only helps you to deal with these kinds of events. They do this by way of a process called “Auditing”. Auditing is like counselling. It takes you back through painful events in your life and helps you to be freed from the stress and pain they have caused you so you can improve as a human being. The Councillor/Auditor asks you specific questions and writes down your answers. Everything you say is kept in your confidential file. During the session you are hooked up to a E-meter. The E-meter helps locate engrams. Engrams are “mental images which is a recording of an experience containing pain, unconsciousness and a real or fancied threat to survival”. The whole process of Auditing is for you to get rid of your “Engrams”.

 

It costs nothing to join Scientology but, the courses they offer are very expensive. The courses are all linked to “The Bridge to Total Freedom”. You start at the bottom of the bridge and must work your way up. Each member is hopeful to cross the bridge to total freedom. This is where you are free of all your engrams. Members are required to make donations for study courses and auditing as they move up the Bridge, the amounts increasing as higher levels are reached. Participation in higher-level courses on the Bridge may cost several thousand and Scientologists usually move up the Bridge at a rate governed by their income.

 

According to Scientology, the founder of the religion is Xenu. 75 million years ago, Xenu is said to have brought billions of his people to Earth in a spacecraft, piled them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs. Scientologists believe the essences of these many people remained, and that they form around people in modern times. The whole Xenu story is said to be kept a secret in the Church of Scientology and only revealed to members who have donated large amounts of money and completed the courses. Before a person is given the information about Xenu, they must sign an agreement promising to keep what they hear a secret. Members at the lower levels of Scientology don’t hear much about Xenu. It’s only as you move up the ranks of Scientology do you learn about Xenu. When I was doing my research I found that many of the hierarchy of Scientology had different answers when asked about Xenu. One of them called it lies and another agreed that Xenu plays a part in Scientology.

 

In my opinion, Scientology is not a religion, it is a cult. It is a brainwashing system. It brainwashes people and gets them to pay more money for these courses. Once they pay and complete the first course, you will feel obliged and encouraged to keep going and pay for more. Also the Church of Scientology has everything about your life on your file and can easily do some serious damaged to your life with that information, depending how much you revealed during your auditing sessions. The only reason Scientology is called a religion is so it can get tax exemptions. I can’t get my head around how people believe this kind of stuff. It baffles me to even think about it. At the start of my research I knew very little of Scientology. The only thing I knew was that Tom Cruise & John Travolta were involved in it. Though I may not agree with their beliefs, I do respect them. There is probably a lot more to Scientology than I have looked at. But I’ll leave that research up to you. I’ve seen enough. Thanks for reading my Blog. I hope you have learned something you never knew. If I am incorrect about anything I’ve written please do notify me and I’ll change it. The next religion I shall be delving into is the Mormons!

 

Steve

Let The Research Begin!

I’ve decided to set myself a task. The task is to do research on a number of Christian religions. I will be looking at a select few of Churches. I plan to take a look at Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists and a few more. I will also take a look at Scientology. I lately took a brief look at Scientology and I plan to take a more detailed look at it. It’s a strange church and has a lot of question marks over it in my view. I will be examining all I can about the churches I select. I aim to discover what they truly believe in. As soon as I feel I’ve done enough research I will post my reactions. I have 1 week off school so I hope to get a bit of research in during my free time. This should be a fun and intriguing challenge. Hopefully, I will learn a lot and benefit from this.

Awhile back I found a Youtube Channel belonging to the Restored Church of God. I began watching their videos. I found their videos ,which are presented by David C. Pack, to be helpful and interesting. I would recommend taking a look at them. Here is a link.  http://www.youtube.com/user/RestoredCOG

Well I guess that’s all from me. I might start my research tomorrow. I will take a look at either Scientology or Mormons first.

Steve

The Presidential Election

The time has come to elect someone to replace Mary McAleese as President of Ireland. Personally, I feel we should just leave Mary in the job but that can’t happen. I have been paying close attention to this election. I’ve watched all the television debates, most of which were boring as hell and not sticking to the issue of the presidency. I know I don’t have a vote but, as a citizen of the Republic of Ireland I feel it is important for me to know what’s going on in our little country.

This year we have 7 candidates running. It is the highest number of candidates to run for the job. Here are the candidates:

Mary Davis, social entrepreneur, disability rights campaigner and best known as organiser of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland, was nominated by local Councils.

Seán Gallagher, entrepreneur, panellist on the Dragons’ Den television programme and former member of the Fianna Fáil National Executive, was nominated by local Councils.

Michael D. Higgins, former Minister and TD was selected by the Labour Party.

Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland was selected by Sinn Féin, and received enough support from independent TDs to be nominated. He is a former member of the IRA.

Gay Mitchell, MEP and former TD was selected by Fine Gael.

David Norris, Senator, scholar and civil rights campaigner, was nominated by local Councils.

Dana Rosemary Scallon, former MEP and won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest. She was nominated by local Councils.

The Presidential campaign has been a right dirty and controversial one with all the secrets of the candidates been brought out into the open. Martin McGuinness’ IRA past and David Norris’  seven letters he sent to the Israeli authorities seeking clemency for his former partner after he was convicted of the statutory rape of a young boy are just some of the sagas that have rigged this election.

From watching all the debates and reading everything about each candidate, I have come to the conclusion that none of them are fully worthy of the presidency. There is something wrong about them all. They all lack the secret ingredient. We have Mary Davis who says she is 100% independent and always has been. She also says she has no political party connections, yet she served on over 20 boards and was appointed by 2 different governments to serve on them. Plus she is an extremely unlikable person and talks waffle constantly! Dana is a very stubborn person. She has tried to get elected before and failed. It is clear from the presidential poles that she is not going to get the job. She has only managed on average to get 4% on the poles. Gay Mitchell is running for Fine Gael and is a boring kinda guy. I believe that only independents should get the role of presidency. The same can be said for Michael D.Higgins. He is running for Labour. I’m anti-Labour. I think they are a horrible party and their policies don’t add up. Martin McGuinness is running for Sinn Fein and is also a former member of the IRA. I don’t think he should get the job because he was a member of a terrorist organisation. Seán Gallagher is a very successful entrepreneur and has been a member of the Fianna Fáil National Executive. He only resigned from Fianna Fáil in January and it is said he only resigned because Fianna Fáil said they won’t be running a candidate. And finally David Norris. He is a scholar and civil rights campaigner. He played a key part of the overthrowing of the the anti-homosexuality law. Sadly he has too much controversy attached to him to become president.

If I did have the right to vote on the 27th of October, my vote would go to Seán Gallagher for the simple reason that he is an independent and is a well liked person. His background isn’t as bad as the rest of the cabbages that are running.

Steve

It’s Time To Start Blogging!

Alright, first things first, Hey! My name is Stephen! I have finally created a blog. I used have one on Blogspot but I only ever updated it twice. I had heard that WordPress was way better and boy was that correct. I find WordPress a lot easier to use and more interesting unlike Blogspot. DAMN YOU BLOGSPOT!

It’s going to be a fun experience having a blog. I do hope to update this as often as possible. I won’t be writing a daily blog like most. I don’t have the time or commitment for that yet. Hopefully in the future I’ll reach that sort of level. I’d like the blog to help me improve my English also. Having this blog may beneficial. I’m not sure yet what I’ll talk about but I’m sure I’ll think of something. I’ll post fun videos and stuff like also.

Anywhoo, that’s all from me for the moment. I will write another blog soon!

Steve