Scientology is not a religion but can one believe Hubbard’s claim that he was an anti Christ?
Catholic Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen may have proven that Hubbard was telling the truth.
Brilliant both spiritually and intellectually, Sheen held two hard earned doctorates; one in Philosophy and the other in Sacred Theology.
Doctorates that were, unlike those claimed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, real.
In light of the struggles facing the Catholic Church today, Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s words during his conference The Devil and the Diabolical showed a prophetic gift.
During this lecture, as Sheen discussed the three temptations of Christ he predicted that in the coming years The Church would also face the same temptation; the idea that theology is politics.
“…But in any case, it was the third temptation of Our Blessed Lord not to be concerned with the Divine but to be concerned only with the social and political order.”
Fulton Sheen expounded on this theme, the politicizing and secularism of the Spiritual, in more than one of his conferences. Sheen’s descriptions showed prescient insight into what was coming for The Church; a devolution from the spiritual to the worldly.
His words also reached further into society, predicting the erasure of the line between religion and cult.
In a sermon given in 1947, a mere 3 years before the publishing of Dianetics, Fulton J. Sheen said, “The second great truth to which the signs of the times portend is that we are definitely at the end of a non-religious era of civilization, which regarded religion as an addendum to life, a pious extra, a morale-builder for the individual but of no social relevance, an ambulance that took care of the wrecks of the social order until science reached a point where there would be no more wrecks; which called on God only as a defender of national ideals, or as a silent partner whose name was used by the firm to give respectability but who had nothing to say about how the business should be run.”
The end era to which Sheen referred had no stop date.
Given that the description so eerily encompasses the very essence of Scientology one might rightly assume that such an era is still slogging along towards its natural conclusion. Scientology’s membership is in the decline, it’s popularity wanes as it’s truth becomes harder and harder to hide.
L. Ron Hubbard took upon himself the mantle of an anti Christ.
“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
Archbishop Sheen noted that the image of a horned demon, red skinned and pointy tailed was not how Satan would appear to the world.
“…and certainly no devil we have ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect. How will he come in this new age to win followers to his religion?”
Sheen answers this with 12 identifying characteristics.
• He will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity, and plenty, not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves.
• He will write books on the new idea of God to suit the way people live. [He will] induce faith in astrology so as to make not the will but the stars responsible for our sins.
• He will explain guilt away psychologically as repressed sex, make men shrink in shame if their fellowmen say they are not broadminded and liberal.
• He will identify tolerance with indifference to right and wrong.
• He will foster more divorces under the disguise that another partner is “vital.” He will increase love for love and decrease love for persons.
• He will invoke religion to destroy religion.
• He will even speak of Christ and say that he was the greatest man who ever lived.
• His mission, he will say, will be to liberate men from the servitudes of superstition and Fascism, which he will never define.
• In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of freedom and equality, he will have one great secret which he will tell to no one; he will not believe in God. And because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect.
• He will set up a counter-Church, which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will be the mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the Church as the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, he will induce modern man, in his loneliness and frustration, to hunger more and more for membership in his community that will give man enlargement of purpose, without any need of personal amendment and without the admission of personal guilt. These are days in which the devil has been given a particularly long rope.
L. Ron Hubbard pathologically lied about every aspect of his life, but when held against this framework one thing cannot be ignored; his self-proclaimed anti Christ mission was real.
Even if his “church” is not.