My cousin/bff and I occasionally joke about what kind of cult leader I would be. It’s a bit of an inside joke, but all religions actually start as cults. However, I wouldn’t be the first writer to do it. The Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard a fantasy/dystopian future writer.
I’ll admit that I’m not particularly religious and I have questions about most religions, but I have a ton of questions regarding Scientology, not based on the religion itself so much as if it realizes what the founder of their religion really believed.
For starters, L. Ron Hubbard was a devotee of Aleister Crowley renowned for his proclamation that he was a wizard of black magic. Which is why mysticism is heavily embedded into the roots of Scientology along with a touch of belief in black magic.
On top of that, L. Ron Hubbard believed he was the antichrist. Let that sink in. He didn’t believe the antichrist was coming to devour the world, he believed he was the antichrist. This means Hubbard founded a religion based on Christian ideals while believing he was the antichrist come to earth to bring about the end of days. So does that make Scientology inherently evil? I haven’t figured out the answer to that yet… Also, doesn’t that mean that Scientology is actually a form of Satanism that believes in God since the antichrist is the antithesis of Christ?
Paradoxically, is the fact that L. Ron Hubbard did manage to successfully set up the Church of Scientology which has since recruited some heavy hitting members to make it look good sort of proof that L. Ron Hubbard was the antichrist? It’s hard to prove a negative, which is why it will always be harder to prove the Loch Ness Monster doesn’t exist as opposed to proving that it does (another paradox that kinda forces the brain to spin in backwards circles while attempting to remember your name).
Since I can’t prove that L. Ron Hubbard wasn’t the antichrist and I can’t prove that he was, I have to look at the available evidence that Scientology, which is kind of a strange religion that dabbles in black magic, mysticism, and refuses to accept that mental illness should be treated could become commonplace and mainstream in today’s society. Now, if you ask a Scientologist about this, they will tell you that Hubbard was obviously on the right path and had help from those in a higher position than measly mortals could fathom to make Scientology the popular religion it is today.
I don’t have answers to my questions, not even looking at them from a standpoint of faith helps me wrap my mind around the roots of Scientology or its acceptance into modern mainstream religion. Because most religions that are set up by people proclaiming to be the antichrist tend to remain small cults for their entire existence. So why is Scientology different?