Is Scientology Expensive?

October 12, 2007 at 7:43 pm 9 comments

A person who donates for auditing receives one-to-one personal and effective assistance to solve problems in life, to communicate more freely with others and to handle the upsets of life preventing his true spiritual freedom. Having achieved these lower levels a parishioner moves on to more advanced levels on which he is literally seeking immortality, which is priceless.An entire team of Scientology staff members is required to deliver auditing, which is always individual, and/or training to a parishioner. Compare this to a church with a single priest or minister who delivers a single sermon to a congregation of perhaps 1,000 and the difference starts to become apparent. It would take about 650 ministers just to audit 2,000 Scientologists (one auditor can counsel three parishioners per day with some administrative assistance), and this does not account for all other staff who provide the services necessary for the Church itself to function.

The training delivered by Churches of Scientology could be compared to taking a course in a school or similar facility. Four years at a typical university would cost between $30,000 and $40,000; four years at a top university would run between $80,000 and $90,000 or even more. And those figures do not include additional costs such as books and supplies.

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  • 1. Daz  |  June 2, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Yes but $80000-90000 for just 4 years in a RELIGION is rather expensive.

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    • 2. websk8er  |  February 27, 2009 at 11:52 pm

      The truth is, there are many free services and many very inexpensive services ($35.00 range). You can also start by reading a book written by L. Ron Hubbard (the recommended route for beginners anyway) which is also very inexpensive or pick one up in your local library. I can assure you, it’s not about the money. Hope this helps…:)

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  • 3. Ashley  |  December 8, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    HAHAHA. I knew this religion was out for something. I thought it sounded interesting. Apparantly they charge out the wazoo for their “services” which resemble psychology A LOT. If you need spiritual guidance and don’t have much money, this is not the place for you. I’m agnostic and am trying to find a religion, and when I heard they were CHARGING for auditing, which is the same thing as going to a sermon but more personalized, I laughed. They don’t even provide some sort of cost efficient way for the poor. Good luck out there whoever is reading this.

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    • 4. websk8er  |  February 27, 2009 at 11:58 pm

      Ashley – Unfortunately, someone who doesn’t have your best interests in mind must have fed you a bunch of false information, which you are now trying to spread to others. I suggest you find out for yourself.

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  • 5. Secret  |  March 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Why all these lawsuits? If you are the greatest thing that ever happened to humanity, why do you need all these lawsuits?

    Cash on the side?
    Or are you just afraid of the fact that people can get to know the truth about your “religion”?

    And what do you think about the thing Hubbard himself said, “if you want to get rich, start a religion”?

    And why do you teach people to attack other people who doesnt agree with you, and criticize you, while you yourself are criticizing psychiatry?

    Where did Hubbard get this stuff from?, How did he found out the truth?

    What do you say about the hypnotizing stare Scientology members have when they talk?

    If you answer all this respectfully, without pointing any blame on anyone but me, I would gladly consider what you say, I am just naturally skeptic to people who claim they are want to help people, and charge like a university and dont do shit about all the starving people in the world. And you say people need to get paid? How about all the people going abroad to work for others in other countries without charge them?

    Are your idea right only if you have money to spare? If I knew the truth of the world we live in I would gladly spread it for free, teach it for free, maybe accept donations, but not charge anyone.

    So why do you dont offer free service if you people are so great humans, if non-scientologists can work for free in Africa?

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  • 6. websk8er  |  April 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Secret –

    I assume you are sincere in your questions so hopefully I can answer them to your satisfaction.

    “Why all these lawsuits? If you are the greatest thing that ever happened to humanity, why do you need all these lawsuits?”

    As far as the church going to court, the Church has gone to court in many countries to uphold the right to freedom of religion. In Australia, as one example, legal actions by the Church brought about a landmark victory which greatly expanded religious freedom throughout that country.

    In the United States, the Church’s use of the Freedom of Information Act, taking government agencies to court and holding them accountable to release vital documents to the public on a variety of subjects, has been heralded as a vital action to ensure honesty in government.

    In certain cases, the Church has used the courts to protect its copyrighted materials, or to ensure it rights and the rights of its members are safeguarded.

    During the history of the Church, a few unscrupulous individuals, lusting for money, have observed how Scientology is prospering and rapidly expanding, and unsuccessfully have abused the legal system in an attempt to line their own pockets.

    “Cash on the side? Or are you just afraid of the fact that people can get to know the truth about your “religion”?”

    I’m not totally sure what you’re asking here or referring to, when you say “Cash on the side?”

    There needs to be a way for the Church to support itself financially and this is done by the members, like every other church.

    Some churches have a system of tithes, others require their members to pay for pew rentals, religious ceremonies and services. In the Church of Scientology, parishioners make donations for auditing and training they wish to receive. These contributions by Scientologists are the primary source of financial support for the Church and fund all the religious and social betterment activities the Church engages in. Scientologists are not required to tithe or make other donations.

    Scientology does not have hundreds of years of accumulated wealth and property like other religions – it must make its way in the world according to the economics of today’s society. When one considers the cost of ministering even one hour of auditing, requiring extensively trained specialists, and the overhead costs of maintaining church premises, the necessity of donations become clear.

    The Church selected the donation system as its primary funding because it is the most equitable method. Those who use the facilities of the church should be the ones who contribute most to its maintenance. Of course, no donation is expected from members who are at the church to participate in services other than auditing and training—listening to tape plays of L. Ron Hubbard’s lectures, reading scriptural works in the church library, meeting with fellow parishioners, receiving counseling from the Chaplain or attending Sunday services, sermons, weddings, christenings and funerals.

    Scientologists’ donations keep the Church alive and functioning, fund its widespread social reform programs, make Scientology known to people who may otherwise never have the opportunity to avail themselves of it, and help to create a safe and pleasant environment for everyone.

    “And what do you think about the thing Hubbard himself said, “if you want to get rich, start a religion”?”

    This is an unfounded rumor. One individual once claimed L. Ron Hubbard made such a comment during a lecture in 1948. The only two people who could be found who attended that very lecture in 1948 denied that Mr. Hubbard ever made this statement. And Mr. Hubbard himself certainly denied it.

    Another famous writer from the same era who did make such a statement was George Orwell, who wrote to a friend in 1938 that “there might be a lot of cash in starting a new religion.” His letter was later published as part of a collection of letters which was circulated widely. It seems that Orwell’s comment has been misattributed to Mr. Hubbard. This was recognized by courts in Germany who enjoined those who had attributed such a statement to Mr. Hubbard from repeating it.

    “And why do you teach people to attack other people who doesnt agree with you, and criticize you, while you yourself are criticizing psychiatry?”

    Psychiatry and psychology, by inaugurating the theory of eugenics, provided the philosophical basis for the wholesale slaughter of human beings in World Wars I and II. Psychiatry uses electric shock, brain-mutilating psychosurgery and mind-damaging drugs to destroy a person and make him “docile and quiet” in the name of “treatment.”

    Psychiatric methods involving the butchering of human beings and their sanity are condemned by the Church. Scientologists are trying to create a world without war, insanity and criminality. Psychiatry is seeking to create a world were man is reduced to a robotized or drugged, vegetable-like state so that he can be controlled.

    Scientologists do not believe that psychiatrists should tell their patients what they think is wrong with them. This interjects lies or ideas which are not true for the individual himself, thereby violating his basic integrity. Scientologists believe that one should find out for himself the source of his troubles since this gives him the ability to improve conditions in his own life and environment.

    Scientology and psychiatry will always be working at cross-purposes. Scientology is a religion and recognizes that man is a spiritual being. Psychiatrists view man as an animal. Psychiatry is strongly opposed to all religions as it does not even recognize that man is a spiritual being.

    Scientologists disagree with the enforced and harmful psychiatric methods of involuntary commitment, forced and heavy drugging, electroconvulsive shock treatment, lobotomy and other psychosurgical operations.

    By the Creed of the Church of Scientology, the healing of mentally caused ills should not be condoned in nonreligious fields. The reason for this is that violent psychiatric therapies cause spiritual trauma. At best, psychiatry suppresses life’s problems; at worst, it causes severe damage, irreversible setbacks in a person’s life and even death.

    “Where did Hubbard get this stuff from?, How did he found out the truth? ”

    Honestly, the answer to this question could fill many volumes. I suggest you start reading, what are called the Basic books as they give the chronology of L. Ron Hubbard’s research trail and exactly how he discovered what he discovered. It’s very matter of fact and there is nothing secretive about it when you take the time to do your homework on it.

    “What do you say about the hypnotizing stare Scientology members have when they talk?”

    I think calling it a “hypnotizing stare” is a weird way to put it but I think I get what you’re asking.

    Scientologists study how to be in better and better communication with each other. They strive to be upfront and honest and will give you what they believe to be the straight information. They will “look you straight in the eye” and tell you what they think. As is too common in present society, people cannot confront you, they look at the floor or look away from you when they talk to you or avoid you all together. You have to continually ask them “what did you say” etc. This is obviously not ideal, so there are courses you can take, which help you communicate better, which are usually one of the first introductory courses that help you understand the value of being in communication with those around you.

    Hope this answers your main questions and helps you understand Scientology a little better..:)

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    • 7. Leanne  |  June 12, 2009 at 10:05 am

      Who does all the mone people pay go to?

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    • 8. Ted  |  January 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      “And you say people need to get paid? How about all the people going abroad to work for others in other countries without charge them?

      Are your idea right only if you have money to spare? If I knew the truth of the world we live in I would gladly spread it for free, teach it for free, maybe accept donations, but not charge anyone.

      So why do you dont offer free service if you people are so great humans, if non-scientologists can work for free in Africa?”

      Please answer that too.

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  • 9. websk8er  |  July 3, 2009 at 5:30 am

    A person who donates for auditing receives one-to-one personal and effective assistance to solve problems in life, to communicate more freely with others and to handle the upsets of life preventing his true spiritual freedom. Having achieved these lower levels a parishioner moves on to more advanced levels on which he is literally seeking immortality, which is priceless.

    An entire team of Scientology staff members is required to deliver auditing, which is always individual, and/or training to a parishioner. Compare this to a church with a single priest or minister who delivers a single sermon to a congregation of perhaps 1,000 and the difference starts to become apparent. It would take about 650 ministers just to audit 2,000 Scientologists (one auditor can counsel three parishioners per day with some administrative assistance), and this does not account for all other staff who provide the services necessary for the Church itself to function.

    Reply

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