DOES SCIENTOLOGY BELIEVE IN GOD?
One fundamental factor that runs throughout Scientology's view of the universe is that the primary goal of all life forms is towards infinite survival. The urge is so powerful and so universal that it is known as the "dynamic principle of existence." This principle is itself divided into eight distinct parts, called the "eight dynamics."
1. The first dynamic is SELF. This is the effort to survive as an individual. It includes one's own body and one's own mind. This dynamic includes the individual plus his immediate possessions.
2. The second dynamic is CREATIVITY. Creativity is making things for the future and the second dynamic includes any creativity. The second dynamic contains the family unit and rearing the children as well as anything that can be categorized as a family activity. It also incidentally includes sex as a mechanism to compel future survival.
3. The third dynamic is GROUP SURVIVAL. This is the urge to survive through a group of individuals or as a group. A group can be a community, friends, a company, a social lodge, a state, a nation, a race or in short, any group.
4. The fourth dynamic is SPECIES. Man's fourth dynamic is the species of mankind. This is the urge toward survival through all mankind and as all mankind. Whereas the Australian nationality would be considered a third dynamic for all Australians, all the nationalities of the world together would be considered the fourth dynamic.
5. The fifth dynamic is LIFE FORMS. This is the urge to survive as life forms and with the help of life forms such as animals, birds, insects, fish and vegetation. This includes all living things whether animal or vegetable, anything directly and intimately motivated by life.
6. The sixth dynamic is PHYSICAL UNIVERSE. The physical universe has four components. These are matter, energy, space and time. The sixth dynamic is the urge to survive of the physical universe by the physical universe itself and with the help of the physical universe and each one of its component parts.
7. The seventh dynamic is the SPIRITUAL DYNAMIC, the urge to survive as spiritual beings or the urge for life itself to survive. Anything spiritual, with or without identity, would come under the heading of the seventh dynamic. It includes one's beingness, the ability to create, the ability to cause survival or to survive, the ability to destroy or pretend to be destroyed. This is separate from the physical universe and is the source of life itself.
8. The eighth dynamic is the urge toward existence as INFINITY. The eighth dynamic also is commonly called God, the Supreme Being or Creator, but it is correctly defined as infinity. This is why, according to L. Ron Hubbard, "when the seventh dynamic is reached in its entirety one will only then discover the true eighth dynamic."
As the eighth dynamic, Scientology’s concept of God rests at the very apex of universal survival. As L. Ron Hubbard wrote in Science of Survival: “No culture in the history of the world, save the thoroughly depraved and expiring ones, has failed to affirm the existence of a Supreme Being. It is an empirical observation that men without a strong and lasting faith in a Supreme Being are less capable, less ethical and less valuable to themselves and society... A man without an abiding faith is, by observation alone, more of a thing than a man.”
Unlike religions with Judeo-Christian origins, the Church of Scientology has no set dogma concerning God that it imposes on its members. As with all its beliefs, Scientology does not ask individuals to believe anything on faith. Rather, as one’s level of spiritual awareness increases through participation in Scientology auditing and training, he attains his own certainty of every dynamic and, as he moves from the seventh (spiritual) dynamic to the eighth, will come to his own understanding of infinity and God and his relationship to it.
Scientology seeks to bring one to a new level of spiritual awareness where he can reach his own conclusions concerning the nature of God (or the Supreme Being or infinity) and what lies in store for him after his present lifetime. Thus, like many Eastern religions, salvation in Scientology is attained through personal spiritual growth and enlightenment.