Candidate, Christian or Compromise
By: Randy Jones
As the Republican debates continue many Americans are trying to make a decision based on the word and public proof of each candidate. I will admit that each one has caught has caught my attention on a few things good and some bad. As luck would have it I was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office and was debating in myself to read the insurance policy on the wall or the inspired Newsweek magazine that lay on the table beside me. As I was browsing through some of the articles there was one that caught my eye that I had overlooked before mainly because of the leftist commentary. Now what I’m about to tell you is primarily more focused toward the Christian view rather that the Republican or Conservative view.
In the December 19th edition of Newsweek there was an article in the Daily Beast column written by Paul Begala summarizing an interview conducted by Fox News’s Brett Baier to which Baier asked Republican candidate Mitt Romney the name of the last book he read. Romney was quoted in the article after a minor attempt to skip over the question by replying “I’m reading sort of a fun one right now.” Of course the article did state that Romney told Baier his last finished read was the book by George W Bush titled Decision Points. After reading a little further past the comedy poke of Romney giving the same answer of the same book six months ago I read a very scary admission by Romney. In 2007 he was asked to name his favorite novel and his reply quoted in the Newsweek article was the novel Battlefield Earth. Now this may good a good novel if you are caught up in Sci-fi but what worries me is that this candidate to who may lead the Republican Party and possibly be our next president is quoted as reading the scientific works of one L Ron Hubbard. Now I know this is where this article may offend many that are Sci-fi groupies so this is directed to the Christian side of the democracy.
Many of us are familiar with the novels of L Ron Hubbard published over the years, but there is another reason to be more concerned over the novel favorites of Romney. As many are aware the pacifist religion of Scientology was founded by the late L Ron Hubbard initially through an organization known as Hubbard Dianetics Research Foundation (FDRH) in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1950 with the first church of Scientology being established in Los Angeles in February 1954. Now as many may view Romneys current Mormon beliefs to be of a some what cultic base, it would be catastrophic to think his beliefs to be mixed with that of Scientology as well. To shed some light on a touch of the Scientology belief below are just a few the creeds set to the followers of Scientology;
That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights. (Scientology)
Genesis 1:26Then God said, y “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; z let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over 7 all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (NKJV)
That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance. (Scientology)
Exodus 20:1-3 And God spoke a all these words, saying: 2b “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, c out of the house of 1 bondage. 3d “You shall have no other gods before Me. (NKJV)
(Scientology creed cont.)
That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives.
That all men have inalienable rights to their sanity.
That all men have inalienable rights to their own defense.
That all men have inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist or support their own organizations, churches and governments.
That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others.
That all men have inalienable rights to the creation of their own kind.
That the souls of men have the rights of men.
That the study of the Mind and the healing of mentally caused ills should not be alienated from religion or condoned in nonreligious fields.
And that no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these rights, overtly or covertly.
As we read over these beliefs in the Scientology Church I can sum these up in real time from the words of Jesus Christ;
John Chapter 6:35-38 And Jesus said to them, y “I am the bread of life. z He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never a thirst. 36b “But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet c do not believe. 37d “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and e the one who comes to Me I will 7 by no means cast out. 38 “For I have come down from heaven, f not to do My own will, g but the will of Him who sent Me.
I write these words only to warn those who believe that their candidate may or may not poses Christian values, that we should probe and ask the questions pertaining to faith and trust and definitely the absolute belief in God as our creator not our equal or our partner. One could argue the fact that we are all empowered will inalienable rights under the law of man as stated in The Constitution, but spiritually we are to place God before family, country or self.
Reference: Romney interview December 1, 2011quote credit Fox News Brett Baier and Newsweek/The Daily Beast; Article Published December 19th 2011 titled:The GOP Candidates Read Wacky Books by Paul Begala.
Reference: L Ron Hubbard; Biography from Answers.com
Reference: Scientology Creed; Credit Scientology.com, the Creed of Scientology
Reference: Bible Inserts; ebible.com NKJV