Tom Christ?

January 23rd, 2007 // 13 Comments

Leaders of the religion of which he is a devout follower have stated that Tom Cruise is in basically their version of Jesus Christ. From The Sun Online:

A source close to the actor, who has risen to one of the church’s top levels, said: “Tom has been told he is Scientology’s Christ-like figure.

“Like Christ, he’s been criticised for his views. But future generations will realise he was right.”

I hope this invokes more couch-jumping. I rather miss that.

Cruise ‘is Christ’ of Scientology [The Sun Online]

By Lisa Timmons
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  1. Fabiola

    Religion, my tuchus.

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  2. ifyousayso

    when he starts turning water to wine, then we’ll talk…

  3. Draya

    The Heavens Gate freaks and the Jim Jones loons knew when to check out. Why are these nut balls outstaying their welcome?

    Somebody get these Xenu-fearing morons some tainted Kool-Aide.

  4. Me

    LOLOL!!!!!! As a Christian, maybe I should be insulted by the comparison, but I just can’t feel it. This is so ridiculous how can anyone do anything except laugh? Then we wonder why the little man has a fat head!

  5. blondebombshell

    Tom Cruise is bipolar. That explains his charisma and intensity. Also the couch-jumping episode.

  6. MikeinSanJose

    Well, x-tianity was made up by a Sci-Fi writer too, wasn’t it? Obviously, Hubbard’s Sci-Fi sucked so hard he had to find something else to do with his wasted life, so he fabricated a history and formed a cult.

    Not a whole lot different than any other religion, except Scientology is absolutely only in it for the money, where the other religions lie about it and still take all your money… and try to tell you how to live… and try to make everyone else live the way they want you to live…

  7. Michael

    Cruise IS right about one thing — antidepressants. Come to think of it, I got my mom off them by explaining, carefully and for years, what the real Christ said. That Satan is the prince of this world, and since 2001 he is CEO as well. That’s why these Stepford Wives like Brooke Shields get depressed when they mindlessly squirt babies out, and no amount of pills is going to help. Everyone can feel something is dreadfully wrong but they block it out.

  8. Elaine

    Ok, I just did some research on Scientology because I really only knew about the Xenu part, so maybe this will help you guys out, too, but,(surprise, surprise) I am still baffled by it.

    If you look at just their basic beliefs, it actually makes some sense. It started as a self-help system to help people with their spiritual awareness and regain control of themselves-that’s fine, sounds good. Then, it says people have personal issues because of traumatic experiences in past lives-not my personal belief, but if I believed in past lives, I suppose it would make sense. Even the Auditing, which is apparently some sort of stress test, thats odd, but I suppose stress would be a good way to measure how much help a person needs? I guess?

    The baffling part is when they start to call it a religion and believe in the idea of the alien ruler Xenu and the Galactic Confederacy who brought billions of people to Earth in spaceships, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. The souls of these blown up people then attach themselves to present-day humans which is why we have physical problems.

    Now, I try to be as tolerant of other beliefs as possible, but I just cannot wrap my brain around this. I’ve heard people say that Scientology is basically a business, in it to make money (which would make sense), but what I don’t understand is how they find people that will buy into this and actually live their lives by Scientologist tenets and give money. As conspiracy-theorist and crazy as it sounds, the brainwashing rumor is starting to sound legit, and consequently, is making me feel 100% nuts. And if its true that Tom Cruise is viewed as a Christ-like figure, that really doesn’t help in any way, shape, or form either.

    Sorry for the extremely long post, but sweet Jesus, I had to say something before my brain exploded.

  9. Alyssa

    Well, the reason people buy into it is just like you stated — it starts as a self-help system. There’s a big ol’ “church” down the street from my house, and the signs on the windows all say, “feeling stressed? Come on in, we can help” or some variation. (or if you search for IQ tests online, they have one you take, but you can only get your results if you go in — they also have recruiters who go around and try to get you in — do seminars and post them on craigslist or in the paper, without saying they are scientology seminars — they say they are a seminar about depression. You go, and boom, there you are listening to their literature. )A lot of the beginning literature helps and makes sense, (not to mention they are pushy, pushy, pushy) so you spend the $100 for the next course or book or what have you. The next thing you know, you’ve spent all your money on these “courses” and buy that point you’re a little brain washed by it all, you’ve signed your kid up for a “billion-year contract” (which as much as they say is symbolic, it’s a contract and therefore legitimate that you are signing away a billion years) with the Sea Org, and have put your house in their name. It’s a cult and a business. Religion doesn’t demand money to learn more about it.

  10. michael

    OK, Scientologists are whack jobs, there’s no doubt about that… and yes, the cultish spewing of rhetoric with no scientific basis is a little bit concerning… and irresponsible, considering anti-depressants are medical fact and “vitamins and exercise” as a cure for depression is absolutely insane… but seriously, why is XENU a crazy idea, but turning water into wine makes total sense? When it boils down to it, you’re all kind-of douchebags, right?

  11. Judy

    did they not just say themselves that Christ is right?
    like Christ, he is criticised but **in the end will find out that he’s right**

    Jesus Christ is not a religion, or a self-help mentor, He is CHrist , Messiah, Saviour.

  12. This story, from a “report” by one of England’s worst tabloids “The Sun”, is a serious crock of sh!t.

    It is also harmful, libelous and foments incorrect notions about my religion Scientology so as to cause strife and intolerance.

    In actual fact, nobody within the Church of Scientology considers themselves to be “Christ-like” – this would be a very inappropriate and arrogant comment and I’m sure you can see how this is being used only to antagonize Christians everywhere.

    We Scientologists appreciate Tom Cruise’s efforts as a spokesperson of many of our Church’s initiatives. But he’s just an actor, holds no rank within our Church, and is by NO MEANS a “prophet” – and I am certain he himself would be embarrassed at the thought.

    The “Sun” is lying. You can see the Church’s official statement here: http://news.bostonherald.com/letters/view.bg?articleid=179702

    Please get in touch with the Church’s Media Relations department, at http://www.scientologytoday.org/Contacts/index.htm

    Thank you.

    Best,
    Greg Churilov,
    Scientology Parishioners League

    PS: By the way, you might remember that, before he dared speak out against Big Pharma, Tom Cruise was a generally well-liked actor. If you think about it, standing on a couch is not *that* big a deal. The fact is that the drug companies have engaged in a whisper campaign of character assassination on this actor. And with good reason: since Cruise spoke out, sales of Ritalin are down 21% in USA, sales of Paxil are now banned in the UK by the UK FDA, and the U.S. FDA requires blackbox labels on all antidepressants. And Big Pharma is mad, their pockets have taken the hit.

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