I know the post was closed, but as a Scientologist I don't find it offensive if someone asks about my religion--so long as they aren't debating my religion. I would love to know about other religions and what other people believe. I would not tell them they are wrong. I would like to answer the questions purely for information. Because if someone doesn't understand something they should get the answers, right?? And then form their own opinion. That is a strong Scientology belief. Get all the info, then form your own opinion. Don't let anyone tell you what to believe. Believe what is true for you. 1. Do you believe in a God? If so what are his/her/its characteristics? Yes. God is different to every Scientologist. L. Ron Hubbard only says God is infinity, the 8th dynamic. You don't have to give up your religion to be a Scientologist. You can be a Christian and a Scientologist, and many people all over the world are. 2. Whats the deal with the whole Xenu story. I will admit it seems a bit far fetched but then again so does the ressurection of Christ if you dont fully understand it. Please explain it from a believers point of view. I know nothing of Xenu. I have no formal documentation from the Church on it, only hearsay from the internet--and should we believe everything we read on the internet? I can only say that it is a story that has gotten blown out of proportion and ridiculed. 3. Are all of the beliefs and practices revealed to everyone from the get go or is there secret knowledge only available to upper levels in the faith? You can get all the books and lectures on amazon.com. I wouldn't call that "secret." There are no secret beliefs or practices. There may be information specific to jobs that you would not know unless that was your job. But it is like that in the regular working world. 4. Could you explain the whole auditing thing, what is the basis for this? I could explain auditing, but I really don't have the time or space. So, if you're curious, go to www.dianetics.org and get the book! All I can say is I have been audited and it is amazing, wonderful and it has helped me to be more alive. It's easy to do, you could even audit your friend. 5. What has scientology done for you personally? How has it changed your life? Before Scientology I was married to an alcoholic. I hated my life. I didn't get along with my parents. I hated my job and had no career path. I started with a Scientology course on how to communicate. It gave me the courage and skills to leave my marriage and begin again. I took more courses on communication and one on money management and that helped me even more. Before Scientology I never played an instrument because I didn't think I could do it. But I started playing the bass, and even used Scientology study technology (learning how to really study and learn) and I was able to learn my first instrument. Things didn't always run totally smooth, the first band ended up breaking up. But now I am putting together another band, I've improved my playing and I'm happy to report I now get along great with my parents. What I really learned is how to let go of situations and experiences that were holding me back (through auditing) and how to become captain of my own destiny. In relationships, one cannot always control the other person, but you can always control yourself. I am now a cheerful person with a positive outlook on life. I have Scientology and the Bass Guitar to thank for that Anyone that has questions should not take my word for anything. Nor should you take the word of people who got kicked out of the church. Would you go to someone who got fired from a company and then ask them what they thought of it? You would not get a pleasant answer. Would you go Burger King and ask them what they thought about McDonalds and hope to get a fair answer? A good place for answers is http://www.whatisscientology.org/ And then read it and form your OWN opinion on it. I hope that people will limit this thread to questions and answers, not debates. I would never tell someone else their religion is wrong. True religion aims to make Man better. I can't see how that could EVER be wrong. Or else lock this thread as you all see fit.