If anybody has been reading the news for the last few years, you would notice how the main religions of the world are attacking the church of Scientology, by discrediting its members, its practices, making fun of their rules, and by trying to put a dark shroud around it.
The sad/funny thing is that all religions start the same, an old guy/guys write a fictional book, some people with weak personalities who are usually socially alianated decide to follow it basically because they feel that their current situations are unworthy and for sure there is a better way to live or to a better place to reach. They get some order in their lives, they feel surrounded by people withthe same previous dysfuntional lives, they feel happy.
Like all human beings, when they feel happy, they would want to share their happiness with others, and make others happy; they start targetting people with the same previous situation as them, converting them, and the cult (still a cult at the moment), grows bigger and bigger.Until a day where the dominant religion(s) start feeling threatened by it, tries to repress it, at first peacefully, then with violence.
The followers would still multiply, until they have enough power to fight back.Then the dominant religion would leave them alone.But still they keep multiplying more and more, until one day they become the dominant religion, and attack other people , liberate their “old” sacred sites, unleashing revenge over the previous regimes, forcing others to convert, porsecuting anyone who doesn’t follow them.
Not forgetting that over the time, the person who wrote the book, or at least the characters in them start changing from human, to superhuman, until they reach a divine state. Ron Hubbard would probably have nuclear farts, can fly to the sun and back in 5 seconds, and can command every single attom in the universe in a few thousand years if by then humanity didn’t get enough logic and common sense to abolish all those fictional books and habits.
These steps apply to all religions…