Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document title: An Invitation to Freedom
Document type: newsletter
Publication: The Golden Dawn
Publication date: 1954
Publication issue: 1-0A
Description: Hubbard claims that the goal of freedom sought in Christianity is attained with Scientology.
The Golden Dawn
Official Publication of the Church of Scientology
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Copyright, 1954 by the Church of Scientology
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The Golden Dawn
Published by the Church of Scientology
An Invitation to Freedom
Man Can Save His Soul
Man has tried by many practices to find the pathway to salvation.
He has held the imperishable hope that someday in some way he would be free.
Man has spoken of the second coming of Christ and of the Judgment Day.
America has kept wide the doorway for this salvation by retaining religious freedom.
And here, after these ages of grief and suffering, through terrible wars and catastrophe, the hope still lives–and with that hope, accomplishment.
Man can save his soul. Like the bright cool dawn after a night of prison and of thunder, man can taste that freedom sought so long.
There are those who will say that only after a lifetime of sacrifice and good doing can the soul be free–that God demands conditions in the freedom and that some have the power of making mankind slaves.
But these things too have answers. And all we tell you now is that we can be free.
Many can be free in a few days. The souls of some can be saved in hours. Those deeply steeped in materialism can be salvaged in months or years.
As Christ said, the innocent can first be saved. In a little time, in minutes, the child can be saved. But the rich and the mighty, the enslaver and destroyer would lag behind for years–but they too can be saved.
If the Christian in Rome had been given this news, that his salvation was imminent, he would have believed and rejoiced. But this is not Rome and Christ is two thousand years crucified–a long time–a time to forget, to disbelieve. Today perhaps a church or “man of God” might spit upon Christ himself if he came to call.
What you read here is factually, literally true. The salvation hoped for these past two thousand years is here. You are being told that in this paragraph. And it is true.
It has not come with blares of trumpets or the flare and flash of flame. It has come quietly into your letter box and you aren’t at all sure you should believe it.
And the salvation itself is not done by sudden drama or a walk on a gleaming cloud–it is done quietly, in a chair as part of a group of people like yourself.
And you don’t have to go to heaven or to hell if you don’t want to. You can be entirely free to go anywhere. And you can be immortal and yet have your body, your family, your friends.
We are extending to you the precious gift of freedom and immortality– factually, honestly.
You are a spirit. You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free.
The arms of God are open to you.
To be well, to be happy, to be free, you have only to come to one or several of our group meetings. It may be you have lived with such an appetite that you will require much more time; however that may be, freedom is yours.
You will have to pay for your freedom, but only as much as you wish, for with that sum in this material world we can make another free.
It may be you will wish to linger and help others to be free. That will require that you study and work.
We embrace all denominations, faiths and colors. We work with the believer and the unbeliever alike. Part of your freedom is your right to belong to any church. Not only do we hold your right to worship to be sacred, we may also insist you do not change your faith or leave the congregation to which you belong.
Scientology is the science of knowing how to know. The mysteries of existence lie, in Scientology, before men’s eyes. The doctors of divinity trained in Scientology know how to know and they know, too, how to set you free from pain, from grief, from suffering, from the endless despair of this vale of tears.
We will not mislead you. We have as part of the Code of a Scientologist, “(3) To refuse to accept for processing and to refuse to accept money from any person or group I feel I cannot honestly help.” Scientology can free the human soul and deliver the body from pain.
Man can save his soul. We know how. If man does not want to be saved that is a decision man must make, each one for himself. You have been invited. You will be accepted. If you do not care to be accepted, that too is your freedom.
At least we have shut for some, the yawning jaws of hell.
L. RON HUBBARD
Hubbard, L. R., (1954). Invitation to Freedom. The Golden Dawn, 1-0A, 1-4.
- The Golden Dawn cross is the cross of Scientology’s Volunteer Minister operation. ↩