|Lecture: Communication Formula|
Hubbard lectures on the Christian god, saying He lives in a trunk with a leopard skin.
If you can get enough people to repent, repent, repent, and believe they are all sinful, and ask forgiveness, and et cetera, yap-yap, you see, if we - if we can run this in on somebody, he will recognize that he should have an effect. You get that? He should have punishment. He should have an effect his way. Ah, all they do is come along and get him to make up his mind you see, that he actually has created some effects. And now he ought to have one, or he's going to get one, or Yahweh or somebody, who lives in a trunk with a leopard skin - that by the way is the Christian God.
I'm sorry to have to interject that statement but I'm always struck by this tremendous thing here of all of these - of all of these poor people going around not knowing anything about the anatomy of their own religion.
Ah, being rather - being rather interested in and somewhat practiced in the investigation of barbaric customs in minor societies here and there around the world, and having been more or less tuned up and alerted very early in my life, it is rather hard for me to assume a "part of" attitude toward my own society, you see? I was better educated in looking at other societies before I started living in this one.
And naturally, I come back and take a look at this one and it becomes very amusing, because you look at it along the same standards any anthropologist or ethnologist applies. You see we're a barbaric society; you see some of the darnedest things. We see, for instance, a revolt took place in the New Testament against the Old Testament, and now we publish both books in the same volume. See, the Old Testament was a red, raw revolt against the pardon - New Testament was a red, raw revolt against the Old Testament, and here we - same order of magnitude. Boy, if you want something to fight itself, there certainly is a symbol.
And then although a lot of people will say carelessly "Well, God is everywhere," remember that this was an idea which was introduced rather latterly in Christian religion. The God of which they speak, of whom they speak continually, is Yahweh. Lord knows how it's pronounced because it is so secret that nobody really is supposed to be able to pronounce it, so they omitted all of the vowels in the word. And they spell it only with its consonants. So, Lord knows how this word is to be pronounced. But more agreed upon pronunciation amongst scholars so they can talk about it is "Yahweh." An- and this is the Christian God. But he lives in a trunk with a leopard skin. That's right, that's - that is the full story on it.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 9 December 1954: Communication Formula
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