# Comment by hostile on February 16, 2008 8:34 pm
why does scientology charge such a large fee on the expenses of the church to the members when larger religions don’t charge manditory fees at all?
First of all, this question is addressed on the website (scientologymyths.info/scientology/). But here are some additional facts. You can get through the Scientology system without paying a lot. Materials are not expensive and if you participate and help others you get helped in exchange. There are no mandatory fees at all. How much you invest in your salvation is totally up to you. Churches of Scientology however have to survive somehow, pay rent, water, power and so on. There are no secret reserves somewhere to fund this. Other religious organizations had hundreds or thousands of years to collect property or get huge donations from a much bigger number of parishioners. Scientology only exists since 54 years and despite of that most donations to the church go in worldwide social programs. Last but not least other religions have much less scriptures and do not train their parishioners at all in its usage. With no training facilities and just one book to teach there are not much expenses. I think such a comparison does not make much sense.
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