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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    I think most of what we call cults are defined thusly:

    "A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister."

    However, I agree you could say some religions started out as cults.

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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    Quote Originally Posted by jambalaya View Post
    I think most of what we call cults are defined thusly:

    "A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister."

    However, I agree you could say some religions started out as cults.
    Well I'd define cult - a religious system viewed as unorthodox or nontraditional.

    By that standard, I'd say every religion starts off as a cult.
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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    I believe most religions can be considered cults.

    Cult - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    I say this because honestly, many religions are based off of what is written in a holy book, and most of the followers of those religions blindly believe what that book says as true, even if it contradicts with science. An even stronger point toward those religions being a cult is that many blindly follow an interpretation of their holy book as put forth by a specific person or group of people within their particular denomination.

    What I don't believe is that most cults are bad, not when it comes to the actual meaning of the word "cult".

    The biggest issue is that many people like to use "cult" in 2 ways. The first would be to describe religious groups that are extremely restrictive, have one person or a very small group of people telling the group what the word of God is, are very hard to leave, and almost certainly dangerous or at the least not healthy, for most, if not all, of its members. Then, some take that negative definition and attempt to apply it to religions that really do not fit all those descriptions, but might fit a few and are most definitely "strange" to most people.
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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Are all religions cults?
    what is your definition of cult?

    1.
    a. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.
    b. The followers of such a religion or sect.
    2. A system or community of religious worship and ritual.
    3. The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual.
    4. A usually nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.
    5.
    a. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
    b. The object of such devotion.
    6. An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.

    broadly, yes.

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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Are all religions cults?
    Looking at the definition of cult the answer is 100% yes

    now people like to use the word cult in a derogatory manner but thats their problem they are using it wrong.

    Religions are cults by definition.
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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Are all religions cults?
    How are we defining "cults"? I'm sure with a broad enough definition, you could include most of organized religion.
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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    many things can be classed as a cult. I mean look at sports teams, people dress in a certain way to go to the games and bars, there are superstitions, chants, you spend time and money on it and when your team wins your happy with life and when they lose your not.

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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    I invite everyone to compare and see that there is distinct differences between the two.

    I would go one step farther and say that only people who dont' understand Religion will think they are the same.

    I have seen there is more to this life than we can see by way of an NDE and an OBE.

    I believe and I pray that all of you take the time to look deep within your hearts on this subject.

    http://faithresource.org/SpiritualAb...versusCult.htm
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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    I invite everyone to compare and see that there is distinct differences between the two.

    I would go one step farther and say that only people who dont' understand Religion will think they are the same.

    I have seen there is more to this life than we can see by way of an NDE and an OBE.

    I believe and I pray that all of you take the time to look deep within your hearts on this subject.

    Religion Versus Cult
    unless i ignore the webster's definition of a cult they are in fact the same

    like I said I know people like to use the word cult as negative or something else but they are using the word wrong LOL
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    Re: Are all religions cults?

    cult/kəlt/
    Noun:
    1.A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
    2.A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
    Make of it what you will.

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