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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

When does a religion turn into a cult or a cult turns into a legitimate religion?

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Is kneeling before an ancient instrument of torture and consuming ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh, not cult like?

Is preying to a deity 5 times a day while setting up barbaric laws to match your "Holy book," not cult like.

The funny thing is that all three books, the Bible, Koran and Torra are all almost word for word the same up until Jesus Christ, in fact Jesus is the single most quoted man in the Koran. So why is there so much violence when they all worship the same God? Bosnia, Egypt, Israel/Palestine.

Would this world be better off with out religion?

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  • 9 years ago
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    A religion turns into a cult when the members take what is to be Gods Will into their own hands. A legitimate religion is when the founders have followers and a doctrine of sorts to follow and can support themselves

    ie this is a cult

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjMRgT5o-Ig

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    Is kneeling before an ancient instrument of torture and consuming ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh, not cult like?

    Is preying to a deity 5 times a day while setting up barbaric laws to match your "Holy book," not cult like.

    They are literal interpretations of an allegorical text which, yes, makes them cult like

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    "Cult" and "religion" are relative terms. A cult is simply a religion that is not socially accepted by the majority. Christianity was considered a cult when it first started. Islam was also considered a cult in basically one big family when it first started. Mormons were considered a cult. Scientology is considered a cult. Etc etc. The only differences is that at first, they were viewed as radical by the general population of society. Then over the years, it was just accepted as a normal belief.

    There is no difference between a cult and religion aside from how society perceives them

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  • 9 years ago

    It's a gray area, and there's no clear boundary either. It's also politically incorrect to refer to a group as a "cult" if they have a large number of members. Often there is really very little difference though - You've got Harold Camping's followers, polygamist groups that remain in Utah, pentecostals, the watchtower society's 20+ failed apocalypse predictions, young Earth creationists etc.. it's hard to make a logical argument that these groups aren't cult like, it's just not politically correct to call any of these groups a cult. Basically, it's just a question of whether a group has a lot of members or not, if they have lots of members, you can't call them a cult but if its a fringe group with few members then its okay.

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  • 9 years ago

    All religions are technically "cults" of some kind.

    Usually the word "cult" in modern-day usage is used to refer to a religion that somehow is strange and is new and manipulates people strongly, but the dictionary definition of a cult is "a system of religious beliefs and ritual."

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    There is no exact point. There are cult tests on the internet. They have a lot to do with how much a person is giving vs taking and how much their life is altered from normalcy by the cult.

    Most people that do the test find Mormonism to be borderline and JW and Scientology to be cults.

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  • 9 years ago

    I assume you are an athiest? Atheism is a religion these days. So is Global Warming.

    Its not religion itself. its culture. We have a melting pot of religions in the united states with a similar culture.. notice how Minneapolis (very diverse for those who don't know)Hasn't turned into a warzone?

    We have Tibetans, Hmong, Somalian, Pakistan, Iraq, Jews, Mexicans.. everyone . But since the culture of a relatively godless government we're not all bombing our neighbors across the street. America fundamentally has always had the right idea.

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  • A cult is a religion that lacks widespread social acceptability, that's all.

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  • Our2js
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    9 years ago

    The number of followers.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    When one gives up their core beliefs.

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  • No, that would be atheism, global warming and the gay agenda.

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