What is the difference between religion and cult?

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
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    a religion is a cult that gained respect of the government

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    None.

  • 3 years ago

    number of believers.

  • jim
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Christianity is the cult of Babylon in the book of Revelation.

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  • Word
    Lv 6
    3 years ago

    Societal status

  • spotty
    Lv 6
    3 years ago

    Religion is much more profitable.

  • 3 years ago

    Not much. In Roman times, which is where we get the word cult, cults were simply underground, and loften literally, fledgling religions. Christianity started as a cult and it was a couple hundred years until it was recognized as enough of a religion to be recognized.

    Today, a cult is something that has multiple meanings. The two most prevalent are a group of people that follow a charismatic leader, tend to be brainwashed, somewhat secretive, limited geographically and strongly resist members leaving. The second is a minor, small religion or group that mainstream Christianity brands as teaching the wrong doctrine. Examples of this are the Freemasons, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Grangers, the Foresters and any number of others. Mormons and JW's probably can be considered religions and consider themselves to be Christians. The others are social/fraternal groups with some "esoteric" rituals but can not really be considered religions or cults. All of them are easy targets for well meaning, but sadly misinformed believers to feel justified at judging. The first set is much more dangerous and harmful.

  • Donald
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    someone said size. they deserve BA

  • 3 years ago

    Religion: tithe (a tenth of your income)

    Cult: sign over everything

  • David
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Religion is based on the teaching of God. Cults are based on the teachings of men. Example: Mormon doctrine is based on the teaching of Joseph Smith. What he said overrides what God said in the Bible. Ergo, Mormonisn is a cult. There are thousands of cults out there. But they have the same similarities-They twist the God of the Bible.

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