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    Posted: 22-Feb-2006 at 09:25
I am so confused  What is the meaning of a cult? or what is a cult? I see that word used everywhere and don't know what it is.
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  Quote SearchAndDestroy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Feb-2006 at 10:28
To me when I hear it it's usually a step before it becomes a accepted religion or a religion that is never is accepted and deemed strange for it's ways. Atleast thats how I always hear it used.
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  Quote jfmff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Feb-2006 at 15:05
I often hear it with the meaning of a spiritual group that is malicious or a spiritual group in which its leaders are malicious (or crazy). Anyway see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult



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  Quote Maju Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Feb-2006 at 17:10
Cult, sect, church, religion are all the same thing. Still they are used differently: cult is often used in the sense of "destructive cult", a term implying that they brainwash you and that they are after your money and/or workforce.

True that all religions are on that... but it usually means more than the average church.

Some cults that are legal in the USA are ilegal in most parts of Europe, because they are considered destructive cults (for instance Scientology).

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It's curious how the terms change with language: in Spanish the term used is usually "secta" (sect), while "culto" (cult) is rarely used at all, except by the Roma to refer to their evangelical communities.

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  Quote ArmenianSurvival Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2006 at 00:07
     The shortest way to answer your question:

     A cult is a religion with no political power.
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  Quote Miller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2006 at 04:31
 

If it has been around for a few thousand years and has large number of follower that is a reliogion.

If it is newer or it has less follower today ( even if it was big at some point before) it is a cult.

There are quite a few mythologies with very similar concepts one is called a cult the other a religion

 

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Cult = Worshipping. The object doesn't matter. You can create cult of everything you wish.
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