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what is a cult?

in one of my groups a member posted an article about an women pleads guilty of a cult starvation an ends with the death of her 1year old son.they starve the child for not saying amen after he ate..crazy!
i never heard of a cult until today,anyone have in info?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:52 PM on Mar. 30, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • A cult is a religion that adds or subtracts from the Bible.
    jamesmommy12

    Answer by jamesmommy12 at 11:56 PM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • The word cult is usually used to describe a religion or sect considered unorthodox or extreme with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.

    jamesmommy12, I don't believe that is a real definition of a cult at all.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:10 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Its most types of organized religion to be honest.
    MichelleDorton

    Answer by MichelleDorton at 12:14 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • now i'm lost ladies..lol i have 3 totally different answers.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:23 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Honestly its probably a combination of these answers. Depends on your opinion on religon to.
    jamesmommy12

    Answer by jamesmommy12 at 12:26 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • dictionary.com says this:


    cult
       /kʌlt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kuhlt] Show IPA
    –noun
    1. a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
    2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
    3. the object of such devotion.
    4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
    5. Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 12:39 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • 6. a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.
    7. the members of such a religion or sect.
    8. any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific.
    –adjective
    9. of or pertaining to a cult.
    10. of, for, or attracting a small group of devotees: a cult movie.
    Origin:
    1610–20; < L cultus habitation, tilling, refinement, worship, equiv. to cul-, var. s. of colere to inhabit, till, worship + -tus suffix of v. action
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 12:39 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • This is hairy territory. The true definition of a cult could pretty much apply to any major religion, ESPECIALLY Christianity. So the use of the word at all is pretty much moot.
    aurorabunny

    Answer by aurorabunny at 12:40 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of followers they have.

    beeky

    Answer by beeky at 7:39 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of followers they have.

    That is basically the textbook definition. Every major religion started out as a cult, the only difference is some grew and others didn't.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:46 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

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