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not much jesus was considered a cult leader when he first started out but if you wanna get technical cults are people who use religion to satisfy their needs and help them get what they want by controlling people under them.charles manson owned the cult (the family)
FLDS owned by warren jeff The peoples temple owned by jim jones hevans gate owned by marshal applewhite Branch davidans owned by david koresh these are some infamous cults and cult leaders
Answering as an atheist: Nothing. The answer you're probably looking for: Cults alienate themselves from "them", AKA anyone outside the cult. Those outside the cult are considered evil, dangerous, and the followers of the Devil or their form of Satan. Some may even teach that you must commit suicide before "they" get you. There's also an indoctrination process that all members must go through. Now, religions sort of have the same thing, but you're still allowed to hang out with those outside the faith (although some parents would refuse it) and thousands to millions or billions of people follow it. In the US, a belief is considered real if at least 10 people follow it, so in the legal aspects of this law, most cults can be considered a religion.
The term "cult" derived from the French culte, meaning worship or a particular form of worship which in turn originated from the Latin word cultus meaning care, cultivation, worship.
Some Christians make refined distinctions between worship and veneration, both of which can be outwardly expressed in a similar manner.
Among the observances in the cult are rituals, ceremonies, liturgy or audits, which may involve spoken or sung words, and often involve personal sacrifice. Other manifestations of the cult of a deity are the preservation of relics or the creation of images, such as icons (usually connoting a flat painted image) or three-dimensional cultic images, denigrated as "idols", and the specification of sacred places, hilltops and mountains, fissures and caves, springs, pools and groves, or even individual trees or stones, which may be the seat of an oracle or the venerated site of a vision, apparition, miracle or other occurrence commemorated or recreated in cult practices.
Christians forefathers defined religion as a "feeling of absolute dependence". Now, I guess...The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of estate they own.
Connotation. Cult is generally negative and religion is generally positive. It is the same as unattractive and ugly, fat and big, handicapped and a person wih a disability. I find that cult and religion is typically used synonymously by those who are atheist trying to antagonize theists. Hope this helped.
a cult follows a human "charismatic leader" and generally have no individuality or free will a religion consists of belief in a supernatural being, rituals, sacred items, moral code, a common world view.
Cults do not honor the Bible. They make up their own rules, many with no valid reasoning and certainly not following Biblical principles. Religions follow the Bible without adding or taking away from it.
There are so many definitions of cult it's ridiculous to the point of basically having no meaning or having whatever meaning you want to give it. Usually religious people use that word to try to insult people who are followers of a smaller non mainstream belief system with which they disagree. Many years ago I was accused of following a cult so I looked it up in the dictionary. Like I said there were a lot of definitions. I decided that the group that most closely resembled definition 1 was the Roman Catholic Church because of all their rituals and veneration and deification of human beings and their obsession with a dead woman that they pray to and call the Mother of God.
The term "cult" is used loosely by many who may not be fully aware of its connotations. To prevent confusion, some theologians actually avoid using the term. Endorsing the popular usage of the term, Newsweek magazine explains that cults "are normally small, fringe groups whose members derive their identity and purpose from a single, charismatic individual. Similarly, Asia-week magazine notes that " the term [cult] itself is vague, but it usually denotes a new religious creed built around a charismatic leader, who often proclaims himself to be the personification of God." Clearly, cults are generally understood to be religious groups with radical views and practices that clash with what is accepted today as normal social behavior. Usually that conduct their religious activities in secrecy. Many of these cultic groups actually isolate themselves in communes. Their devotion to a self-proclaimed human leader is likely to be unconditional and exclusive. Often these leaders boast of having been divinely chosen or even bring themselves divine in nature.