To me a cult is hierarchy usually that consist of men that tell others follow me and do as I say do. The followers are not allowed to "question or challenge" the leader's way of thinking.
This doesn't mean following a cult or religion which to me are the same thing will end in your death or mass suicide.
Seeing how it was brought up....the example of the Jamestown follower wound up dead. Initially you couldnt tell any of it members they were in a cult and they would argue they were christians and believers of the faith. They believed in God and heaven.
The Bagwan...[soory for the misspelling] and the orange people were also "religious" believed in a God and a heaven, same thing.
Jesus Christ was not a christian but a jew. No where in the bible does it say "he" wanted to create a new religion or did he himself refer to himself as a christian! The religion was created AFTER his death. So I dont understand how when people refer to the Bible as being God's word and scribes come along and say the Old testament in no longer valid some people believe this.
All religious prophets were from the east, not the west! Yet christian catholic look to a POPE for this. How is he any difference than any other cult leader. There were NO POPES in the bible!
You were not born with "instincts" of a concept of a GOD. That comes from language which we all were taught. You were told that there was a Easter Bunny and a Santa Claus and as a child you "believed and had faith" that Santa would come down your chimney on christmas even if your home didn't have one! Using logic and reason you soon learned this wasn't the case. People believe in a GOD because they are being told that he exist even when NO ONE on this planet has ever seen or met him.
I don't understand this, in every other situation in your life you DON"T rely on 1 book as fact, yet when it comes to religion you can only fall back on a book!
There is no difference in following a religion or being in a cult they both a run the same way. Someone tells you what is and you buy into that and you know if you stray from that view you will be outcasted just like you would in a cult!
I am not in a cult at all. I don't have any building I go to. I bought myself a Bible (well a few actually), because I wanted to learn about God on my own, without someone's interference.
I don't recognize any kind of religious authority over my life. I only read my bible on my own, and pray to God on my own, and worship
God on my own.
I don't need a building, or another person to tell me how to live right for God.
So, how am I in a cult?