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Analysis of Religious Cults


There are many types of cults in the world, cults are 
everywhere but you just do not see them. Every person in the world 
has been in contact with them in one way or another in many cases you 
cannot see them. The closest cult we know of is on Rice Lake called 
the Moonies led by Reverend Myung, where I have currently visited. 
Cults can be involved in churches and even are earliest religions are 
called cults. Cults are not the strongest groups' sects are the 
strongest group. When you join a sect you cannot get out of them but a 
cult you can leave without having any problem or commitment. Sects 
will not let you out because many times it's illegal and they are 
afraid that you will say something to the public. Cults sometimes are 
illegal to. 

 Religious cults are in every town and village there is no 
definition of a cult that is accepted by sociologists and psychologist 
or religion many types of activities will take cult like structures, 
an example would be any popular trend like physical exercise this is 
called the physical fitness cult. Famous athletes are a big figure 
when it comes to cults, many times Movie stars, professional athletes 
will endorse a product and a trend will start, making it turn into a 
cult. Also people who generate beliefs of something like flying 
saucer, aliens or any unknown figures can be cult. In religion when 
people call a church they are referring to a sacred organization 
having a highly structured or formalized dogma and hierarchy, but also 
allowing a bit of flexibility about membership requirements allowing 
you to go to a church and leave church when you want to. Although 
sects are against church attempts to accommodate to secular society. 
Sects believe that they are protecting a true faith or belief. Sects 
tend to stay away from world events , and also they believe in a 
strong strict behavioral code and demand a commitment out of their 
people. The differences between cults and sects are sometimes the 
same. Many scholars do not make distinctions between the two. Cults 
are different because they do not expect as much commitment. Many 
times' cults do not expect couples to become apart. Cults do not last 
as long as sects. Many times' cults survive through a decade, and also 
cults allow you to come and go as you want. Leaders of cults build 
around a charismatic leader who has a lifestyle dedicated to a 
specific spirituality group that they know other people will follow. 
The word Mormonism began as a small cult then grew bigger until it 
became a sect and eventually into a church. All the new religions 
followed the same thing by beginning small and getting bigger than 
becoming a church.

 Cults go back as far as we know of life, cults began to get 
bigger and be known throughout the world in the late 1960's and early 
70's as people were better educated and better understood how they 
were formed and how they were run and people began to join. During 
this time Youths and middle class people began to join cults because 
of the in thing to do and they felt more secure about themselves. 
Cults really started to fascinate people when Jimmy Jones cult began 
in November of 1978 when all attention was focused on the mass 
suicide in Jonestown, a similar event happened in 1993 when federal 
agents engaged in a shoot out with cult leader David Koresh. 
Modern cults have many different practices and many different ways of 
leadership. Some cults have a flexible functional leadership, like 
the groups in the charismatic movement coming from the mainland 
Christian religion, other cults have people who run and orchestrate 
cult events, like Reverend Myung Moon leader of the unification 
church. The reason people are attracted to modern cults because it 
puts emphasis on community and on direct experience with the divine. 
In cults' participants often find a level of social support and 
acceptance that they do not find in a nuclear family. This makes and 
generates a sense of belonging to something profound and a feel of 
being somebody. People who often join cults such as this, join 
because they think they are getting something the world did not give 
them. Several factors have been looked at to figure why people like 
are modern youths join cults. Factors that were looked at were drug's 
war assignation of many unpopular presidents. Cults have been 
questioned about brainwashing people, and found it to be true.

 Cargo cults are usually neutralist and are in it for money. 
The word cargo refers to foreign goods possessed by Europeans. Cult 
members believe that goods belong to themselves and that , with the 
help of ancestral spirits, the goods can be returned to them through 
magic religious means.

 Brainwashing is the process of deliberately subjecting people 
to physical and psychological hardship in order to alter their 
thoughts and attitudes, and actions. It also is a process of totally 
cleaning a mind of one set idea and replacing them by another thought 
or belief. This is called to indoctrinate cleaning a thought and 
putting a completely new thought in mind. Indoctrinating can take 
place without brainwashing. There are 2 aspects of brainwashing they 
are confessions of past crimes or errors of the past and re-education 
to new beliefs. Prisoners sometimes are made to confess by lack of 
sleep and food and other forms of intense physical discomfort, also 
isolation from victims' families and from familiar surroundings. 
Cult leaders show obedience, and humility and make other members give 
social pressure to the new member to make them join. And the last 
thing they do is make mutual criticism and self criticism sessions, 
which make them have a generalized guilt feeling that all people have 
acceptance of new ideas is again fostered by group pressure and the 
anticipated reward of freedom.

 People who have a better understanding of psychology and 
neuophysiology have made larger groups create extremely effective 
brainwashing programs. Their techniques however have been used 
for centuries as inquisition making people give excited confessions 
from alleged heretics. Religions sometimes use these methods like 
scourging, rhythmic dancing and drumming and sometimes inducing a 
trance like state in which the individual is open to conversion. In 
the 20th centuries, most noticeably by the people's temple of Guyana, 
whose membership committed mass suicide.
 Mystery Cults are usually in the ancient times whose members 
believed that by means of the performance of particular secret rituals 
they would gain knowledge that people in the normal world would not 
have and that would make a mystical union with the divine. Mystery 
cults make their members feel they are god and give them a feel of 
immortality that they cannot be destroyed. Many times in mystery 
cults, cult leaders feel they died and were brought back to be god or 
 In today's society, cults are one of the many unfortunate 
aspects endure in life. Leaders of Cults should be dealt with in a 
more serious matter. Cult leaders are con-artists and are people that 
like to control others. Cults should be controlled to protect 
innocent citizens from being taken advantage of.


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CDROM: Contemporary Cults. Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc.. 1993.

CDROM: Cargo Cults. Grolier Electronic Publishing Inc.. 1993.

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