A cult is an organisation that has a set of beliefs in which the cult is viewed as being the one true organization, everyone else is wrong.
Usually they promote some kind of religious belief
- usually made up by themself - but not always, some cults can be athiest, such as Amway
Usually members have black-and-white thinking, and see their organization as being infaliable.
Members of a cult can be known as follower
Followers will obay the cult leaders instructions and believe the propaganda without needing to verify it with much proof.
They are usually superstitious
Cult members can be of average intelligence.
When people wonder about how a cult works, they usually focus on what the leader is doing. Usually the leader is just a charasma
The real mechanics of how a cult works can be understood by focusing on the psychology of the follower.
The cult had over 1,000,000 members, each of whom, believed that the leader knew the secret of power, and by following him, and by buying all of his products, they too, would understand the secret.
Cult B had 1,000 members, and members believed they were with the right way because so many around them were following the crazy ideas, and the leader seemed so powerful.
An organization that disguises itself as a religion. Usually requiring members to offer large amounts of money and time to participate. They have strange rituals, and practice brainwashing.
"Hey man I just paid 300$ to get myself audited for Scientology"
"Wow man you just joined a cult, dumb shit."
A group that is self-serving, does not benefit society or it's own members, usually has a charismatic leader, and is know to "disconnect" from anyone who is not part of it. They usually charge large sums of money to get in and stay in.
The cult of $cientology has been proven to be one of the most abusive and intimidating cults in the world. Anyone that speaks out against it is subjected to what is called "Fair Game", where you can be harassed, sued, lied to, tricked, beaten, or even raped or killed.
If in a cult, don't drink the Kool-aid.
Guy 1:Don't drink the Kool-aid man it was made by a cult
Guy 2 dies
dictionary definition a system of religious worship or devoted attachment to a person principle etc or a sect
technically then all religions are cults
Hey what religious affiliation have you?
I'm a Christian.
Oh, you belong to a cult?
No, I'm Christian. That's not a cult.
Technically it is.
The "other" church down the road.
We do not belong to a cult, but that other church does.
One of the chief exports of the United States, examples being Pentecostalism, Southern Baptists, Pat Robertson, and key members of the Bush Administration.
The former USSR is learning fast that religious freedom can have a downside, thanks to the influx of various cults, most of which originate in the US.