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Taking A Look At Cults

Updated on July 13, 2016

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Cults have been around for decades and people have studied their actions for decades also. Many cult leaders have spread propaganda and lies to their followers.
Cults have been around for decades and people have studied their actions for decades also. Many cult leaders have spread propaganda and lies to their followers. | Source
Jim jones was able to convince people to follow him. He was a cult leader and a horrible man  indeed. He had a set of rules that were his own and they made no sense whatsoever.
Jim jones was able to convince people to follow him. He was a cult leader and a horrible man indeed. He had a set of rules that were his own and they made no sense whatsoever. | Source
David Koresh lived in Waco, Texas and he brainwashed lots of people before being caught and cornered by the law. This guy was off of his rocker to say the least.
David Koresh lived in Waco, Texas and he brainwashed lots of people before being caught and cornered by the law. This guy was off of his rocker to say the least. | Source
Charles Manson had followers that killed when he commanded. Movies and documentaries have been made about Charles Manson.  He is serving a life without parole term in a California prison.
Charles Manson had followers that killed when he commanded. Movies and documentaries have been made about Charles Manson. He is serving a life without parole term in a California prison. | Source

Cults

Very few people today are aware of cults, know that they exist or even care. Most people may just kind of shrug them off as another passing fad or even some right winged religious group.. It may be that these people have heard some things about cults on the radio or maybe watched it in a movie or read it in a book.

Organizations that many individuals think of as cults often grow strong when there are people who have social, psychological, and spiritual needs that are not being met at home. I would advise that you never, ever let your self be pressured into any situation. It is best to analyze it and think about for a whole. Really think everything over especially it over before you make any rash decisions.

The Cult is a body of people who share the same religious beliefs and moral attitudes. Some times these groups are so controlling that they will kill for the leader, or kill for each other. The word Cult is usually viewed as a negative thing instead of a positive thing. The reason our society and we are even raised from our childhood are suspicious, is because of the fact that up until September 11, 2001, cult groups were seen as radicals who struck out against society but, after 9/11, radical groups received much more attention. Cults have survived many years of criticism and radical groups have been ridiculed for years.

Some of the earlier cults aren't as appealing as they once were but, there are always people who are lonely and feel the need to feel that security (like a family). It's sad but true and sometimes these bad people use this knowledge to their advantage.

A problem that occurs for the cults, is that a lot of the followers that make up the largest percentage of the cult may even live outside the U.S.A. Using the word cult carelessly often shows that we refuse to listen and respect the beliefs or leaders of other people or cultures.

A cult is created when a group of people believe in a sometimes controlling human being whom they put up on a pedestal or a power who feels he deserves the respect of those around him. These leaders are often right winged individuals and they have their own opinions of how things should be run and they may or may not have an assistant as they are not very trusting individuals.

One of the most important things for a group to have is a leader. This leader claims to have the divine inspiration and he claims he has been chosen by God and claims to have the divine word and he believes that he is the only one who is able to interpret the word of God to the people. Most Cults do not end well, usually, they end in the death of all members and their leader.

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Cults: A Final Thought

Any organization, cult or club that forces any views upon you is a bad group to join. A group should want to you to join because of the things that you believe in, not because you are forced to join. Investigate anything you do to the fullest before making rash decisions to make sure it's the right thing for you.

On the other hand, if an organization gives you the facts up front and allows each person to decide what they want to do then I am all for it. Most of the time, a true cult, will not give you the an option as to what you can and what you can not do. After all, we are all grown ups here and are highly capable of making our own decisions based on the facts. The media has turned everything out of the norm into a cult. But, in reality some organizations that are secret are not necessarily a cult.

It is hard for me to imagine joining a group and being so far brain washed that you only want to be only connected to a few people. Those people are the members of the cult. The group is usually self supportive so, this means they never have to leave what is usually is called a compound. Some have underground bunkers where they will hide when they are "attacked by the government". They also can use this area to store food. Food is usually purchased in large quantities and stored in these bunkers. A select few of the men will go out of the compound and get the supplies that are needed. They make as few trips out of the "safe zone" as possible. I think of The Waco Texas Compound.

I have always heard that these groups are persuasive and very convincing. A vulnerable person or personality would easily show that it's easy to listen and get persuaded to become a member of the cult. Follow your brain and your heart and you should be okay on your spiritual path.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      Yoleen Lucas 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Thanks for posting this hub. I was in a cult 17 years ago. It wasn't extreme where they isolate members and make them lead rigidly controlled lives; rather, it was simply a church that was run by a judgmental controlling minister. I didn't have to be there, but I was at a vulnerable point in my life; that's why I stayed. I wound up putting myself in danger by staying (I tell about it in my hub, "My Experience in a Cult").

      I'd like to add 3 things:

      1) A cult is a system of beliefs that don't work, yet members cling to it because they fear nasty eternal consequences if they leave.

      2) Cults control members by threatening them with nasty eternal consequences if they so much as QUESTION what they're taught. In other words, they demand blind acceptance and obedience, even against your better judgment.

      3) People are most likely to join cults if they're at a vulnerable, transitional point in their lives, i.e., going away to college, perhaps moving to a new state, going through a divorce. While it can happen to anyone, people who were raised with strict authoritarian parents are more likely than average to join a cult.

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