Historically, practically every "religion" started out being seen as a cult, whether it was the belief that Jesus is the son of God, that Zoroaster was a witness for the true dual-nature of God, that Buddha is the avatar of the divine, ect. In time all these beliefs were accepted as legitimate religions, while other "cults" were quickly abandoned or persecuted to the point of non-existence. What does it take for a cult to become elevated to the status of "religion"? Please answer with tolerance, here, as I respect all religious & spiritual beliefs, thank you!
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krillco, I think you're onto something with, "By a combination of time and social tolerance. "
But as laughable as Mormonism's roots may be (I am dubious of Joseph Smith's purposes) the modern Mormons seem...
Thank you, jlpark. Very well presented.
SidKemp, those are some thoughtful points, thanks.
That is a logical point, tamarawilhite!
I don't think I've ever seen that definition, but then again language changes with time. But as history has shown, many religions began under the assumption or definition they were cults, such as Christianity was by the ancient Romans.