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Are Mormons a cult ?


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#1    mfrmboy

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:29 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints .. the Mormons are they a cult as are the Jehova's Witnesses?  I was taught this growing up in church ( Southern Baptist ).

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

Eh, aren't they all?  Depends on perspective -

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1.
a particular system of religious worship,especially with reference to its rites andceremonies.

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an instance of great veneration of a person,ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by abody of admirers: the physical fitness cult.3.
the object of such devotion.

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a group or sect bound together byveneration of the same thing, person, ideal,etc.

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Sociology . a group having a sacred ideologyand a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:37 PM

All religions are cults, doesn't mean if its unheard of or rare does not mean its a cult


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:39 PM

So, all religions are cults. Awesome! Cult sounds way cooler then religion anyway. 'So what religion are you?' 'I'm of the Catholic cult.'

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

The word cult is virtually meaningless unless you pre-define it.

In some christian circles, LDS, JW's, Unitarians, and sometimes Quakers are labeled as "Christian Cults" but it isn't suppose to carry the negative connotation that most people associate with the word. They get called Christian Cults for the simple fact that they aren't Trinitarians.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

Religions are organized,and should worship a deity of some kind ,without personal liberties being exploited.
Monies are donated .

Cults usually have a human leader ,who designates who does what,and limits members freedoms.
Money is requested ,not donated . ie scientology or EST .
Some cults worship some sort of idol ,but there is always a human at the helm ,who controls it all.
And please don't akin the Pope to this kind of figure head.
Popes are appointed by a jury of peers.
Cult heads are self appointed .

These are very key differences in my opinion .
Mormons believe in god and heaven ,and do no harm .

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:19 PM

The head of the Mormon church, with the title of president, is also elected by peers.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:37 PM

Thanks for your replies ! I was thinking along the lines of the Moonies or the Jim Jones followers.

So by definition all religious organizations are cults.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:55 PM

Never thought of my Grandfather and friends as mambers of a cult .....The Masons.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:27 PM

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:34 PM

To me a cult would be an organization where its all about the leader, you handing over all your money and your mind to do whatever this figure wants illegal or not.  Don't question anything this person says, you believe what they want you to believe and its usually believe in them.


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

I don't think so, because they are not insular or secretive. Some of their tenets might be strange, but they are open and mainstream. If you ask a Mormon about their beliefs they will probably tell you everything there is to know.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:39 PM

View Postmfrmboy, on 06 November 2012 - 03:37 PM, said:

Thanks for your replies ! I was thinking along the lines of the Moonies or the Jim Jones followers.

So by definition all religious organizations are cults.

The FLDS is a cult.  The children are brought up on communes.  They are taught that their duty is to have as many children as possible which will raise them higher in heaven.  They will 'marry' any man 'The Prophet' tells them to, even if it means that they change husbands several times because hteir husband has fallen out of favour with the prophet.  The communes are VERY isolated and in the past the parameters were patrolled by young boys with guns.  It is quite a scary thing to think in this day and age that things like this are still happening. :no:

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:45 PM

View Postmfrmboy, on 06 November 2012 - 03:55 PM, said:

Never thought of my Grandfather and friends as mambers of a cult .....The Masons.
i'm not sure why you're referring to the masons as a cult. it's a lodge; a fraternity; an old boy's club.
they have an open bible at their meetings and make some references to 'the master architect' but it is by no means a religion, never mind a cult


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:49 PM

By definition, cult is a meaningless word, or a word with a lot of meanings. The Chicago Manual of Style (often used by the media, universities, and other professional writers) suggest that the word "cult" should not be used unless it's predefined. And even then they warn that the word may be unnecessary to illustrate the point.

For example, The Branch Davidians were rarely just called a "cult" they were most frequently refered to as a "Dangerous Doomsday Cult". Implying that they were stock piliing weapons etc... no one called them just a "cult" because that would have had little to no meaning.

It's a dumb word to be honest that's really never had any specific meaning. In fact, the most recent article I read regarding a bizarre little christian church in my area didn't refer to them as cultists, but instead called them an "unaffiliated christian organization" and then went on to describe their strange practices  LOL. There's actaully a lot more information in that neutral title than there would be if they'd called them a "cult"

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