There is a fine line between a religion and a cult, but truly, a religion is typically founded on moral grounds and the greater good it offers humanity. The basis of such teachings involves God being greater than man, and leading man through his weaknesses into salvation and redemption, assisting his fellow men.
A cult is usually founded based on the self-interest of its creators. Cults most often center on the worship of the leaders of the cult rather than a higher power. A higher power is often used to mask the fact the cult is being brainwashed by their leaders. It often leads to isolation, hatred and violence by the members of the cult towards others. Cults also often lead to the death and suffering of the cult’s followers at their own hands.
Another distinction is that while both religions and cults recruit followers and offer strong reasons why one should be a follower, cults quite often preach isolation from all outsiders and, in some instances, the destruction of outsiders. A religion, on the other hand, while preaching redemption or a better existence both now and in the afterlife, typically does not preach the destruction of others and freely accepts others into its womb, even if they are not members of that religion.
Based on these distinctions, the Muslim religion appears to correlate much more closely with a cult than a religion. It is the only “religion” that calls for the death of those of conflicting beliefs. It is the only “religion” that promises vast rewards in the afterlife for blindly murdering those not members of its ranks. And it is the only “religion” that would condemn you to death for even depicting one of its leaders on your etch-a-sketch or for wishing to convert to any other religion. Could it be that a cult based on the self interests of one man of questionable moral values that lived centuries ago led to the “religion” that is the center of terrorism in the 21st Century?
This video says it all.
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There is also a fine line between Politics and Religion in this regard. Was this the ultimate political lie in recorded history?