posted on Mar, 3 2009 @ 01:28 PM
We all believe in something and most of the time its harmless. We might believe its not advisable to walk under ladders and then try tell our friends
to believe the same harmless belief.
My question is this what happens when our belief isnt harmless and we pass it onto a number of friends, when does this group belief actually become a
cult and how does this happen?
Every cult can be defined as a group having all of the following 5 characteristics:
1. It uses psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain its members
2. It forms an elitist totalitarian society
3. Its founder leader is self-appointed, dogmatic, messianic, not accountable and has charisma
4. It believes 'the end justifies the means' in order to solicit funds
5. Its wealth does not benefit its members or society
In the past 40 years many cults have sprung up namely The Sisters of Wicca, Brotherhood of Evil, Slaves to Lust, Kingdom of hell, The Vampire Clan and
of course Heavens Gate. (source Cults revealed, Peter Haining)
Most start off as a "religion or spiritual society" usually with some space god, alien or universal light as its figure head. They usually have new
age ideas dressed up but at source theirs is usually the only way. The actual belief system is hidden until followers become members of its inner
circle. It is here within the inner circle the real belief core is revealed as satanic, demonic, lusty, vampirish or even suicidal. Usually at this
point members are so deep into the cult they can no longer escape.
Examples of terrible outcomes are given below.
Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple
914 members killed themselves by drinking cyanide
Order of Solar Temple
53 people set fire to themselves, including children
At what point did the above become more than a group of people with a belief and turn into a cult and why?
How does a cult leader establish intellectual, spiritual, physical and sexual control over his followers?
Just a subject I find interesting and of the moment.