What is the difference between a Cult and a Religion?
As far as I am concerned it is the difference between having sex and making love. If you want to add credibility, you call it one thing, if you want to denigrate it you call it another. Some say cults have charismatic leaders that followrs unite behind. Same is true for some religions. Some say cults are after money. Same is true for some religions. Some say that cults believe in things that seem ridiculous to outsiders. Same is true for some religions. Some say that cults isolate new converts and give them incentives to cut off family and former friends. Trust me on this one - same is true for some religions. I am convinced that the disctinction is a biased one, created to favor established faiths.