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Religion vs Cult Both religions and cults exist in society today When we look at both in general both are controversial yet are believed in whole-heartedly by their members Religions and cults both have nearly the same definition yet the two are completely different types of groups and have different backgrounds different beliefs different origins and different purposes Although many people may disagree in general religions are seen as productive while cults are seen as counterproductive The definition of religion is an organized system of beliefs and rituals centering on a supernatural being or beings The definition of a cult differs somewhat but it still nearly the same A cult is defined as a system or community of religious worship or a creed or sect The two words are synonymous by definition but the ways in which they are used contrast because of the different connotations Religion has a positive connotation yet the connotation of a cult is negative while the word cult is often used to express disapproval of a scorned religion different from ones Society alone has defined these connotative differences between religion and cult There are similarities in religions and cults For instance Voodoo a relatively modern cult practiced in Africa combines both religious and cult rituals The spirits are identified with Catholic saints They also use candles bells crosses prayers and baptism while are all elements of Catholicism Some rituals are performed by someone called a priest or priestess Also both religions and cults collect money Cults demand money while religions collect donations Many people disagree with the aspects of religions and cults Instead of believing in God or some other kind of higher power many choose to believe in the Darwin Theory or the Big Bang Theory These types of people are referred by religious and cult leaders as atheists There have been
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