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Cult and Religion Religion is a sociological device used to protect its members and it offers them a common system of belief Religion whether it is Christianity Taoism Judaism or Hinduism is a set of commonly shared beliefs which bring many people together Religions usually teaches a code of morality with an emphasis on a higher supernatural entity They give examples and role models for people to follow Religion although having nearly the same definition as a cult has a positive connotation Society alone has defined these connotative differences between cult and religion The word cult has a negative connotation which reflects the rejection of the populace in which it exists The word cult is often used to express disapproval of a scorned religion different from ones own A cult is defined as a system of religious worship or a creed or sect While the dictionary definition of religion is mans expression of his acknowledgment of the divine or a system of beliefs and practices relating to the sacred and uniting its adherents in a community The two words are synonymous by definition but the ways in which they are used contrast because of their differing connotations Once a group is labeled a cult it is subjected to some form of prosecution One group will attack another either because they simply feel they are right and the other groups belief system must therefore be wrong The group becomes an outliner and is banished censured or ostracized When labeled a cult like the branch Davidians of Waco Texas the group is subject to infiltration and forced collapse Only the connotations differentiate these two words from one another
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