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Have You Been In A Cult

How many of you once belonged to a cult? How long has it been since you left?

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All religions are cults.
Cults depend on brainwashing in order to keep the faithful, faithful. It must be preached, taught, instructed, repeated and supported by everyone around you. This is what religion does, all of them. When you get to the point where you stop pretending that you have the answer to things which can't be answered there is where you find freedom of the mind.
---Mickey on 1/25/08


Never have,never will.
---Jack_8773 on 1/2/08


I adhere to the law of non-contradiction.

Biblical interpretation of Scripture cannot be both true and false.
If false gospels are not in Scripture, they cannot be true. Isn't it odd that Christianity is the only belief that is questioned for its contradictions?

The Christian faith is the only one that seems to have this question posed. The truth is that every major religion in the world claims exclusivity, and every major religion in the world has a point of exclusion.
---Michelle on 1/2/08


Atheists and agnostics are usually accepting of most every other belief system with the exception of Christianity - why is that?
You don't find them questioning any other religion or arguing with them about contradictions. Rarely will you find the atheist or agnostic battling it out on those sites. No, you'll find them here questioning the contradictions of the Bible and Christianity - why is that?
---Michelle on 1/2/08


Everything cannot be true.

If everything is true, then nothing is false. And if nothing is false then it would also be true to say everything is false. We cannot have it both ways.

The truth emerges. The law of non-contradiction applies to reality. Two contradictory statements cannot both be true.
---Michelle on 1/2/08




Does The Bible Contradict Itself?
To deny the law of non-contradiction is to affirm it at the same time.

Test truth claims before you believe them. If the test demonstrates truth then believe it.
---Michelle on 1/2/08


Christianity is not that it has been tried and found wanting, but that it has been found difficult and left untried.
---Michelle on 1/2/08


This all depends on how you define 'cult.'

To some it means a religion that hurts people.

To some it means a new religion.

I prefer to use Websters dictionary.

To born again fundamentalist it means any religion not them.
---MikeM on 1/2/08


Society made it so that anytime we hear of cults/sects, we automatically think its of evil nature. Christianity was known as a sect in its early stages. Jews viewed Christianity as a sect, now some see Catholics, Mormons, SDAs, JWs, etc., as sects/cults. By this world's standards, I belong to a cult and dont plan on leaving it. But then again, I'm not of this world, nor are my thoughts of this world, so no I dont belong to a cult, sect, religion, or any other name this world gives to my Father's Way.
---LaLupe on 1/2/08


Isn't all religion a cult, even Christianity.
We all believe things for which there is no proof of its validity, right?
---Mickey on 1/2/08




There are Christians within the Roman Church that follow Christ and at the same time do not accept some of the beliefs or interpretation of their church. That much has been pretty much established by the various surveys.

And as to my own church doctrine, must I accept everything that they proclaim? While the doctrine appears to be very basic Biblically, I sometimes question their interpretation of it as well as some of the policies.
---Lee on 1/2/08


Lee the catholoc church is the largest cult in the world. The truth was discarded a long time ago.
---jhonny on 12/21/07


While I was never a member of a cult, my earliest religious upbringing was from a SDA neighbor. They greatly influenced my beliefs but after becoming a Christian and getting into His word, I found a greater understanding and was able to unlearn & discard many of their unique beliefs.
---lee1538 on 12/5/07


jhonny, What I have discovered is that if there are no special occasions,there are no fond memories of growing up! Looking back, what is there to remember? My kids have very little memories of the past. Caused my family to be totally "dysfunctional".
---1st_cliff on 12/5/07


Cliff just wondering. Is there something about birthdays that is redeemable? Is it a mistake to deny a child a birthday in someway? Is there some resentment from any of the children growing up?
Personally I don't put a lot of emphasis on birthdays, although I feel free to participate if I need to.
---jjhonny on 12/3/07


Praise God 1st Cliff that you are X'd out by them...what a blessing from God that is!
---Holly4jc on 11/30/07


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Cliff. We are pursuing in our churches, the same fundamentalistic slavery they enjoy in Islam. If this is our choice, this is what we are asking for and will receive. Tyranny. How we love our bondage to obedience regardless of the truth. The organization, the men of title and rank, position and office become the idol. God has called you out of it. Sorry about your family and esp. your daughter.
---jhonny on 11/30/07


JWs don't celeberate birthdays because John the Baptist was beheaded on Herod's birthday and Pharoh's cupbearer was killed on his bithday (That's their lame reason)They call all other celaberations "worldly". They tell on each other if they cheat!...cont.
---1st_cliff on 11/30/07


#2. They keep track of how much time is spent in witnessing. If you witness (door to door or otherwise) on a regular basis they call you a regular publisher. More than 100 hrs. a month and you're a "pioneer"(publications are subsidized to pioneers) Every city and district is mapped out and "worked" systematically ,if you are shunned (like me) an X is marked on your address and they don't call there!
---1st_cliff on 11/30/07


My heart bears a burden on your testimony cliff. I'm sorry about your daughter. God is revealing the obedience system, pervasive around the world and in our churches. The truth plays second fiddle.
Institutional organizational idolatry all over our free countries. Don't talk, don't think, don't feel. They know best. And they're favourite the light gets brighter and brighter, God will work it out. How people love their bondage.
---jhonny on 11/29/07


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Cults are all those in the wrong religions, clinging to false doctrines that all those other misled apostate incorrect hellbound people follow who do not hold to the correct doctrines that you and I hold to. You and I are the 'only ones' on earth with the true and correct doctrines, except sometimes I do worry about you.
---MikeM on 11/29/07


1st Cliff, interesting story. Thanks.
---InimicusStultitiae on 11/29/07


1st Cliff, just curious, are you still in some part of the Russellite movement, or perhaps a Christadelphian?
---InimicusStultitiae on 11/29/07


I was one of Jehovah's witnesses for more than 20 yrs. served in every position in the congregation including "Overseer"(pastor)I left 20yrs.ago and have been "shunned" by my family ever since,including a daughter. The problem is not so much with their "theology" but with the "Organization" that demands absolute obedience, and total mind control!...cont
---1st_cliff on 11/29/07


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#2. They use the word "truth" 'till it becomes 2nd nature like. "how long have you been in the truth" truth funerals,truth picnics, etc..Picking their NW Bible apart doesn't phase them much as they used the KJV for decades before. Their failed prophecies are excused by saying "Oh well, the light gets brighter and brighter 'till the perfect day" They don't study the bible, per se, they study "publications"
---1st_cliff on 11/29/07


Andrea, you are a good person and I appreciate your encouragement.
---InimicusStultitiae on 11/28/07


I S - don't give up if you keep you focus on Christ and not on man you'll never be disappointed.
Until we give in and let the Lord really be LORD of our lives it is hard to see why He even bothers with us, but He does. He loves us even when we're off the mark - it really is His righteousness not our own.
I know a good radio Christian program that is wonderful for sorting out the nonsense (nondenominational - loving grace ministries - you can listen to past programs free - you won't be disappointed.
---andre5846 on 11/28/07


I S - don't give up if you keep you focus on Christ and not on man you'll never be disappointed.
Until we give in and let the Lord really be LORD of our lives it is hard to see why He even bothers with us, but He does. He loves us even when we're off the mark - it really is His righteousness not our own.
I know a good radio Christian program that is wonderful for sorting out the nonsense (nondenominational - loving grace ministries - you can listen to past programs free - you won't be disappointed.
---andre5846 on 11/28/07


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I S - don't give up if you keep you focus on Christ and not on man you'll never be disappointed.
Until we give in and let the Lord really be LORD of our lives it is hard to see why He even bothers with us, but He does. He loves us even when we're off the mark - it really is His righteousness not our own.
I know a good radio Christian program that is wonderful for sorting out the nonsense (nondenominational - loving grace ministries - you can listen to past programs free - you won't be disappointed.
---andre5846 on 11/28/07


Yes, I was in the RCC until I was 17 when I left because of the hypocrisy I saw.
---Helen_5378 on 11/28/07


I was a Vedantist back in the 1970s. I left, but what they taught often made more sense than the Christianity I have been taught, and I am tempted to go back.
---InimicusStultitiae on 11/27/07


Lord Jesus just break strongholds, break the unholy ties over the people that raed these posts, Lord be glorified in us. We love ya LORD!!! We love ya.
We are free and free indeed in Christ be liberated from all cults, false prophets - false prophecies and doctrines of men and demons. BE RELEASED!! Praise God - He is good, forever and ever. I may not see you today but someday soon we will meet - be blessed in His presence.
---Andrea on 11/27/07


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I was a Mormon growing up. But, when I became an adult and started seeking the truth, I found Jesus. That was 40 years ago.
---Susie on 11/27/07


I was a mormon for about 18 mo.
I left bc they talked about Jos Smith more then Jesus over 20 years ago.
---Andrea on 11/26/07


I was once in two cults: Sanguinarius and Children of the Night. I was also a Laveyan follower. It was pretty dangerous and started a lot of addictions for me. For a brief time it also took away my literal insanity and that was pretty intense too. I think people who get into cults just want to be accepted and that was what dragged me down...
---Raechel on 11/26/07


About 30 years ago, I got involved with the Jehovah's Witnesses for about a year, until I realized much of their theology was based on twisting scriptures into saying just what they wanted, and many practices they accused other Christian denominations of doing, they were also doing themselves.

I found the experience educating, because I learned Christianity was not just some 2000 years dead religion, and I have been much more vigilant with respect to "strange doctrines".
---StrongAxe on 11/26/07


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I've never been in a cult and I never will ,but let me say this if your in one and you don't feel good about it ,probly GOD is trying to tell you to get out of it.
---judy on 11/24/07


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