Q: I was very active in a cult for several years, but eventually I became very disturbed over their demands, and last year I got out. But down inside, I’ve always had a hunger for God, and it’s still there. Where do I turn? — A.L.
A: There really is no difference between a cult and a religion. They both incorporate supernatural beliefs, worship, dogma, and ritual behavior. Neither is based on rational thought or verifiable evidence. A religion is just a cult that is practiced by a larger number of people. Cults are often mentioned in a derogatory manner because they have been associated with physical and emotional abuse. I would argue that many mainstream religions are guilty of the same.
I would advise you to turn to rationality and freethought. If you read the bible with an open mind and research bible origins and Christian history, you are likely to conclude that the bible is nothing more than man-made fiction (and poorly planned and written at that). For more information on this topic, see this post and others in the Rejecting Belief category.
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