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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinity View Post
    My experience has left me with strong anti-religious views so I completely understand where you're coming from.

    I don't understand how people get caught up in situations like this, I just know and accept it happens, individuals putting their religion before family is a sad thing, I feel sorry for them.

    My grandmother died last week and I don't feel anything except sadness for who she was in that she would put religion above grandchildren, I haven't had a relationship with her since I was a child and still in the religion. There was no call for her to disown people not in the religion as far as I'm aware (unlike some faiths demand) and it certainly wasn't something she ever vocalised but at the same time she never attempted to create a relationship with me or my siblings despite always being able to. Way I see it she just didn't need to, she had her church and that was her family.

    I don't know how your sister is coping with this, when there's a child and emotional connection involved it makes it really tough to accept, I hope she can move on, with her families support.
    My experience is that many people make religion the centrifuge of their lives, and as such, family swings on it. For instance, marriage might by a firm commitment that someone makes for religious purposes, or maybe people just use it as a script for morality. There's actually a fine line between many main stream religions and hardcore fundamental religions. I really don't know how to distinguish anymore, seeing as I was brought up in a certain culture.

    Right now, I still get mail from people I used to know when I attended a church. Every one has a religious overtone, and with the repetitious nature of it, I'm inclined to say that it's almost a form of brainwashing that permeates our culture. Albeit, you can't escape all forms of repetition, so it becomes a matter of determining what kind of brainwashing is healthy to be exposed to. For some people, religion is, as Marx put it, "The opium of the masses". For some people, it's alcohol, and living with it can be just as bad as driving under the influence. You run the risk of hurting people while inebriated.

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    Back to topic, my aunt and my cousins were involved in a cult of sorts for a few years. It was odd constantly having cult members at family gatherings, to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Back to topic, my aunt and my cousins were involved in a cult of sorts for a few years. It was odd constantly having cult members at family gatherings, to say the least.
    Would you mind stating which group they were involved with?

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    It was a non-denominational church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    It was a non-denominational church.
    What exactly distinguished it as a cult?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    It was a non-denominational church.
    I see. It's really not hard for someone in a leadership position to abuse authority and use elements of mind control for any given group. You might not be distinguished as a cult, but many churches operate with these elements in place. If there's a hierarchy of people you respect as being ordained by God to lead a body, who's to say when their revelations and translation of scripture are off the mark and not actually revealed through "God"? Fact is, a majority of people thirsting for a system that will satiate a spiritual appetite will compliantly follow and believe things are moving in the best interest of "God" and his people. It's quite frightening.

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    I'm trying to think of something valuable to say about this topic.... But I can't even begin to process something as stupid as a cult.

    Kids, don't do cults.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    It was a non-denominational church.
    Har har har!

    I went to one of those non-denominational churches for the majority of my life. It seems like those from the non-denominational upbringing think that Catholics are basically part if a cult, the same is vice versa with Catholics. All them rituals them Catholics have is just religious! That damn false idol pope is really probably a satanist.

    Yuppers.

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    One of my ex-boyfriends when I was younger had a brother who converted to the Mormon church, and when Mormon brother married his wife, his family wasn't even invited to the "real" wedding because they weren't Mormons. I also found out that they wear sacred long johns and pray for their dead and non-Mormon relatives to someday have a planet of their own.

    I also once made the mistake of allowing Mormons to tell me about their religion one time when I was living in Vegas, and the two guys practically stalked me afterward trying to get me to come to their church: calling repeatedly, even randomly showing up at my apartment.

    I think Mormonism is a cult, srsly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentMind View Post
    Har har har!

    I went to one of those non-denominational churches for the majority of my life. It seems like those from the non-denominational upbringing think that Catholics are basically part if a cult, the same is vice versa with Catholics. All them rituals them Catholics have is just religious! That damn false idol pope is really probably a satanist.

    Yuppers.

    (the pope is a satanist though - no shizz)
    My advice: lay off the booze.

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