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Religious Cults and Their Beliefs

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Religious Cults and their Beliefs

Religious Cults are ridiculed the world over, for their outlandish beliefs, and their even more outlandish behaviour, not only do we ridicule them but we shun them at every opportunity in the hope that they will go away and bother someone else. But there is no doubt that the people who create a religious cult are fantastic business people and know exactly how to market their target followers, without their business acumen, the cults would die a slow death and wouldn't be so popular.

Cults rake in billions of dollars every year from their gullible followers.

How much do you actually know about the cult religions? What do they believe in, apart from the Almighty Dollar?

Below you will find the some religious Cults and their strange beliefs

Sun Myung Moon

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The Moonies

The Unification church or as they are better known The Moonies, have a strict moral code.

They believe that Jesus appeared to Sun Myung Moon when he was 15 years old.

Strangest Belief- The Moonies believe that if you spend money in this life, it helps to allieviate the suffering of those in the afterlife.

you can learn more about the Moonies from their website.

Peter and Eileen Caddy

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The Findhorn Foundation

Founded in 1962 by Peter and Eileen Caddy and Dorothy Maclean.

the principle of The Findhorn Foundation is to build a self-sufficiant eco and spiritual community, that does everything together, growing food,building houses, and generating electricity via wind turbines.

They also spend alot of time dancing and celebrating together.

Strangest Belief

Followers are expected to live at the foundations house on the Scottish Isle of Iona, but only during the freezing winter months, to renew their Spiritual education.

for more info visit the Findhorn website

Bruce Hales

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The Exclusive Brethren

The Exclusive Brethren also known as The Raven Taylor-Hales Bretheren was created in the early 1800s by John Nelson Darby, the current leader is Australian Businessman Bruce Hales.

They believe in Jesus, followers are banned from television, radio and the Internet and members are expected only to do business with other members.

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Strangest Belief

Members are only allowed to socialise activly when they are celebrating the Lord's supper.

Although they don't allow members to use the internet The Exclusive Brethren do have a website.

David Miscavige

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The Church Of Scientology

David Miscavige is Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center

Scientology addresses the spirit and believes that man is more than a product of his genes. Believers join together in pursuing the "Ultimate reality".

Each follower has a one on one session with a Scientology auditor to help locate that persons "Area of concern".

Strangest Belief

During Childbirth, the mother should be silent because it is believed that the noises evoke bad memories when the child gets older.

visit the Scientology website for more info

The Chaos Star

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Chaos Magick

Chaos Magick was founded by Austin Osman Spare, Ray Sherman and Peter Carrol.

Chaos Magicians - Believe that reality can be altered through the power of will, seeing belief as a state of mind.

Strangest Belief

Chaos Magicians believe that they can help bring about the change that they desire through Orgasm.

The Chaos Magick website

Mario Rodriguez Cobos

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The Humanist Movement

The Humanist Movement - was founded in the 1960s by Argentinian Mario Rodriguez Cobos.

The aim of the movement is to overcome suffering through social and mental changes in the present world. All followers have to undertake a strict non-violence vow.

Strangest Belief

That money has become the most important thing in the world, creating violence and injustice, meaning that people no longer have the possibility to live as decent human beings.

The Humanist website

There are literally thousands of Religious cults out there each with their own set of beliefs and different ways of living their lives. they are big business and the Almighty Dollar keeps rolling in.

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Comments

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on August 24, 2014:

And now the cult mentality is tripping into politics a little too much - guess they figured out that sometimes the herd mentality has other uses. It's hard to believe how this can happen, but it sure can and has!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on August 23, 2014:

Some of these I knew about, some I did not. Any belief that recruits others, becomes an obsession, and takes over someone's life is a cult. Religion has caused more wars down through recorded history, than any other cause. If I believe something, why can I not just believe it? But do I have the right to mesmerize and persuade others into believing the same thing? And if they don't, do I have the right to treat as less than human...or in the case of Jim Jones and Jonestown, cause them all to commit suicide? For me, my religion is within myself, and the oldest religion in the world is the worship of nature. That sounds a whole lot better to me than all the mumbo-jumbo these cult leaders spout. Thanks for this list and lots of things I didn't know.

concerned parent on May 29, 2012:

I believe their is another cult to be on the lookout for in Tucson, a member of it by the of Art, who preys on the spiritually vulnerable. He preaches the Kingdom of the Beast, and the serpent seed. He became involved with my grown children who just moved out on their own. I was over for dinner one night, and he brought over this literature dictating his beliefs. It was all over this beast kingdom, ect..ver.y dark, gloomy and scary. Fear motivation stuff. He put in a movie about the holocaust, I am a jew, but it was a very scary movie, and only a reminder of darker times. He constantly involves himself with the kids daily lives-obsessivley. Hes much older, my first thought was pedifile, but hes even welcomed hiself and followers into their home uninvited, when they left door unlocked. My youngest daughter has begun to complain that he disturbs her, and calls her about their personal life. Its so scary to watch this and feel helpless because I have to wonder why my other child does see through it?

makeetee on March 08, 2012:

Very informative. I'm not sure why but I'm also drawn to this kind of topic. I think what really makes cult different from religious group, is the weirdness or the oddity of some rituals. Stuff which isn't normally accepted by the society or by the general public.

I'm not also religious because I believe that we shouldn't confine ourselves to certain ideas, beliefs or dogmas. Sometimes, the very that unites us is also the thing that divides us.

I can say that I still have a good relationship with the supreme being eventhough I'm not active in the church. Also, I see no wrong in joining any religion as long as it will benefit you in terms of moral, spiritual and personal development. If joining a cult or religion will just give you headache or trouble, then why join? That's why we have brains, to use in making decisions and choices. Whatever your choice, it is your sole responsibility to face the consequence that comes along with it.

Well, life is simple for me. It's the people that complicates it. Thank you for a very interesting topic. Be blessed everyone :)

yo mama on November 10, 2011:

this was very helpful and informational.....thank you

buda ninja on September 20, 2011:

i think the cult are very interesting but i would NEVER JOIN ONE they are very odd

Angie on September 05, 2011:

I think this guy is very close. However, a cult is total control. They also teach that every 'religion" is a cult. Everytime, they describe themselves. Odd, eh?

MattA on June 22, 2011:

As a member of the Humanist Movement,listed above,from my experience, I'd say the info you have is not accurate. It is definitely not a big business.

I've never taken a vow. But what's the problem with non-violence? The world could use more of that.

kyblueyes on June 07, 2011:

I'm new to the wonderful world of hubbing and I stumbled across your article because, for some inexplicable reason, cults interest me A LOT!!! Weird, I know. This was very informative. I thought I was pretty well read on the subject but you listed some cults I hadn't heard of. Thanks.

mia pizzacalla on January 17, 2011:

thanks jimmythejock and i find your comment very interesting frogyfish cheers

menith from Helena, Montana on September 11, 2010:

I noticed some one in an earlier post asking what make s these groups cults. The popular definition of cult would include only fringe groups with really strange ideas like drinking poisoned cool-aid or dancing with poisonous snakes, etc. But in actuality the definition of cult in academia is mainly concerned with the number of adherents tot he religion. So, in truth, all religions are cults at one time or another in their history. Yes, that even includes Christianity. I forget what number of adherents are needed to go from being a cult to a religion, but there is an semi-official number.

Otherwise, it is also dependent on the establishment of the state. If the religion were started in a place with an already established and powerful religion, then id would be a cult. At least by the establishments definition.

My main point is that cults are not by definition evil. Yes, there are many that are or have been, but not all. As I said before, every religion has been a cult at one time. In the early days of Christianity, those people were considered to be in a cult. The same goes for the beginnings of Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and many many others.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on March 09, 2010:

I wondered what this hub would be...very informative and somewhat sad to read of some of those 'restrictions', and the grasp they can obtain on people. I too agree, they are basically from evil, not God.