Sorry, I missed your post somehow.
I'm not saying a religion can't be a cult. I'm saying a religion is not a cult.
A "false religion" is a cult.
A "false cult" is a true religion portrayed by others as a cult.
The truth lies in what the person or group actually is.
Only the person or group knows for sure.
They can delude themselves into thinking otherwise, but if they are true, then they are that thing.
They may betray their true identity, we all do regarding things at times, at least I believe so. We are human, we are imperfect.
So, then in order to be true again, we must return to our belief and give more. Acceptance of our transgressions, forgiveness, and turn that into action, true action to the outside world, other people.
We give, we take our transgressions and turn them into gifts to others: our time, our love, our work, our understanding, etc.
Religions and cults, to me, are not the same thing.
If they were, then there would be no need for different words.
If those words mean the same thing to someone, that is their definition.
I don't think they're the same thing, but that's my definition.
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