Cults Are Defined Within Society

1290 Words Sep 27th, 2015 6 Pages
Lauren French
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9/18/15
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Cults are defined in society as, “a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister,” states Dictionary.com. Cults are defined this way because society does not think that the beliefs and practices of this group of people is normal. Cults are created because they have different beliefs and practices than everybody else.

To begin with, there are many different types of cults. One that we have already discussed in class is The Heaven in Space Cult. This cult was created by Marshall Applewhite because they wanted to reach an alien space craft. This group of people believed in their bodies only being vessels to move. They thought that Earth was going to be wiped clean and that everyone had to leave immediately. On heavensgate.com it says that, “all members had to give up all human-like characteristics such as family, friends, sexuality, individuality, jobs, money, and possessions.” In an attempt to experience their religion, 39 people ended up committing suicide. Applewhite believed that when they died, a UFO (unidentified flying object) would take them to “another level beyond human.” On December 21st, this group hoped that saviors would come take them away once the world was supposed to end in 2012. Most of the followers were living together in a commune in France. Even after these deaths have occurred, people still believe that there is another level beyond human life on…
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