A big danger in today’s world is falling in with a cult. They can be easy to spot if you know what to look for. However for the average person it can be difficult to distinguish a cult from harmless religion or even a sporting club. Many would argue that all religions are cults, but that is because they don’t understand them or their benefits, or because they just don’t like anyone that tells them taking advantage of others is wrong and that they shouldn’t lie or do anything they want even if it hurts others.
But back on topic, Cults however are quite dangerous. They usually have a charismatic leader, who at first will tell you everything you want to hear. They will pull you in with flattery. They especially prey on the lost. Those who feel under appreciated, those who seek attention and long for friends and companionship. These cults will promote togetherness and say things like “You will never have to go through anything alone.” call themselves family, and make them feel important and togetherness. It will always start out nice and friendly. But their goal is to get you isolated. Once you are in they will nicely, but firmly insist you disconnect yourself from your family and friends. “They wont understand” or “They will only hold you back” Things like that. They know that they can’t brainwash you if you still have connections to the outside world. Yes Brainwash. All these things are designed to squash your individuality and hinder your spiritual growth, so that you can not think for yourself.
It starts small, but once in they will use peer pressure to force you to do things. They will probably tell you it is to make you feel part of the group. They will tell you when to eat and when to do certain activities, but really it is to control you. Get you into a routine and what to expect. It is all subtle mind control. They teach you to get your emotional and social needs from the group. Controlling your time and needs makes you dependent on the cult. You feel you need them and therefore can not leave, after all you have cut all ties to your old life.
Also they tend to make you confess your sins and problems to the group. Then turn those confessions against you to pressure you. To make you feel guilty. To make you feel that you owe them. That you have to allow them control. They almost always make you give up things to the group or to the leader. Usually all your money and property. After all it must be shared by the group. Although the leader will take control of it for the benefit of everyone (especially him/her) They also hate when you ask questions or question their beliefs. They will force you to accept it without understanding it. They will become angry and even threaten you for asking. They may threaten you with expulsion, But then be merciful as long as you accept them with out question, This will feel like a real threat once you are in and isolated. Once you feel dependent on the group.
They may force you take on a new identity. A new name. This is one form of control. To strip you of identity and individuality. You may feel included, but no longer feel yourself.
For a start, look at the leader. How do they wield authority. Do they make decision for individual members. That is in a way that is beyond suggesting something. Do they hold all authority. Can they tell them what to eat, when, who they may marry, when to sleep. Who they can sleep with, meaning them, That happens a lot in such groups. The leader may even assign some divine right declaring themselves a messiah or even a deity. Giving them the right to take sexual advantage of whoever they choose, even children.
Many such groups will place themselves above the law. This is one factor that will make them seem ideal to younger rebellious generations. They will place their faith the new law. Even calling for self-sacrifice for their gain.
God never wanted us to follow blindly. He wanted us to think for ourselves, but to choose good. The book of Proverbs is all about wisdom. God wants us to understand what it means to choose good. Jesus taught in parables. Stories designed to make you think to understand them. Jesus taught that everyone was an individual and had a place with God. We don’t all have to be the same. Jesus is not about controlling our every move and hating anyone who thinks differently than we do. Or isolating ourselves and killing anyone who doesn’t convert to our beliefs.
You walk into a room, There is a pair standing to one side. A man and a woman. One of them starts flirting with you. You smile at them and they begin to chat with you. After a few minuets they practically beg you to go meet someone. They say that they really admire them and take you by the hand. They lead you away from everyone else and to a room with a few other people gathered around a man in a long robe. They refer to him as Allfather. He begins to speak to you and explain their faith. The two who brought you here are now standing by the closed door. As if to guard it. What are you going to do?
Allfather: 5/7/7 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Allfather is very charismatic. He is making a very good argument. The longer he talks the more your head starts to swim. It could be the heavy incense in the room with little ventilation. (-1 to mind) You can try to argue with him. (Spirit challenge 6) You can try to convince the two to let you out. (Mental challenge 5 Spirit challenge 5)
You can battle Allfather and all five members.
Members: 5/4/6 ❤ ❤ ❤