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#78 - bleeduntildeath ONLINE (09/19/2012) [-]
there's a difference between cult and religion, so if this was a dig at religion, fail
User avatar #250 to #78 - pokemonstheshiz (09/19/2012) [-]
Technically, all religions we're considered cults at their conception. Not cult in the term we think of today (crazy people drinking cyanide) but cult as in an outside religious group. The start of Christianity was considered a cult to both the Jews and Romans. To be honest that's the only major religion that was started after we kept written records(I don't know enough about Islam to explain it), but you can safely assume that all other religions started that way unless they are absolutely true, which obviously cannot be proven. In religions such as Hinduism we can't even trace which specific branch was the original, the rest would have been considered cults. And unless Hinduism is true, the original Hindus would have been considered a cult by the others of their tribe. Religions evolve among themselves, and even more so when in contact with other religions. Don't think that's true? Just take a look at how few Christians follow the Old Testament now, when in the Middle Ages it was accompanied with all the other religious rules. For the most part, when practices of a religion become not socially acceptable, that religion tends to change, and anyone who doesn't is considered an extremist or in a cult.
#93 to #78 - snowshark (09/19/2012) [-]
That all works upon the assumption that the term cult is being used in reference to religious beliefs when in fact the majority of cults these days aren't about religions at all. The term does not mean religion specifically, just a group whose beliefs, actions and so on are considered bizarre or illegal.

Technically Bronies were a cult once, but now they have grown into a sub-culture. (For better or for worse, I'm not here to judge.) The same with Sci-Fi nerds and perhaps most relevant in this case, geeks. Back twenty years ago, if you spent as much time on your PC as you do now at your age the chances are that you would have been considered a geek. Now, this is mainstream. Video Games were the same too.

This is not just about religion. It is an accurate description of the evolution of culture.

It just so happens that religious nutters (note: Not all religious people because some of you are really quite nice indeed, just the nutters) form cults around bizarre practices devoted to religions and it was these folks that appeared in fiction thus spreading the impression that the word cult merely meant a deviant religious group.

So, not a fail.
#96 to #93 - bleeduntildeath ONLINE (09/19/2012) [-]
he freely admitted it was a dig at religion, so yes, he was using it as a dig at religion, so yes, fail
User avatar #97 to #96 - snowshark (09/19/2012) [-]
That was what the OP said. The creator of the comic strip likely had a different viewpoint on things. It was small-minded of the OP to say that.
User avatar #254 to #97 - furdabip (09/19/2012) [-]
I like that my comic seems to transcend the point about religion I originally intended, but yes, I did make the comic, and intended it as a dig at religion. I am now understanding that the comic could be used for anything in society. :-)
User avatar #267 to #254 - snowshark (09/19/2012) [-]
You'd be surprised just how easy to predict humans are. Spesifics are usually off but the important parts are the same. They make a choice. They feel their choice is right. They defend their choice from any and all who contradict them, regardless of sense.

Religion vs Atheism
Mac vs PC
X-Box vs Play Station
Mario vs Sonic
CoD vs Halo

They're all the same. The only difference between them is that religion is the only one that has no definite proof in any way shape or form. It doesn't make it wrong, it just makes atheism's argument sound so much more logical even though religion, by it's nature, tends to be illogical, even sometimes going so far as to spit on logic like christianity and Judeism. (The apple in Eden gave them logic and that was their doom.)

I think it might be a fairly apt metaphor. Science represents the serpent which is spreading logic and causing the fall or religion in many places. Ironic, no?
User avatar #114 to #97 - RoxasKH ONLINE (09/19/2012) [-]
OP is the one who made the comic
#98 to #97 - bleeduntildeath ONLINE (09/19/2012) [-]
but that's what I am saying, I was addressing what op said, conflict resolved
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