Cult typically refers to a cohesive social group devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding population considers to be outside the mainstream, with a notably positive or negative popular perception.
By that defeninition UR is a cult.
There is some funny quote that states: "If you are taking to voices in your head you are insane but if miljons talk to the same voice you are part of a religion."
That quote is not far from the truth concerning UR. If UR grows it becomes mainstream. If it keeps growing it pushes the other religions into the cult.
Cult mainly has a negative feeling so they chose that over 'a smaller religion' for example.
Why mainstream Christains team up against UR? I don't know. Maybe it's even a good sign. Mainstream was so devided for centuries they started wars among eachother. Back the the whole world was a Belfast.
I would like to know how big those mainstream Christian movements really are. I don't know how things are where you live but here Churches are broken down because noone visits them. Even with so few churches teh only time they are filled is during Easter and Christmas. And I doubt the majority would even notice if their churchleader was replaced by someone from another denomination.
My point is if I extrapolate what I see in my country the 1 billion Christians on the world for 90% have to think very hard what Easter is about. Or just mention 3 book titles from the Bible.
They are a cult themselfs that artificially looks big. Perhaps the even have a fair number of UR people among them that otherwise can't find a church to attend too.
If I take this board as a guaging stick I think get the feeling many from this board are from the mainstrem religions. They are good followers of that religion. But they just changed ever into aion and some into all.
This site is named a "Christian Universalist' site. But I think we got Catholic-Unversalists, Protestant-Universalists and ?????-Universalists.
Mainstream people are othen not thinkers. Many do so, so it simply is right is their belief. Are such people religious? Are they knowing what they actully belief and pray too?
I think people that switched religion or changed their religion a 'little' by adding an UR component are the real thinkers and therefore the real believers.
Is UR still a cult about reading the above????