Cults exist and their power is far reaching
You may think you’re far too intelligent to get sucked into a cult, but it may be happening to you right now, and you don’t even realize it. Most people get into cults because they’re searching for answers about a higher truth or because they’re seeking the friends and family they felt they never had.
What seems like a caring group of people can turn out to be a finance-draining, soul-sucking, brain-washing machine that it’s hard to escape once you’ve gone in too far.
Boiling a Frog
My parents joined a cult in west Texas when I was about 8-9 after searching for “the truth” their whole adult lives.
Long story short, it wasn’t that crazy at first. I like to use the frog in boiling water analogy. If it was that insane when they first started going, they wouldn’t have stayed.
It became a doomsday cult, multiple marriage, all the girls were married up by old elders leaving nothing for us young dudes so naturally, we rebelled.
My escape wasn’t as harrowing as some others but my leaving did set up me saving my 15 year old sister (under cover of darkness abducting her from my dads house and transporting had to my mom in LA) from marrying an elder who already had 4 wives and about 10 kids who was later arrested for molesting his step daughter.
It’s been a wild ride guys… (SaintBrandon)
I realized my family was in a cult when I was 10 and we had a burn party for the television. As it exploded, people chanted, “die, Satan! Die!” (gjsimpson1979)
Similar experience with my step mother, and her cultish church teachings. She made my step sisters burn their movie collection. Her reasoning? The wicked witch was a daughter of Satan. The seven dwarfs has promiscuity in it. And the best reason… E.T. is what a lesbian demon looks like. There are so many other example of batshit crazy things that church came up with. (Themicroscoop)
Swallowed in the Abyss
I grew up in the Family Radio cult. What they are mostly remembered for is their 2011 prediction of the end of the world and rapture. Spoiler: The world didn’t end. I was a young adult and able to leave in the chaotic aftermath without too much of a fight from my parents. I’m doing….okay. Many people are not. Some are still making more predictions.
I do want to take a second and say that 90% of the people in the group were kind people who really didn’t want the world to end, but were just so brainwashed that they really believed it. Some of the nicest, most giving people just got sucked in, chewed up, and swallowed in the abysses that was. (01938)