Goboy, thanks for giving me the chance to, for once, agree with emarkp. Mormons are nutty for Jesus. I am an exmo and deny most claims of Mormonism outright for logical reasons (not for another dogma), even the parts about Jesus being divine. Mormons do actually have way too much extra spit for Christ, even though it is not kosher with the vapid Pat and Jerry show. I was raised as a Mormon to believe Jesus was my inner friend and advocate against the world, but I am the wiser now. Bear in mind, please, that Christianity struggled violently with its dogma in the early days and church courtyards flowed with blood in Antioch and Alexandria and elsewhere over these minor issues by intra-Christian mob battles. Devout Christians have since been systematically tortured and murdered for slight dogmatic differences that they had the nerve to suggest out loud. (How dare they venture to form an opinion about religion!) Nevermind that the Cathari were nearly annihilated, women and children, by fellow Christians over issues never outlined in scripture, perhaps issues that were so small to be merely the belief in a holy grail.
I think that “cult” implies something that grows, from a belief that must spread itself–a revolution. Religion, from the Latin re-ligare, or to “re-bind” implies a refreshed bond with something basic to all. That something, according to the word usage at the time, would likely have been what we now think of Nature-at-large, including other humans and human nature, and all the unseen forces associated with it. It never meant to divide, demonize, avoid, separate, polarize, resist, or defeat anything, which is a notion that montheism is founded on (even defeating death itself, the ultimate triumph over nature).