The definition of cult includes a religious ideal with coercion, violence, and small numbers. The problem with this is that to some extant it applies to all religions, some will join chistianity because they are fearful of hell which could be considered a coersive mean of attaining followers, some also commit violence in the name of official religions yet those religions are not downgraded to cults. ultimatly the definition of cult vs religion is to vague and whether a belief is a cult or religion ultimatly depends on each individual (why they joined and if their willing to use violence).
Christians have no right to call Scientology a cult. So, you have people who are certain that a man in a robe transforms a cracker into the literal body of Jesus and then they say that what goes on in Scientology is crazy. All religions are equally false but nonetheless still religions.
It is both
Not even a question
While I don't believe ALL religions are cults, this one clearly is. This is coming from a self-proclaimed atheist. Let me break it down: Scientology teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. Its method of spiritual rehabilitation is a type of counselling known as auditing, in which practitioners aim to consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology) The only true religion is retrology!
This is tricky because technically they do have a system of faith which is the dictionary definition for religion by Google. I would personally not say they are a religion for good, which although many religions have bad qualities too, this one even treats its members badly which is attributed to cults. They also from what I've seen do no community outreach(charity) which Christians and many other religions do.
Its all a money scam.
I don't even know exactly what scientology is but since everyone is saying it's bad, I'll join.
a cult. although, they do have the legal amount of followers to be considered a religion in publics eye it has strange beliefs with cult like traditions
A scam it is. (say in Yoda's voice)
I picked cult cause I think cult means a false religion the only actual religions are the abrahamac faiths Islam Christianity and Judaism