We are all acquainted with the famous saying by Karl Marx that states, "Religion is the opiate of the masses." You have to ask yourself what are the similarities religion has to drug addiction? Back when I was growing up, there were people that would suddenly do a 180 degree life change after being exposed to some religious narrative. We used to call them Jesus freaks even though we basically worshiped the same deity as they did. They were just all of the sudden different than they were the day before and in an almost Stepford Wife kind of trance. It was creepy. I had a sister that went through that kind of change and she was no dummy to begin with. It wore off eventually but it took weaning her off of the substance she seemed to crave, that substance being religion. There have been no shortage of modern-day Christian cults from David Koresh and the Branch Davidians to Jim Jones and Jonestown. Christianity is be no means immune from cult following nor is any other religion for that matter. I know someone personally whose parents brought their own daughter into a Christian cult and basically gave her to the leader of the cult when she was a teenager. She eventually escaped and her parents rejected her as a result. When does a religious belief crossover into the cult status? Why are people so prone to becoming addicted to spiritual leaders that they forsake their own offspring? Should we treat religious addiction like any other physical addiction? Where is the line?