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To fully explore the difference between Christianity and hyper-fundamentalism, one must first understand the difference between "Christian fundamentals" and "fundamentalism". Across the wide spectrum of diverse beliefs within Christianity, there are core principles that are almost universally accepted as the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian, such as the belief in Jesus Christ, his death, burial, and resurrection. Fundamentally, without this core belief, one could not call themselves a follower of Christ and therefore Christian.

Fundamentalists, on the other hand, extend these core beliefs to include additional beliefs that are not common among all members of the Christian faith. At the same time, they strongly feel that any who do not accept their non-core beliefs as "orthodox" cannot call themselves "Christian". Issues such as literal interpretation and Bible inerrancy based off of literal interpretation create dividing lines of separation between fundamentalists and other Christians because fundamentalists believe these issues should be considered as a "Christian fundamental". Non-fundamentalist Christians believe there is no strong case made in the Bible to support these issues, and therefore consider them to be extra-biblical commandments.

Hyper-fundamentalists recognize the line of separation between fundamentalist and non-fundamentalist Christians as spiritual warfare rather than doctrinal division. They consider any who do not strongly fight to defend the fundamentalist doctrine to be "weaker in the faith" or "disingenuous". To combat both non-fundamentalist Christians and the "weaker" fundamentalist Christians, hyper-fundamentalists extend the fundamentalist view of "orthodoxy" to include doctrines for the sole purpose of attacking the "weaker" fundamentalists. Rather than being supportive of uniting the Body of Christ, hyper-fundamentalists prefer to sever. They feel that the "weak" should be cut off from the "strong". As a result, many hyper-fundamentalist groups slowly transition into a destructive cult or cult-like structure.