The concept of religion, in my opinion, is misunderstood by a vast majority of people. Being “religious” or abiding by religious laws and living within a religious community and sending our kids to religious schools……is not going to “save” us.
Religion is far more complex than just doing what we think is the “right” thing in G-d’s eyes.
Most of us think that being polite, going to Church or Synagogue, raising our kids not to have premarital sex, and proclaiming ourselves to be G-d fearing is all it takes to be “religious”.
In fact, the purpose of religion, in my opinion, is not even to teach us how to be “ethical” or “moral” for the sake of other people.
I believe that religion, if studied properly, guides us on the path to finding G-d (or The Life Force of the Universe) Himself – and teaches us how to attach ourselves to It’s energy.