Religions were formed with good intent, they all just kinda lost the plot along the way, if one studies up on all religions you will see big similarities which pop up, the deeper you go the more you will find, that means at some baselevel all religions share basic concepts, now unfortunately most religious teachings have been lost or corrupted over time, thus one needs to truly search to find answers. Religions, all of them, in my eyes were created as a way to remind the soul where it comes from, that there is something more out there in the universe than just the percievable reality we are presented with daily, to remind us of the universe, and all within it and how to work in flow with it instead of against it, if people could have just held onto that simplistic concept instead of overcomplicating it life as a whole would be in a mcuh better state.
Before religions there was purely understandings, understandings which could be used to get wherever it is you need to go, whether on physical or a soul level, these understandings are what were taken to make things such as modern magick, buddhistic teachings on meditation and soul release, pagan teachings on the god and goddess, the list goes on and on.
Good thing is all the understandings are still there, held within everyone if they only are willing to push deep enough to find it, the rest can be found by tearing apart any and all religions and only holding onto the truths, and with these understandings there isn't much one can't achieve, hence the saying which many khaotes live by - nothing is real, everything is permitted... we limit ourselves due to the misconceptions of the generations before us.
sorry for ranting.