Religion is not an end in itself.
I have come to understand that the ultimate goal of true religion is the death of (ego) self
and awakening of the true Self in the image and likeness of God.
When this goal is achieved, religion has served its purpose and is to be laid aside.
If indeed God (or Oneness) is the ultimate reality,
then anything that hinders or denies me access to this reality,
is surely idolatry.
This includes ‘spiritual practice’, ‘good works’ and sacraments.
If my religious practice is not edging me closer
to the point where I no longer need it,
then it has become a crutch.
If my religious practice prevents me from taking a leap into the unknown;
If it answers more questions than it presents;
If it binds me rather than free me to take risks;
If it holds back rather than nudge me forward,
then perhaps my religion has become an end,
rather than a means to One.
For true religion is not an end in itself, but a means in the journey to oneness with God.
When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him,1 Corinthians 15:28
so that God may be all in all.