Cuius regio, eius religio ( the religion of the ruler was to dictate the religion of those ruled, Peace of Augsburg of 1555).
” Religion” is the ” Nation” itself, it was single entity at those time,at western hemisphere. But religion institution often met harsh collision with the spiritualist movement, it wasn’t similar at all. Religious institution often labelled spiritualist person as witch, or wizard,they disturbed the authority of religion.
While at the eastern hemisphere, religion and spirituality come together as single entity,it appeared as sincretic move, but real.
Scientist, engineer, artisan, and entrepreneur are having tendency to become spiritualist.They’re looking for absolute truth,overcoming bias, and peace for private room, while statesman,politician, lawmaker, bourgouise,and military are having tendency to maintain religion.They’re looking for absolute control, maintain leadership bias, and peaceful condition for public.
When a nation need loyalty from the follower, maintain the leadership, having text as positive law, now they become religion by definition,and that’s nothing wrong at all. All religion looking for conformity and uniformity among it’s follower,to maintain welfare and sovereignty.
Are you sure that your religion is a part of your search for the absolute truth? Or it’s a part of conformity with the culture and peer groups? Nothing wrong with that, because conformity is a part of our adaptive methodology,to survive with fellow mankind. Beside, we are having a tendency to follow our parents religion, without question.
A spiritualist personality looking for deeper faith without disturbing religion,and the diversity of religion, because they know, religion is the ancestor of nation, and everybody has a ” patriotic pride” to defence their version of truth.