Religion is not synonymous with power struggle or hypocrisy. There is nothing inherent in religion which causes it to seek power or cause the religious to disregard the religion's laws but teach them anyway. Religion asserts certain ideas to be true. Believing that one thing is true does not cause you to seek power over people believing differently - it is possible for people to respect opinions. Believing in a spiritual idea does not cause you to be a hypocrite either.