Free2beme, I totally agree with all you said and what others have said. Still there lives within me a need to connect to the Divine or what I now perceive to be Divine. So I still go to Church, but don't have any intention of religion putting up boundaries for me. I find comfort in the religious practices, the prayer, the calling upon the universe to hear us. I currently go to a liberal Presbyterian Church. I don't worry about about the reciting of the apostles creed, as I know the Divine I recognize is much bigger than what a church can hold. Still I find the human relationships from other people good too. I don't believe the bible is the only word of god, but neither does the pastor which makes it much easier to listen to him. He recognizes that people of all faiths are reaching out for the divine within us all and wanting to be better people.
So the question is then, since pure religion is an oxymoron, can we still find benefit from any of from any religious practice today?