Philosophy of religion
Create a superhuman character performing amazing feats, make him speak very good proverbs and parables which find easy acceptance among people, thus make him an authority on spirituality, and then make him speak business: Become rich through improper means (Luke 16:1-12) and avoid going into hell by sharing a portion of the ill-gotten wealth to the poor (Mathew 25:31-46; contrast Luke 16:19-31) which resulted in many orphanages and similar institutions coming into existence with the rich sponsoring them and the management living in luxury while working on behalf of the poor. Or make him provide basis for adoption of rituals that ensures a luxurious living for the management.
What's your point?
A person goes to Paradise or Hell because of what's in his heart. Neither is permanent; they're where you go to await the resurrection. You can't trick God by works, nor can one be saved by them. One cannot be saved without works (i.e., baptism, etc.), but one cannot be saved by them.
My point is that in big picture God is not using any religion but is being used by religions--with a commercial intent.
When I approach the religious leaders for various reasons, I have noticed their reactions changing according to the nature of the request I have. They seem to be very sweet when it brings some monetary benefit to them, but seem to be irritated/even exploding when you go for things such as a birth certificate which brings them no monetary benefit. Yet in their public talk they instruct us to be sweet in our behaviour with one another.
This I have observed among JWs too. If you invite the elders/COs for meal, or give them gifts, they know how to be sweet with you.
Please check out in YouTube: Philosophy of religion in a nutshell.
That's my belief exactly.
Thank you for that YouTube link--I watched it. Good video. I agree with his idea that every religion is a different perspective of its founder who was only catering to the need of his time, yet truth may be far away from them all.