In the purest sense, religion is a vehicle of spirituality.
Regrettably, so many have assaulted religion with ego (the source of all evil). The true purpose of religion and spirituality is the elimination of ego and reawakening of the sleeping immortal within.
When you can stand apart from your physical body and go wherever you will to go, then you have taken a major step. When ego has been quashed with humility, love, responsibility and faith (perfect confidence), then you have arrived.
Ego is all about dichotomies and attachments. The Pharisee was "good," but only for ego's sake. There is a state of good beyond the dichotomies of this world. That is the aim or goal of spirituality through the vehicle of religion.
So many Christians have given in to ego and have lost their way. They recite scripture as if they know its true meaning and are not humble enough to realize that there is yet much more to learn.