In the Beginning was the Word.
I think that here's a clue to the real meaning of religion that gets lost in the shuffle.
Two thousand years ago(a little less) the story of Jesus was a great leap forward in thinking.
As always, there are 'forces' allowing progress and 'forces' holding us back.(but from ''what " though?)
That's it though isn't it? We all live in the present and can look at 'mankind' or society through the eyes of an author of some book.
The forces keeping us back(from what?) are parental, the early mind-model that your mom and dad taught you. (Basically, 'here are our mind-models, slightly used, but servicable'.)
As you 'grow', battling through the 'hormone stage', being an organic 'model' too, with IT'S wants and needs, your streaming consciousness has to weed out the insane from the even more insane (sometimes such is 'free-will').
Think of it, if we imagine all the 'thoughts and ideas' of EVERYONE, what a stinky soup of boobs and cocks and hatred, lust and calculus and Jesus and magic and.. everything all mushed together.
In your streaming consciousness you, only you can make the decision to put all your money in an envelope and send it to me! (you have the ability!)
No, what I mean is that only you 'get to' build your mind-model as progressive, hopeful, forward-looking OR parental, harking back to mythological 'good ol' days'.
What I'm trying to say is that evolution has gone 'mental'(not insane) and 'the Word' is how we are trying to infect each other with the 'virus' of magical thinking or evolve our mind-models to embrace 'beyond religion'.
The Word, i.e. communication beyond 'mama said "be careful out there", is how we're evolving NOW.
But I think that the message from the past, the Old and New Testaments are crippling remnants of parental guidance gone wild, the path of the theist is a dead end, stuck in the duality that parents NEED to use as simple explanation to their children. A voice from the past.
If that means anything to you.