"Never give your power away to religion in ANY form. Religion is NOT spirituality."
Religion is the broad term for different forms of worshipping a deity. I am Christian, and I have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Christ. It has nothing to do with religion per se.
I don't think religion is intended to corrupt, but it's when people start to believe that a mere man, a mortal if you will, has all the answers, is omnipotent like many feel about the Pope that poses a problem. Man is weak, and sinful, and that's why only God can save us.