As we all know, religion doesn't make people better. However, without religions, the situation'll also be the same. At least that's how I think it is. We all have our weaknesses. Even our strengths can be our weaknesses, as well. Our strengths can act like a boomerang against us, especially if we've cultivated them to the extreme.
I've witnessed the so-called religious people (who know more about religious theories than I do) fail to be "religious" in their daily affairs. They can perform religious practices very well and convincingly and they can cite religious verses very well. However, they've failed to follow this rule: love your neighbours just like you love yourself. They love themselves more than they love their neighbours, thus they follow this advice so happily and effectively: the end justifies the means. And when they're done doing that, they think they're so blessed by God, so they praise Him immensely without realizing that they've defiled their own act of worship.
Some others are so twisted in their religious thinking that they think they're the holiest ones. Thus they preach on what they believe in and try to feed it to others without realizing that they're also stained. Everybody's stained! Yet they fail to see the stains all over themselves and they keep on preaching without admitting their own stains.
I have a problem with people who use religion to get what they want. I have a problem with holier-than-thou type of people. I have a problem with people who know a lot about religious theories, but they seem to "forget" morality and ethics. Greed, lust, ambition overrule them. They contort religion to their own liking. They bring shame to their own religions.
However, at the end of this contemplation, I look back upon myself and I find myself stained, as well. Let me just not try to change others, but first change myself. Let me not try too hard to see other people's faults. Let me just realize that humans are humans, thus they're prone to fail when they face temptations. Simply because we have free will to choose and simply because we don't always choose the right thing. Let me learn from my mistakes and forgive others who've done me wrong. Let me live a balanced life, so that I may choose to do the right things every single day for the rest of my life. This is my prayer for me and everybody else. May God help us all.