Do u know that religion is man's attempt to reach God?
Only thru revelation of God can man find Him. Do u know anyone who has found God thru a religion?
God became man in Jesus Christ. He said: I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father except thru Me.
Self-creation of GOD / UNIVERSE were all complete ,much before the humanity started tagging HIM with CONCEPTUAL APPRECIATION .
1. To explain scientific phenominon which people didn't understand (ex: beubonic plague was blamed on Gypsies and Jews, lightning was correlated w/ God's anger etc)
2. Royals and Tribal Chiefs endorsed religion and supported the priest class in order to maintain control over the people.
U reach God by doing good deeds and not being a self centered prick.....and by not marketing him shamelessly :)