rl, Where did you copy this from? It's full of nuance and no common sense. To suggest that religion tries to distinguish mysticism from religion is poking holes in both, because religion's thesis developed from mysticism. The bible was written long after the time of Christ, and the words that people supposedly spoke that's quoted in the bible cannot be verified.
When Was The Bible Written?
The Bible was written over a period of 1400 to 1800 years by more than 40 different authors. The Bible is a compilation of 66 separate books, divided into two primary divisions: the Old Testament (containing 39 books) and the New Testament (containing 27 books). It is believed that all of the books of the Bible were written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
In fact religion can be equated to philosophy (or love of wisdom), because it tries to seek values and reasons for our existence. Beyond that, trying to equate religion to science cannot be done. Religion is based on here-say; science must show proof for its veracity. Science must conform to facts that can be tested and proved. There isn't anything in religion that meets the same criteria.