Most religions have taught the separation between God or gods and human lives. Thus, people believe that they are only pawns of some external, irrational force and that there is no reason or rational explanation for how things happen in the world.
The amount of which anyone is subject to the seemingly irrational force of God depends upon one’s direct relationship to God (or spiritual energy if you’re a Taoist.) The farther away you are, the more irrational it seems. The closer you are to the spiritual energy (or God), the more you have control over it.
Thus, the goal of religions or spiritual teachings differs depending upon how close or how far an individual is from God.
If a person is distant, then spiritual teaching is mostly for emotional relief. If a person is closer, the teaching shows how to integrate the energy or force as a part of one’s life.