One could say that the time series is perhaps reverse. Ie First there was such a monarchy
and oligarchy model of power in societies and afterwards these religions simulated it, and
tried to create a superior quality metaphysical monarchy or oligarchy that will raise the
level and quality of the corresponding social monarchy or oligarchy. And partly perhaps this
has indeed really happened.
But if already from ancient Greece there were social models of direct participatory democracy,
they should also exist religions to suggest metaphysical and spiritual direct and participatory
democracy. Even if today the accepted model of social power is the representative democracy,
any small groups of superior planetary beings which is organized as monarchy or oligarchy, and
which group wants to have universal and significant influence on humanity, inevitably
such a group would act as spiritual and metaphysical obstacle for the evolution for the
masses of humanity both for the social-cultural development of and for the collective
metaphysical psychic development. And of course the reason is humanity needs a model of
power which is not monarchy or oligarchy but (direct or participative) democracy. If on the other
hand such a small group of superior existences want simply to exist for their own sake, and
not play a dominant role in humanity then there is no such a danger.
Unfortunately although some religions initiated as liberation movements, it is well known that most of them resulted as means of trapping the majority of the individuals and contributing to them being kind of prey or vassals of social elite power. It is only to a small minority of individuals that the earthly religions have had a truly benevolent influence.
Here are some sayings by Dalai Lama, on that the earthly religions should not monopolize morality and virtues, and the spiritual evolution should be based in a much wider way on the concept of social good and evolution of the human existence rather than on religions.
Some quotes by Dali Lama the 14th in his book "Ancient world, Modern world, Ethics for the new millennium" 1999 http://www.dalailama.com/biography/books
Chapter 3 "As I have remarked, the religious faith is not a prerequisite neither for the moral behavior neither for happiness of its own"
End of the quotes by Dali Lama
The next is a video where J. Krishnamurti is talking about the religious mind , beyond any religion.
NON-THEISTIC BUT METAPHYSICAL HUMAN EXISTENTIALISM.
6. The physical life was initially a divine and sacred spiritual creation by many spiritual creators in higher physical invisible realities before it was brought by lowering its frequency billion of years ago, by the "founders", to the visible physical reality in which it went on evolving and being self-creating.