Religion comes from the Latin word that means “relating back to the source”,( Relecio ) So anyone can relate to their source of creation in whatever way it works for them and it is valid. People using it to control people through fear and as an excuse to kill people and start wars is just a control used for their own means and does not reflect the true nature of the force that exists all around us.
This force unconditionally, without judgment, allows the sun to shine and touch all people and for the rain to fall clean them without saying this one is worthy and this one is not. This unconditional force causes the seed to grow into a plant. As we can only see the effects of the wind as it passes, the forces of nature we call laws of physics are the unseen manifestations of this greater mystery. Some call them principals.
“That which is not of the Tao will not last long” is a quote from The Tao Te Ching, meaning that what is not aligned with these natural forces is in opposition to them and thus , as a tire out of alignment and balance will destroy itself as its motion pushes against the natural forces. That which is in alignment and balance will, will be assisted and supported by the forces that it is acting”with”. Much the same as rowing upstream is different than rowing downstream, one direction you row with ease and the other you fight the current.
Since we live in a world of duality it is possible to choose to oppose the natural flow of things, to act against what is life giving and that which assists life. It is also possible to be a force of assistance and service, to dedicate oneself to act as the life giving side of the duality and bring joy and what people see as the the good things of life. The life giving and good ways of being exist only because there is the opposite. Neither is really “Bad” or “Good since each requires the other to exist.
It is up to us, in choosing our thoughts and actions in every moment which force we will serve.
What we need to look at is the outcome of our actions to determine what we would be supporting, Will it give life or will it take it? Will it support creation or cause destruction. I think the saying “Not my will but Thy will” is trying to say that one desires they act in alignment with the life giving side of things which most people label “good”.
If we consider that what is “good” or correct, is life giving, then the”correctness” of actions can be measured by their outcome in relation to the support of survival. Survival can be considered at many levels. Personal, the family, The Community, Man as a species, The Planet, and so on…
When you consider the correctness of an action in consideration of all these levels and how it will affect their survival it becomes apparent how “Correct” the action is.
Once you can see this then it is your choice whether to act it out or not. Such is Free Will, though whatever you do has a result and is not free. Something(s) reap the result of your actions and thoughts, you are always included in that.” Life is a cycle, a cycle is a circle, and in a circle all things return to where they began” Creation or destruction are always the result of your thoughts and actions. I have heard Karma also described as the law that states “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”
So if we can relate to our source as the life-giving force, then is not being “spiritual” or in alignment with the way of “spirit”, the life-giving unseen force in nature that most consider “good” as easy as considering the outcome of our actions as to its support of survival?