Yes, you got that right. The next question should be. Did Jesus do that too? And the answer again would be – yes. Jesus had to deal with Hellenistic Judaism, Greeks, Romans, Sadducees, Zealots, Pharisees, Essenes, Orthodox Jews, Egyptians and several Christian movements and all their gods and beliefs. The difference is that Jesus was trying to build a better civilization where the right-wing pimping you are talking about is for self-enrichment.
The question that is hard to answer is. When you hear the word “God”, what do you think? Or what did people like Jefferson think? Deity or Knowledge. We know what Jesus thought – Knowledge. And Jesus claimed god was in all of us. That’s why morals is to teach wisdom. Knowledge is no good if not used correctly.
Another point. If most of the saying of Jesus came out of India. Jesus may have been aware, or it may have been common knowledge of the Creation of man by the upper and lower gods, the people of knowledge. If that was the case, then Deism may have been looked upon as god created earth for mankind. Which would be true. As meanings get changed over time you need to replace “created” with the word “domesticated” to get the meaning of the time. If you compare the OT genesis with the older genesis stories it is easy to see how the stories get changed and added to.
You have two major branches of religions. The Egyptian and the Jewish. Both were created by the “Word”. Or put another way, by knowledge. And the term god meant “knowledge” in religion. It only changed when the deities entered religion and became the controllers of knowledge.
What the scholars have found from the beginning of the written word is a lot of contracts. Like beer tabs, house rentals, farm rentals and such. The government laws had inheritance contracts along with adoption and birth contracts. The contracts seemed to be as or more complicated that our contracts that we use today. As in any contracts there can be disagreements and a need for a judge. This is where the deities came about. Some kings were judges first. The older Jewish religions use many women who were known to be fair as judges. The difference was if you went to the king, or the highest judge and you could prove the King’s judgement wrong. The king would have to pay you many times any costs you may have encountered. If you used a priest, the priest would talk to god and god would rule. That ruling was final. In the case of Jesus and the Jews. The scribes would interrupt the rules of laws as to what they meant. This meant the scribes were the lawyers and sort of an acting judge as well as the interpreters of the laws. You can see why Jesus wanted to change the system. Jerusalem is where the temple is. It was called Salem before Jerusalem. Salem means – knowledge. I don’t know if knowledge was related to “truth” in the people’s thinking.