Answer: Certainly not. On the contrary, religion and the wisdom of Kabbalah complement each other in a person’s correction process toward attaining the goal of creation, which is to resemble the Creator.
A person’s nature can change only if he uses the method of Kabbalah, which transforms his way of thinking. A person doesn’t change as a result of mechanical actions, and therefore when he only performs religious actions he is called the Holy still.
Furthermore, in the actual correction, when studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, a person has to be around people who have the same goal in order to draw the effect of the force of correction, the Light of the Torah, called the Light that Reforms. It is written, “I have created the evil inclination; I have created the Torah as a spice for it.”
We can say that religion formats and directs a person’s behavior while the wisdom of Kabbalah directs his thoughts. It is said that “a prayer without an intention is like a body without a soul.” We are living in the time of the Messiah in which we can get rid of our evil inclination, the ego, and so the wisdom of Kabbalah is revealed in the world today in order to enable a person to correct his ego and resemble the Creator.