The thinking process of man creates many things. Theists are trying to get us to rise above the imaginary illusive creations of the mind.
And the first thing they must do - but invariably never do - is show that their own beliefs are not "imaginary illusive creations of the mind".
Whatever else you say about science, it does a far better job of ruling out bias and imaginary stuff than any religious belief has ever come close to managing.
The theists are in control of their mind and they do not create their own religious beliefs.
Given the subjective nature of a person's mind, how do you know this? I don't think you do; indeed, I don't think you can
It is their followers minds that are filled with rites and rituals that enable them to focus on what the teacher has taught. These cultural traditions are mind creations that have to do with community, culture, language etc.
And what makes you think that the teacher doesn't have rites and rituals in their own mind that enable them to focus on what they learned? Or did that even occur to you to wonder about?
What you call Christians and Muslims are not the same as theists.
When you arbitrarily redefine a word like that, you just sow confusion. The word theist means, "one who believes in the existence of a god or gods". Therefore, Christians and Muslims are theists by definition. Instead of trying to redefine an existing word, coin your own word to refer to what you specifically mean, like I did when I coined the word 'apatheist'
The theists who know God have a single aim for humanity which has always been to raise the mindset of his faithful followers.
All you have to go on is ancient stories which have dramatically changed over time. For example, if there was an actual, historical Jesus, he was very little like how the gospels painted him as - given that they were all written decades after his supposed death and almost certainly not by the ones they were named for. Furthermore, even what you put here gives the lie to your intentions. It isn't about trying to uplift humanity as a whole, it's about rewarding the faithful, like every religion ever.
The same thread of enlightenment coming from the Holy Spirit The Word made flesh that descends upon the chosen one who has perfected and purified his mind that the two become one and the same - The prophets, the messiahs, the gurus, the Boddhisatvas are all in tune with this same power above and the aim is the same - to advance the mind set of the flock or faithful.
I don't think that people who were really in tune with some higher power would be focused on belief the way you seem to think. Look at the people Jesus regularly preached to - people who didn't have belief in YHWH in the first place. Even if you were right, and prophets, messiahs, gurus, and so on were actually in tune with a higher power, they wouldn't be aiming to advance the mindset of the faithful. They'd be aiming at people who weren't faithful to begin with, and at breaking the stratified chains of belief that people inevitably surround themselves with.
Only the faithful is being advanced but the society at large benefits from their presence. What is at the heart of their teachings is "Blessed are the pure at heart for they shall see God". "If you love me follow my commandments" Love all equally in a manner of speaking. Whatever the theist is saying to his faithful he saying it with the intent of raising their awareness - is also using a method to try to get them unstuck from some mental distractions - the final goal at hand is God.
While I commend the idea of getting people free of their mental blocks, why should the final goal be a god? Why not focus on the journey instead of a goal? Seems to me that it's far more important to focus on the road you travel than on whatever your ultimate goal might be.
According to the theists "Love is at the heart of life - it is the pure conscious state of the spirit or soul". This state of knowing is beyond thinking. When thinking has stopped this state remains aware and filled with divine love. This is the state the theists have been trying to get their followers to become aware off. Morality is what helps them achieve this goal and immorality is what hinders that process.
It sounds like you actually mean "knowing without knowing". This is indeed a good state to be in - to where your knowledge is so internalized that you don't even have to think about it, the way we internalize language. However, what makes you think that it's even slightly necessary to conflate it with religious belief? Not only that, but what you're suggesting is actually fairly inane. It frankly isn't what I'd consider to be wise or profound. The purpose of internalizing knowledge to where you no longer have to think about it is so that your mind can be focus on other things instead; not to move someone to a point at which they never have to actually think.
We cannot tell or know them for who they are - we simply follow our minds dictates with its mindset of beliefs.
If you don't know, then just say that. Don't say things with the intent of trying to be wise or profound, because it rings false.
We can analyse what they say or do.
We can believe what we want.
Which doesn't help matters any.
We do what our mind desires and on occasion we try to better ourselves -- some times we are failing at every step - we make one step forward and two steps backward. It is the theists who choose their disciples to follow them.
The second sentence has nothing to do with the first.