Almost everyone is familiar with John Lennon's line about the Beatles, "We are more popular than Jesus". This article in the International Herald Tribune explains the backstory on this quote and also the effects of it over time up to the present.
What Lennon knew, and everyone with an open heart knows, is that music is powerful and spiritual. However music need not be seen as in competition with religion. Music and religion can "be as one" -- to borrow a phrase from Lennon himself. Imagine that!