I must agree with Morny, that I find "religion" boring, at least elements to it. I was talking with my wife the other morning about defining religion. Sure you can take a dictionary definition, merely belief in God or something such, but such a definition really wouldn't cut it in a theology course/when reflecting more deeply. It's a superficial definition at best.
As I see, it is better to define religion as man's attempt to reach up to God (or some sort of spiritualisation of the unvierse). And, I tend to find man's attempt laughable whether Christian or non-Christian. It is even not simply boring, but very off-putting at times.
Jesus during his life tore into religion and the zealots of his day. He shredded the Pharisees with sharp words and publicly humiliated them. According to John, Jesus claimed to be the Temple, and that even if they destroyed him, he'd resurrect in three days.
When Christ died, it is written that the thick temple curtain that separated the people from God's presence was torn in two. The Temple was also eventually destroyed, for God isn't worshipped in a place, or according to fancy religious rituals devised by humans, but in spirit and truth. Consider:
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The early Christian church in what followed after Christ, a few centuries on and in large part due to Rome's influence, ended up with their own places of worship (synagogues), its own clergy, doxatic practices, its own rituals, etc -- it basically mimicked Judaism in substance. People could see and feel the religion -- they (Christians) could feel their beliefs that they had some substance to them, and even if constructed people can feel a sense of validation in such. It's well-intentioned, but leads to "religion" silly rituals and wrong-headed beliefs. Cult leaders take advantage of people, even pastors and priests, anyone in leadership even the very Church of Rome: 'As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul out of purgatory springs
". Don't get me wrong, religion can be used for good, and has done much good, but it also has a twin which causes much evil.
My life, belief in God, living my life fully believing in Christ, isn't something I do as a matter of religion, due to some church or as a matter of interest. It also isn't something I have to keep reminding myself of like, "oh I believe in God, so I should believe or do x or refrain from doing y.
" I don't believe or disbelieve in such things because of some fancy. Consider I'd prefer not to walk if I can drive a car, but its nonetheless true I have to sometimes walk places.
That said, I'd have my own religious elements to me where I'd of course reach up to God in my effort, but in my lived life my beliefs in Christ are ultimately embedded in who I am. I don't see the second as being religious anymore than in my lived life where I believe other people truly exist.