God, although naturally called differently by different people, still represent an ideal for most. It is a perennial Entity, A Divine Ground or Highest Source by which all things, move, live and have their being. It represents life's Source, Maker, purpose or goal. There is a process of laws/commandments/rules/principles which leads us to God. Some call this Religion, others Philosophy.
The essence of religion is to fear God and obey God, which in itself implies that God is the Supreme Deity/Father, etc. Something to be certainly respected or loved as the Ultimate Figure, if not feared. It represents a Golden Shore, with universal laws (religion/philosophy), as the means or key/boat, to take us to this shore.
Man with his troubles with ego, separation, attachment and greed, can sometimes be related to religion. This is definitely not of which I speak.