Someone once told me...
Religion is man's way of finding God. Christianity is God finding man.
My personal opinion:
I believe that we need an organized group dedicated to our Spirituality. We must stay focused on what is real. Before we were created, there was God. After we leave, there will be God. God loves unconditionally for eternity. That will never change. Why not appreciate the Bible as a gift from your Creator? I think it was nice of Him to explain who we are and where we came from.
I strongly believe that religion can really hurt someone is it is taken out of context. You always have to take everything with a grain of salt when learning because you cannot solely rely on man to teach you everything. That is where God steps in and says Here I AM. Come to Me. I will tell you truth. I'm not sure why some people make it more complicated than it is.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to the Earth and died on the cross to save us from our sins. We are all sinners. Its a good thing to know we can be washed with the Blood of Jesus Christ and start over again. We are not perfect. We are going to make mistakes. God is perfect. He tells He will forgive us if we ask Him to. He is very strict about us learning lessons and He doesn't expect us to go back to our old ways. But yes, there is another option besides death.
To me, that is what religion is for me. It is truth about who we are and that we have other people who share the same belief system: We were created to be good. We will make mistakes. We are learning. We are not alone. We must help each other. God loves us very much.