A relationship with God enables you to live inside out, whereas religion enables you to live outside in! A relationship resides in your heart whereas religion resides in your head. A relationship brings about behavior transformation, religion brings about behavior modification. A relationship is based on what you do believe, whereas religion is based on what you think you should believe!
A relationship gives identity with Christ, religion gives identity with a likeminded group. A relationship with God brings about nuanced individual thinking, whereas religion brings about black and white group thinking. A relationship is based on love for others, humility tolerance, and acceptance, religion is based on self-aggrandizement, arrogance, intolerance, and performance. A relationship with God helps complete others whereas religion seeks to compete with others! One must ask-do I have a relationship or just a religion?