Academics studying the subject of religion have defined religion into three broad categories: world religions, a term which refers to transcultural, international faiths, indigenous religions, which refers to smaller, culture-specific religious groups, and new religious movements, which refers to recently developed faiths. Religion by the very definition of the word refers to a belief in someone or something.
What is it that God would really desire from those who truly believe in Him and the salvation that comes through His son Jesus Christ the Lord? Oh! I would believe that based on His word, that He would desire relationship much more than religion.
The passages of Scripture dealing with this very important subject of relationship are far too numerous to even list, much less quote. so I will let the apostle Paul have the last word on this particular affiliation between man and God. In his classic letter to the Romans, he makes one of the most straightforward statements concerning this matter:
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are THE SONS OF GOD, For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, ABBA, FATHER" (Romans 8:14-15).