I used to be there, my life revolved in "religion" - I was always part of the choir or praise team, instrumentals, something. Still am - the focus has just changed.
In my opinion, 'religion' is man's way of trying to bring the glory and splendor of the Infinite down to terms they can comprehend. So they make a god in their image.
I believe we are all "fearfully and wonderfully made". That God knew us "even while we were in our mother's womb". And loved us. Loves us still. How can a perfect being hate that which He has made?
It's taken a long time (still takes work sometimes) - but I am managing to free myself from religion and immerse myself in God.