The Online Etymology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=religion gives us this definition of religion:
“from L. religionem (nom. religio) “respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods,” in L.L. “monastic life” (5c.); according to Cicero, derived from relegare “go through again, read again,” from re- “again” + legere “read” (see lecture). However, popular etymology among the later ancients (and many modern writers) connects it with religare “to bind fast, via notion of “place an obligation on,” or “bond between humans and gods.”
The apostle Paul must have understood the above definition, “to bind fast,” for he stated on several occasions to “hold fast” (1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Tim. 1:13; Titus 1:9). The Hebrew writer also motivates his readers to “hold fast” (Heb. 3:6; Heb. 4:14; Heb. 10:23).
Regarding the above definition of religion being a “bond between humans and gods,” Paul considered himself a “bondservant” (Gr. a “doulos” – Strongs 1401 – a slave to Christ (Romans 1:1 ASV), Christ being a member of the Godhead whose nature is that of deity.
Am I a square or round person? I’m a total square – don’t fit into any round hole. Guess that’s why I was never popular in school. When my fellow students were carousing and engaging in every kind of ungodly activity, I could be found in the library, or in the music studio playing music on the piano, or studying the Bible – something profitable.
When my fellow students were engaged in smoking cigarettes, I never could understand what was so exciting about allowing fire, smoke, tar, and nicotine to get into your nose, mouth, and lungs. Never could understand what was so exiting about getting drunk, and then having to undergo the consequences of that drunken state. Those kind of activities were never appealing to me.
Kids today, like kids in my day, allow their peers to dictate their thoughts and actions. My advice to kids today is – be a leader instead of a follower. Don’t listen to or follow the crowd (unless it’s to a restaurant!). Listen to the wisdom of your parents and grandparents. Read your Bible and do what’s right in God’s sight, then you’ll be right – be a square!