Now, religion will allow you to know lots of religious knowledge and facts; but You'll still get to be the leader of your life. You'll still be the one to decide what's in, what's out, what belongs and what doesn't. When following Jesus Christ, He becomes life leader. Then God gets to decide what is toxic to your life and what is a benefit to your life, because real love costs; and your love will cost you lesser loves if it is real.
Jesus took our broken lives and filled them with His own life; that is ever increasigly newer and of a higher purpose than ourselves. Now, we don't have to live for us. We now live according to His purpose; and the standard of what belongs and what doesn't is no longer set by me and my needs and my feelings, now it's set by the Word of God Almighty and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Purity isn't prudishness or missing out on the good stuff; Purity is freedom from what poisons life! -Dr. Drew Shofner