Please do note that I have called religion an emotion, taking to past the field of a belief and bringing it to the realm of experience. The reason that I have done this is simple; the connection that I can see between love and religion is in their experience and the effect that they have on an individual.
The tie that binds both love and religion is something called vulnerability. I will see what justice I can do with vulnerability in the picture.
Vulnerability is the feeling of helplessness that overcomes a person on certain situations. It leaves the person open to attack and many a time the person is rendered weak and defenseless.
Just as I have talked about vulnerability above, it becomes easy to see as to how both religion and love cause vulnerability. With respect to belief in a super-powerful God, we leave ourselves open to the pain that comes with that belief. We are dependent on that God for running most of our daily lives and we tend to let him/her be the final judge on what we do with our daily lives.
This in many ways seems familiar with what I have seen and heard as well as experienced from love. It makes one incredibly vulnerable when it comes to the person who is the target of the emotion. Everything that they say/do not say, do/do not do makes a difference, rather makes too much of a difference. Just as it is with the lord, even what is presumed to be shortcomings is forgiven for they are the ultimate being in our eyes. We have put them on a pedestal and we are not ready to take them down from it.
The flip side of this vulnerability is that even though we are vulnerable with that one being, either the God or the target of love, we are stronger with rest of the world. Both are beliefs that go to strengthen the person’s defense systems against all possible attacks from the outside world. I did mention that the vulnerability is towards the target of the emotion.
A staunch believer in God is not going to give too much of importance of what goes on around him/her for they know that it is just another game that is played by the Almighty. Just as the Almighty got them into the current situation, the Almighty shall bring them out safely.
Similarly, with love, the fact that there is that one person shall go a long way to render the rest of the world impotent. The attacks, both personal and professional shall bear no fruit, as the lover shall find solace in the arms/illusion of arms of the target of love.
There is no on who is capable of hurting the lover except the lover’s lover themselves, just as there is no one capable of hurting the devote other than God himself/herself.