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Moksha is tangentially related to God. Worship of God can imply moksha but moksha doesn’t imply worship of God. That’s why there is an impersonal liberation called Brahman. It is moksha but it is not worship of God. The only problem is that the jiva can (and does) fall from Brahman.
Similarly, moral life is necessary for God-consciousness, but God-consciousness is not necessary for a moral life. You can lead a moral life without being aware of God. It is not fear that drives one toward God but the desire to be in a loving relationship with God.
Yes, there is a difference between religion or dharma and spirituality or Sanatana-dharma. Dharma is dependent on place and time and circumstances. Hence, dharma changes with time. But Sanatana-dharma is unchanging. Smriti such as Manu Samhita can be considered dharma but not Sanatana-dharma in so far as it covers the rules of moral living.