I’d like ot have a relationship with Jesus Christ, but I’m not sure I know what that means, or if I am necessarily convinced that it is possible. I mean, how do you have a relationship with someone that you can only read about? I can read about Justin Timberlake, and even buy all of his CDs and whatever, but that doesn’t mean we’re friends, that I know him, or that we’re in a relationship. Even if I am a rabid Justin Timberlake fan, that’s still not a relationship, regardless of how devoted I am.
All the relationships I have by comparison are with people who, at the very least, have a mortal existence that overlaps with mine. We can (or have been able to) communicate in an apparently concrete way, whether it’s face-to-face, written, telephone, or over the internet. If a relationship with Jesus can be like that, then great. If not, then what does it even look like, and how do I know it isn’t just wishful thinking, or more-or-less benign self-delusion