“I have a personal relationship with Jesus.”
Many Christians frequently make this claim, apparently without any shame, even as they remain ignorant of anything about Jesus not found in the Bible.
I don’t have a personal relationship with Abraham Lincoln, in spite of being able to quote him and feeling his influence in my life.
To claim I did would be a shameful diminishing of the actual personal relationships I have with my friends and family.
But this claim appears quite foundational to the religious perspective of many, and is indicative of the degree of self-deception at play.