A Personal Relationship With Jesus

1520 Words Aug 9th, 2014 7 Pages
he Origin of a Personal Relationship Concept

“Personal relationship with Jesus.”
Being an Atheist, I’ve had hundreds of arguments with Christians about Jesus and religion in general. No matter what evidence I provided, the Christian always seemed to bypass it with the Personal relationship cop out. They would tell me they don’t practice religion, and that they have a personal relationship with Jesus. They would insist that I take five minutes of my time at night and call on Jesus while I’m all alone. Christians believed that Jesus would answer me, and my pathetic life will never be the same. It dawned on me that they were merely regurgitating what was taught to them by others. That the Christian didn’t really have a personal relationship with Jesus, but a personal relationship with themselves. Being frustrated with the fact that Christians can actually get away with not providing substantial evidence, I decided to research the origin of the personal relationship copout. Who created the concept of a personal relationship? Is the personal relationship copout in the bible? How old is the concept of a personal relationship? These are the questions that turned on the light bulb in my head. I just had to research and find out the answers, so here it is.

In the 1200s, St. Gertrude wrote a prayer: "let my heart be so united with Thine, that our wills may be one, and mine in all things be conformed to Thine." That fits the expression "personal relationship with Jesus" to…
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