Suggested redefinition of "Personal relationship with [deity]:"Personal relationship with [deity]:
1) The act of reading a book and claiming that a deity character in the book is your "best Friend," "Father/Mother," "copilot," etc. while simultaneously having no expectation that the character will actually behave as any real "best friend," "father/mother," "copilot," etc. would. 2) Dodgy marketing term meant to make one's religion sound more awesome than reading about a character in a book.
A few proposed additions:Sin:
The conflation of a list of ordinary, harmless, and preferably ubiquitous human behaviors (such as sex, or eating certain foods) with the most heinous atrocities imaginable, so that a theist may define any man, woman, or child as Worse Than Hitler, and thus deserving of everlasting punishment for not adopting the theist's religion; Genocide is a sin, but so is masturbation, and both will land you in Hell if you don't worship our holy God. Holy:
Sadistic and vindictive, but in a way that's totally awesome; Hell exists because a holy God cannot countenance even a little sin, so repent now while you still can!Morality:
1) A system of ethics that humans are expected to adhere to and deities are exempt from, in which deities are regarded as the epitome of moral perfection while humans are regarded as contemptible sinners deserving of everlasting torture. 2) The notion that a theist's particular religion owns the patent and trademark on all goodness and ethical behavior.Devil, Demon, Evil Spirit:
An imaginary enemy.
Enough for today.