I know what a relationship with my dad is (and isn't).
I know what a relationship with my wife is (and isn't).
I know what a relationship with my friends and coworkers is (and isn't).
I used to think I had a "relationship with Christ", but I don't know what the relationship was (or wasn't). Since I'm now on the outside looking in, it appears as mental assent to some abstract concepts, a lifetime of prayers offered to something I assumed (i) listened and (ii) cared, and a vague hope for an eternity excluding perpetual conscious torture. It was altogether unlike all my other "relationships" in that there was no relation or relating.
So my questions are:
1) Was I doing it wrong?
2) What is the "relating" that makes the "relationship"?