Updated: Dec 11, 2021
How many people have fallen prone on the floorboards to look under their couches---not to find a dog toy, a bread crumb, or a TV remote---but to look for God? How many people have traveled to an empty church late at night to bow at the altar: seeking Him? What about this: How many people have kneeled silently for 30 minutes a day in prayer, not even for a year, but even just a week: listening for Him?
That religious experience then is only open to those that are true of heart and who actively search for it. A quote from Carl Jung makes sense in this relation to God:
“When I hear such questions, it always makes me think of the rabbi who asked how it could be that God often showed himself to people in the olden days whereas nowadays nobody ever sees him. The rabbi replied: ‘Nowadays there is no longer anybody who can bow low enough.'"
Little bit dramatic of a post don't you agree? The topic of divinity seems like a moot point because it is impossible to convince people of the phenomenological. Also, If someone is a materialist--how can you convince them of something that requires earnest searching and submission?
They are only challenged by visuals that appear in plain sight. Boom, God appears and who can deny that? But if for God to appear requires you to believe in Him as a precondition--then no wonder Atheism is on the rise.
Psychedelics (ah yes, of course I would bring them up) sometimes convince atheists of the divine; but this is circumstantial: For one, sometimes experiences don't happen when taking these substances. The experience of the individual always reigns supreme; and not one person can invoke an experience on another. Experience comes from within.