Hmm. Most of those who claim a relationship with God appear to be making it up as they go along so I'm not sure God is any less elusive with them than anyone else.
Personal observation. Listening to them. That's why I said 'appear to be'. However, if you've noticed, those who claim to know God rarely agree on everything. If they honestly knew him, don't you think they would?
Every experience we have is filtered through our subconscious, past memories, rationality and logic centers of our brains. It's not a surprise we don't all come to the same conclusions/interpretations about ANYTHING.
I've had experiences with God, but it is always on his terms. God seems to engage with us when and if he wants. For the most part, he is elusive.
I've had a couple of experiences with God but I don't consider him to be any less elusive with me than anyone else. As you said, everything is filtered through myriad things. Some may experience God and not even recognize it.
As one who believes God exists my statement would include atheists. Do you think to not believe in God negates his presence in reality?
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