It relates mainly to limited experience, that is life is experienced through the physical senses alone and through the intellect, and especially if at the same time nothing spiritual paranormal has occurred in their life. When the life is experienced this way, then God is invisible, and the intellect distrusts (to some extent rightly so) the feelings on which many people rely for their sense of or belief in God. Their intuition is silent, and the intellect and sense experiences of the outer life offer them no reason to believe that God exists, and this is more especially the case where the life has been difficult, cruelties are experienced or observed. Add to this the chaos and cult like nature of conflicting diverse religions, the many egocentric and unbalanced types often found in them, and such a person has added reasons for skepticism—and this is especially true if they were raised in one of the many half-baked religions that are found in modern society. And on top of all this, they may experience and be swayed by the philosophy of scientific materialism that dominates a lot of the systems of college education.
God only becomes apparent to the individual only when one or the following things happen:
- Awakening of the intuition—a faculty above the mind
- Paranormal experiences such as Near Death Experiences or other dramatic psychic experiences
- A miraculous event or series of near miraculous events
- Dramatic spiritual or mystical experiences.