When I was growing up, none of my friends or relatives had a personal relationship with God. None of them KNEW God. My parents were atheists and didn't believe in God, and, while my religious grandmother (who lived with us) believed in God, she certainly didn't know God. Her God was a projection of whoever judged her as she was growing up.
Through the 42 years of my counseling career, I've worked with many religious people who believed in God, including ministers and gurus, but who had no personal relationship with God.
Believing in God and knowing God are two totally different experiences.
When bad things happen, belief can be shattered. I cannot tell you how often I've heard clients say to me, "How can I continue to believe that God is here for me when (a loved one died, lost a job, illness, and so on) happened?" "Or, if there is a God, then how could He have let the (hurricane, earthquake, fire, rape, mugging, and so on) happen?" Or, "If there is a God, how could he have allowed my father to sexually abuse me?" For some reason, most people who believe in God but do not know God seem to think that God is a "person" who should be able to stop bad things from happening. When you know God, then you know that God is Spirit and is always here to help you manage the challenges of life, but cannot stop those challenges.
When you KNOW God, you have a direct experience of the love, power, and wisdom that IS God. You know that God is the creative intelligence of the universe and that it is impossible for God to not be here for you.
You cannot know God from your left-brain thinking mind, and you cannot know God when you are in your wounded self. Knowing God occurs naturally when your frequency is high, which happens when you are in an intent to learn about what is loving to yourself. You know God when your heart is open and full of love and gratitude.
Since my parents were atheists and my grandmother's God was not at all compelling to me, I had to find my own way. Being a fairly practical person, I could not just "believe" in something that I could not see or touch. As a young child, I had a deep sense of the wonder of God, but living with my parents and grandmother taught me to disconnect from this inner knowing. By my early 20s, I was desperate to know God.
Over the years of my spiritual search, I had momentary experiences of Grace that encouraged me to keep searching for a way to have a direct and personal experience of God. It wasn't until Inner Bonding® was gifted by God to Erika and me that I discovered how to experience direct, two-way conversations with God. I think I was fortunate that I by-passed belief in God and went directly into knowing God, because I didn't have a lot of false beliefs to overcome. My spiritual abuse was less about God than about God not existing.
Knowing God is a huge comfort. Knowing that I am a co-creator with the creative force of the universe is deeply empowering. Knowing that God - the creative intelligence of the universe - is responsive to my thoughts and feelings, is deeply motivating to me regarding keeping my thoughts and feelings on what is in my highest good and the highest good of all.
Are you ready to personally know God? Your devoted Inner Bonding® practice WILL eventually give you this experience. Of course your wounded self may come in at any moment to discount your knowing, but the more you listen to your Guidance, the less power your wounded self has to get you off track.