2 years ago, i was an atheist. I really used to be one of those people Kent describes in this article. Regarding the existence of God and the supernatural, I was greatly influenced by "Waiting for Godot", "The Bald Soprano", and other plays that belonged to theatre of the absurd. To me, life was a repetitive cycle full of meaninglessness and absurdity. Nothing made sense, not even my own existence. I reached a point where I eventually doubted my own existence! I was very fortunate to acquaint myself with meditation. i started to meditate everyday for 15min in the morning. Over a period of several months, my awareness increased and I'm very certain that I reached a higher state of consciousness. I began to realize that I am a being, that i exist, and therefore I realized that I am a small part of a bigger thing, a divine energy which i choose to call god.
In the end I realized how acknowledging god's existence requires meditation and thus i realized that the concept of god is not as easy as people think it is. It needs work; one must struggle to understand the meaning and the worth of the concept that god exists! More importantly, i realized that i used to deny god's existence because i was only using my head, i was not using my heart in understanding life. (I dont know how to explain it in other words, but i'm referring to what Osho said in his book "emotional wellbeing" wen he compares the mind to the heart.)
Due to my experience, I understand people who do not believe in god's existence. this is why, when i open such a discussion with them, i explain that you can only EXPERIENCE this concept, not understand it. and this experience is done thru extensive meditation. this way, i allow them to see and therefore be open to points of view like mine. So, please, Kent and others, do not give up on people who do not believe in god. Some of them are cases like me, people who need meaning in life but are lost and need guidance. Please tell these people to meditate so that they give their life meaning, if it may need any.
Thank you for reading this long post but I had to share this much.