I would take issue with the idea that most people feel god. I never did, although I acted the way everyone else did who said they felt god. I was faking it
I wonder how many other people are also faking it, because it is so clearly normal for "most people to feel god"?
Let me give an example. You know the Batman symbol? The black and yellow logo? The only reason we think it looks like a bat is because people say it is a bat. Everyone sees a bat, right? Wrong. It looks like a black Rorshach blot on a yellow background.
My sister confided to me, some years ago, at one of the Batman movies, that she has never seen a bat in the logo. To her it has always looked like an open mouth with two teeth on top and four teeth on the bottom.
I looked at her like she had just told me she was actually from Mars--she didn't see the bat? Really? How could anyone not see the bat? Then I looked and, with difficulty, "saw" what she saw. Okay, it could sorta be teeth, but why would they draw big yellow teeth and say it was a bat? Like a comedy routine, my sister said, "That's what I have been wondering all my life!"
So, why did she act like she saw the bat all those years when she didn't? She said she always acted like she saw the bat because, from the time we were kids, everyone else said it was a bat
, and so she got used to pretending she saw it, too. But to this day, she still can't see a bat in the logo. There have to be other people like my sister who don't see the bat, but who pretend to. Maybe 4%, 10% or 25% or even 30%? Who knows? If you, like my sister, don't see the bat, you are probably too embarrassed to admit it.
That is the way it has to be with god-feeling. If you don't have it, you are like the weirdo who refuses to wear jeans, or doesn't like chocolate. Out of step with everyone else. God-feeling is supposed to be part of normal life, so if you don't have it, you probably have to fake it. Especially in a really religious family and/or a really religious culture.
Can you imagine how scary it would be to realize, at the age or 8 or 15 or 28 that you don't feel god-- in Utah, Iran or Uganda? Would you ever tell anyone? Hell no.
My sister lied benignly all those years (acting as if she saw the bat) about something that was not even that important. Nobody would fire her from her job, call her names, shun her, divorce her, run her out of town, take her kids away, throw her in jail or burn her at the stake for not seeing the bat symbol. But all those things have happened to people for not having the god-feeling.
So, everyone goes along thinking everyone else feels god, because nobody ever says they don't. That is why we who don't have to make sure we say we don't. Whenever possible. Not everyone sees the bat, and that's okay.