“You are too apt to feel that your religious experience must be the same as others have; but where will you find analogies for this? Certainly not in nature. God’s works do not come from his handle like coins from the mint. It seems as if it were a necessity that each one should be in some sort distinct from every alike; no two buds on one bush have the same unfolding nor do they seek to have.
I heard one man say to another: Did you have such awful feelings as you describe? I never had any such feelings; and I am afraid I am not a Christian. The other man says: You say that the moment you thought of religion you broke out into rupture; but I did not. I was two months without the dawn of the light, and I fear I am not a Christian. Each thinks he is not a Christian because he did not feel as the others did, one . . . because he did not feel joyous, the other . . . because he did not feel bad.”
~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me