A comrade of mine responded to a post I had earlier about “a new era in religion” by writing, “One recognizes a god in that he misbehaves,value got 0 to do with it.”
Of course, this can be one way in which one encounters the divine—by one’s conscience. But even philosophers of religion, theologians, and religious scholars object to the identification of the conscience with one’s understanding of God—or even with the equivocation of the conscience with “God’s voice.”
I simply want to give a brief list of other ways people come to an understanding of God (this is explicated quite well in John Cobb, Jr.’s, book God and the World). People also encounter God through divine experiences of beauty (thus the notion of “creator”), divine experiences of order (thus the notion of Lawgiver), divine experiences of dependence (God as ground of being), divine moral experiences (God as Judge), and distinctive religious experiences (the notion of “Wholly Other”).
At any rate, I imagine there are other ways one primally comes to understand the notion of God. To be reductionistic about this matter is to willfully misunderstand and bracket much of human experience and human beings in the process.