I am an agnostic atheist. However, i am not against personal experience as justification for belief. The only problem i have, is that Personal experience is necessarily personal, and i cannot base my belief on someone elses experience. So, i suppose my question is, how do you get past the hurdle of a lack of personal experience in order to believe?
I don't really have it all worked out, but I guess you just have to do what the rest of us do, which is just to keep asking for answers.
I agree that you cannot base your faith on someone else's experiences, it is something that we all have to work out for ourselves.
I believe that if you keep seeking God that HE will find you, and you will find him.
There is so much delusion and deception in religious circles, I suggest that you take a look at the TEACHINGS of JESUS, as opposed to the teachings of a particular church or religion. One of the main problems with modern Christianity is that it has become so respectable that it no longer reflects the radical, fringe movement that the followers of Jesus were in the 1st century.
After having rejected Christianity as a false religion based on what I was seeing in modern Christianity, I discovered that the Teachings of Jesus made much more sense, and by trying to follow what he actually said I was able to get started on experimenting with faith, which led to personal experiences.
I don't think that you need to have everything worked out before you start do something.
If you can get hold of a Bible, have a read of Mathew 5, 6 and 7. This is what has been called "The Sermon on the Mount". Jesus basically lays out his philosophy and vision for how the World could be if we were committed to love.
You will notice that what he says is pretty revolutionary on many levels and cuts to the quick of most of the World's problems of violence and greed.