Having studied atheism throughout much of the past year, these are some of my culminating impressions:
The atheist believes that reason is the only machine whereby evidence may be gathered, or, whereby the universe may be downloaded.
I have read that the average person has the ability to differentiate between 10,000,000 different colors when placed side by side. The atheist is like the blind man who does not fully comprehend with his mind what any of those colors are. He can hear the words and ideas, but does not know color personally. He can describe what he may with words, and give examples of different shades, but he has no way of knowing color as personally as one who can see the full spectrum with his own working eyes. Because color is something that we experience with our eyes, our retina, and our brain, we are limited in knowledge by the colors those embodied tools are able to comprehend.
When experiencing God, we do not have to rely on our physical senses. We may spend our whole lives having truth explained to us in every way, shape, or form which is conceivable by the minds and tongues of man, but until we learn to open our spiritual eyes and see for ourselves, we cannot know God in this life.
It is the easiest thing for mortals to forget that our spirits know God as he is, for we have seen him, and we all will again.
It seems that as we learn to see beyond our mortal eyes, with the eyes that are already used to seeing God, then we will be pure enough to confront Deity with our eyes while yet in this life.
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen."
~ Moroni 7:48