Yes, I'm quite familiar with those songs. But you have no idea what anyone else has or has not experienced. If it's all just about feeling one knows something based on feelings, then there is no need for any written texts at all and there has to be a skewed view because emotions and feelings can deceive us. That is why it becomes necessary for some of us at some point to set aside emotions and feelings, ponder logically, debate with facts, etc.And I guess to add further, when I see someone that tries to argue on some intellectual level about other possibilities such as self improvement, multiculturalism, a general diety and multiple ways of approaching him, etc., just to name a few... I KNOW that they haven't experienced what I experienced and are still blind. Enlightenment starts at the foot of the cross kneeling down in repentance admitting the truth about yourself.
Like someone once said, it only takes you finding 1 window in a dark house to know that the sun is shining outside. Once you know, you don't need to keep searching. And that is why we Christians sing, "I once was blind, but now I see."
You say "multiple ways of approaching him" as if everyone seeks the same version of God you do. I myself do not. I've already been there, and am now set apart from the crowded road that is Christianity. You see, if you know already, you have no faith; faith is not knowing, but believing. Facts do not rely on faith to be true. Also, multiculturalism has noting to do with religion in general, but Christianity was founded upon that concept, as I mentioned regarding the RCC.
Early "Christians" or Nazarenes, Essenes, Gnostics, etc. read their own texts like Thomas, Peter, Judas, Mary, etc. There was no formal Bible until 325; after that, you have your Christians. Jesus was Jewish. Just saying....
Thanks for sharing what your religion means to you, but please realize it means different things to each Christian even. You can't use blanket statements about Christians as if all are of the same exact belief system as a whole. Never has been that way.