A pattern I've noticed after watching many Christian conversion testimonies is that plenty of them report feeling the presence of God in a life-changing manner at the moment of conversion or maybe not long after. For illustrative purposes, I will list below some of the testimonies that in my opinion are the most reliable (i.e. they are very likely being honest and not making up stories) and impressive, along with a short summary/paraphrase of what each testimony says. In case you may want to watch the testimonies yourself, I'm including the links with timestamps so that you can jump directly to the parts where the relevant experiences are narrated.
From model/to New Age witchcraft/To saved by Jesus Christ: after water baptism, she was lying in bed at night and suddenly was overwhelmed by a feeling of holiness, love, joy. She also had tears of joy and had a vision of the air as gold. For more details, please watch the video.
New Age to Christianity // My Supernatural Experience with God: she prayed to Jesus in the bathroom, and suddenly an "atmospheric peace" engulfed her. She describes it as the most supernatural experience she ever had in her life. Afterwards, she reports having both an "inner knowing" and the feeling that the Holy Spirit entered her, and then reports her life completely changing.
From New Age to Jesus - My Unexpected Encounter with God: she prayed the sinner's prayer, asking God to become the ruler of her life. A minute after the prayer, she says: "I felt this incredible feeling, coming from the top of my head [...] it was like someone pouring oil or warm honey from the top of my head, and just sort of slowly moved down my body, and as it was going down I felt the warmth, just pure love, pure joy, pure peace [...]". She also claims that the feeling was "a whole nother level" above anything she had experienced before in the New Age.
Testimony of Andres Bisonni. Daystar Television Network: he visited Argentina during a revival and was hungry for having an encounter with the Holy Spirit after hearing encouraging testimonies from fellow Christians in a youth conference. While in a bus, someone prayed for him and suddenly he experienced the following: "[...] it's almost impossible to describe with words, but I felt this love being poured into my heart, and this like heat that came and surrounded me, this supernatural presence embraced me [...]".
Paul Washer- The Presence of God: simply put, after months of seeking an encounter in a prayer closet, one night he was suddenly visited by the presence of God, which he perceived as glorious and making him vividly aware of his sin initially but then turning into an overwhelming joy that led to spontaneous praises.
Some common themes I observe in these and other testimonies:
- The experience of peace, joy and love.
- Describing the experience as something that surpasses anything experienced before (including people who were previously involved in meditation and other spiritual practices).
- Describing the experience as something "atmospheric" or that "surrounds" or "embraces" the individual, as if submerged into something.
- Sometimes the feeling of heat or warmth is reported.
- Sometimes the feeling of a holy presence (a sense of holiness) is reported.
- Most individuals describe the experience as life-changing.
Is there any biblical support for this experience? Are there records in the Bible of individuals having encounters with the presence of God who reported feelings or symptoms that resemble the ones reported by these and other testimonies?