I cannot conceive that anyone successfully blocks out the evidence and logical case against the myths in the bible without comprehending the significance, or at least seeing a glimpse of the point in the atheist argument. I think they are pretending it has no impact on them - and hiding away deep in the flock of sheep, hoping they wont be noticed.
I agree with this. Then you get a guy like SOI
who feels he needs to stand out. To be a shepherd. In fact, he feels he needs to come here and look for lost sheep
that he as a shepherd can bring back into the fold. I believe this to be true of all theists that come here.
Yet, when they get here, they realize that the sheep here are tougher than they thought and refuse to be lead anywhere, and this either disappoints them, angers them, or both. Rarely do they comprehend, or even try to, why we won't be lead
Then confused by our response to them, they return back to the flock frustrated, continue to wallow in the mud with the others, and because of the fear that god knows their thoughts, proceed to shake their heads thinking "fine! I tried god ! they can stay lost then ! they'll suffer your consequences for their stubbornness !! ".
In my case, they fail to grasp that I'm not lost and voluntarily left the flock of my own volition. I didn't lose my way by accident or following other sheep. I know exactly where I am, I know exactly why I'm there, I know that it's a much better place to be in, I know that I need to lead myself through life, and I know that I certainly have no desire to be lead by a shepherd
or be part of a flock again