Here's the bottom line.. Religion has been the most vague, ambiguous, and emotional catalyst for people to try to understand the world/universe of our reality. When people let emotional reasons to guide their thinking and reasoning it very often is wrong and leads to irrational reasoning.
The only time and I mean the only time I've ever personally see Christians try to use seemingly rational logic and reasoning is discussions on this site. This site is the only time you'll see them try and discuss like seemingly rational adults scenarios of our cosmos like the details of the big bang, concede the notion of the power of a quasar, or even potentially bring up the seemingly impossible notion of a black hole and the densities of matter of a neutron star. They even finally concede that most of these thing actually exist with the BIG exception being the big bang was absolute beginning time and space and our universe as we've detected and measured using our "current" technology and knowledge. They always insert god as the initial creator.
But even if there were finally evidence of a god that can control and/or change natures laws of physics which currently have been in the driver's seat for approximately 13.8 billion years, how do make the jump to a god who created us specifically in his image, has an emotional attachment to us, answers prayers (only if they fall within the current natural laws of course... Hmmmm), and last but certainly not least - died for our sins and rose from the grave with a separation of heaven and hell for our conscious ( soul concept to the religious) when we die!? This is not a story that should hold up with grown, educated and literate adults without more evidence and information given.
This is however a story that would probably stick with a child, an uneducated and illiterate adult with a limited view and access to knowledge of our world and further off, our universe outside their own eyes.
More importantly, the god that died for our sins story sticks with people for emotional reasons. Some people actually believe that this personified god gives them purpose in life and the ultimate reason to live. Like other atheists have said this strong emotional attachment to an ideology/belief does not make it true - its tough but grow up, get rid of the childhood blanky that feels so soft and cozy... None of us can see your blanky but we know you can talk about it with such great detail it must exist... Nope, not the case, sorry Christians can't accept this logic and reasoning.
Here's my take on religion in the end. I will perfectly accept its strong emotional response with people who need it to live and be happy (let me repeat, this still doesn't make it real). What I will not accept which most of the atheists on this site because of religion are the following:
Creationism as a acceptable explanation of our universe - Not acceptable. More importantly wanting this to be forced to be taught in science classrooms - leave it to churches and the parents as it does align with our current science. I always say "current" because I'm allowed as a non-believer to change my mind if evidence presents itself. We are neutral on religion as you've already accepted it as absolute truth and ready to see how many others you can get to buy the story. I've often wondered if Christians do this for ego, for money, self-satisfaction, test their own knowledge of the myths or if it's actually genuine...
Religion and the bible used as a battering ram between what's considered right, wrong, good, bad, and most importantly the high pedestal of human ethics and morality in life. None of this is dependent on religion and the belief of a god which has been clearly communicated to you here but apparently we're the one lying... When all else fails such as your story of creation don't make others be it non-believers or people of the wrong god feel bad and/guilty that we are born "sinners" as you all proclaim - not acceptable and is a lousy, dishonest way to achieve the goals of your game in life. Just because you're all in with your chips in life don't make others feel like they need to play to raise your own pot size sort of speak.
Also, to divide, separate and oppress other groups of people in society as the bible is clearly a catalyst for hate (it goes into this whole different interpretations and peoples inner existing bigotry and fear to use as the sword of attack and then the shield of defense as needed - you understand that already as your avatar implies you are ready to defend) is clearly not acceptable. However, Christians are always at the front lines to use god and the bible to be sure others do not have the same equal civil liberties and human rights - lame duck man, lame duck... They proclaim that their god is the judge in the end but yet still hold swords and shields suppressing the above mentioned. If you believe your story then let others live - god will protect you and it's his will with your life in the end right... You realize that religion has been always seemingly on the wrong side of history on pretty much everything its tried to explain or defend. In other words, I can notice a trend of people who are probably wrong about their truth and explanations when I see or hear it.
Lastly, You picked on Graybeard for having too many picked out facts and/or passages from various sources and yet you still don't understand why atheists are ultimately and genuinely looking for the truth. Christians proclaim to know the truth on everything but really do not offer solidified and acceptable explanations and/or sources on reality. We are grown adults and are not kids who accept "because the bible is truth and I know god is real with all my heart" sort of speak - this is not acceptable nor should it ever be. We also sort a take it as a sin to pick on him.
In the end religion wants us to feel special, that we are unique in the universe and created by a designer. I can tell you that we are all snowflakes in that we are different at the molecular level. Whether or a designer is needed to up for discussion.http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/photos/w031224a130.jpg