We grow up not thinking. It is all done for us. We are told what to do, what to say, how to act. Oh sure, we do think about some things. Mainly selfish things like what we want at the moment, but we really don't think. Education is supposed to provoke thought and the farther we engage in education the farther we engage in thought, deep thought. Transversely and simultaneously religion oppresses thought and continues the obedience to authority mantra. We are told by the christian religion that we have free will but the fact is that that will is so beat down and oppressed that there is no free will, only conformity, and obedience.
For some of us, we take it upon ourselves to actually think. This process leads us to understand that there is no proof of a god, any god, that we have been indoctrinated to believe and obey a myth of gargantuan proportions. This may stir in us at an early age and we are labeled as precocious or obstinate in an effort to realign us to obedience and suppress thought. How many times have we been told that it is a sin to question god? But question we do, and inevitably we understand that there are no answers, that god is a myth, that faith is an excuse for no proof. Now many believers put this down to adolescent rebellion not understanding that there is a difference. It's natural to rebel against authority. If you don't, you never understand the validity of that authority. So when one rebels against christian authority the fact comes out that there is absolutely no validity of such an authority, no reason to abide by such a ridiculous myth. Therefore the thinkers among us never go back to obeying this myth based authority. Most of us are not satisfied though and exhaustively search for any evidence of a god. This is what most believers don't understand about atheists. It is why most atheists are far greater experts on christianity than almost every christian. Most if not all christians just don't think. They never question the religious authority. They never question faith. They might question the particular sect of their faith but they never question christianity itself. Therefore they don't research it with any critical view. Therefore they don't seek the truth. Instead, they seek comfort. Comfort can be attained quite easily unless you are seeking the truth. You can be comfortable with almost anything if you don't care about truth.
For we thinkers, we can never be comfortable with anything but the truth to the point that we understand that the truth may be and often is that there isn't an answer. Believers are not comfortable with there isn't an answer. After all, god myths were all created by man to satisfy the fact that we don't know the answer. Believers take comfort in the god myth because they don't want to think, don't know how to think, but need an answer to what can't be answered. From that end, a whole magnitude of comfort has been provided for the believers to keep on not thinking. Like apologists and intelligent design.
The old testament is a good example of this. Noah's Ark story is a myth to satisfy where all the different animals came from. Adam's rib to answer why there are two different sexes. Genisis to explain how we came to be. All answers to "why" even though at the time no one could have possibly have known the answer. It has always been comforting to think that there is a father figure there to protect us. It is WHY god is referred to as "father".
There will always be a god myth because as long as humans exist most of them will never think!
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