Michael, the church, religion, beliefs have only as much power over you a you give your power to them.
I think your whining is because you can't let go of being a victim.
Most of the Bible allegories were borrowed from other cultures.
All of the Pentateuch was copied from Sumerian and Babylonian myths such as the 'Epic of Gilgamesh'.
It appears that nothing in the Bible came from first hand witness information, not even the myths concerning Jesus Christ.
Everything was either from legend (myths handed down by rote) or allegorical, which is the way ancients would teach children about morality and their culture.
Most of these were developed to hijack human socially evolved cognition.
The originators of such allegories were very clever, as they had no knowledge of neurology, nor of psychology, yet they knew how to seduce the human mind.
They hijacked our:
Hyperactive Agency Detection cognitive mechanism, inducing fear and panic.
Attachment mechanisms, inducing the sense of caring and nurturing dad/mum figures giving a false sense of security/calm.
Creating a minimally counter-intuitive environment, with just enough nonsense to be acceptable by our rational sense. Such as virgin birth, everything else is intuitive, Mary is just an ordinary woman, so a little bit of nonsense in the virgin birth is only minimally counter-intuitive and doesn't raise enough questioning for disbelief.
And many more survival based evolutionary cognitive functions are hijacked by the teaching of these minimally counter-intuitive allegorical/legend myths.
They are the very essence of brain washing.
Very clever for such ancient story telling.
Though religions had thousands of years to practice their art of cognitive deception/hijacking.
Thus, a very sophisticated con job is religion.
As I mentioned earlier "water" is a metaphor for "writings" and the fact that a Sumerian legend was on board Noah's Ark makes it relatively easy to see the Biblical "flood" as representing the change from Cuneiform to the Phoenician alphabet. The fact that other Sumerian legends are scattered throughout the Moses means that these books together represent the "Ark". (So the allegories are not just "borrowed"; they are altered to tell a different story.) From this interpretation, it might then be suggested that the "Egyptians" were a metaphor for the Sumerians and the "Hebrews" were actually the Akkadians.
The stories and religions that we know about, that had or have great influence, also survived a sort of "natural selection". All those "clever" mechanisms that hijack our cognitive functions turn out to be adaptive traits for the stories to survive and be spread.
Pascal Boyer gives a good explanation of these mechanisms GC, in his book Religion Explained.
Warren, what you say makes sense.
Most of us here have found that logic doesn't reach believers' minds. Some of us, finding our attempts to proselytize blocked, complain.
Fiction writers and poets use metaphor; poets know better than other writers that metaphor can go where logic doesn't.
We will do well to consider alternatives to reason.