Some people will just not let themselves accept the truth, even when it slaps them in the face!
I didn’t for a long time!
It’s how are subconscious minds work.
The ultimate goal of our brains is ‘our perception of happiness!’
If the truth doesn’t fit with our mind’s concept of happiness then we reject it -no matter what!
Cognitive dissonance churns around inside our heads until eventually, hopefully, we become strong enough to accept the truth no matter how much it might hurt initially, no matter what the consequences might mean to us.
As long as truth, & following the truth, is the most important thing to us!
For some, following a myth, no matter how bizarre & contrived, is worth lying to themselves about inside their subconscious minds, as long as it makes them happy!
I did, for far too long!
The trouble with the Church is we’re programmed to fear anything which causes cognitive dissonance as from the devil!