When a Christian confronts an atheist they often say Why are you rejecting god? They are not rejecting god. If they were, the atheist would say I believe a number of gods exist, including Yahweh and Poseidon. However, because Yahweh is such sadistic bastard, I am signing on with team Poseidon. That would be rejecting Yahweh.
What the atheist is actually saying is I don’t believe any gods exist. And that includes both Yahweh and Poseidon. I can’t very well worship or have a relationship with a god who is not there. I have nothing against these gods as characters of fiction. It is just that they don’t exist.
The atheist might try to explain this way. I doubt sasquatches exist. I don’t reject sasquatches. It is not that I don’t like them because they are too hairy or too smelly. It is just that I think they are imaginary. I don’t care about them one way or the other because they are not real. Until someone finds some evidence they exist, they are not worth thinking about.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)