i guess the way god works is, he's letting people runaway from him bcs he is sure we will back to him.
bcs basically, human being is full of hmm what's the right words.. 'ketidaktahuan'- ignorance?
the truth is, we cant live without something to rely on. even you state yourself as an atheist, you need something to stick with. something to believe in. no matter whats that.
its like you want to run but you dont know the direction. so you keep walking then you lost then you'll be back to your parent.