It is compelling because they want it to be so.
A woman I work with is newly "born again" and is soaking up the Bible right now. Another person I work with is a Preacher and she talks so excitedly to him almost every day about what she has read in the Bible. Yesterday she was going on and on to him about what a miracle the Exodus was and all the people "suffered" in the 40 years lost in the wilderness. She wants to believe that this stuff happened. She does not think about the myriad rational absurdities of the story. Nor does she want to, she just wants to believe. Which is one of the many reasons I just keep my mouth shut when I hear them talking. I am not fighting a losing cause at my work.