Hello. A friendly atheist here. A question occurred to me the answer to which I’d like a range of opinions from among Christians. This is not a “gotchya” question. I am not fishing for any right or wrong answer to prove some point. Promise. First, let me just say there are certain aspects of Christianity which I find truly beautiful, benevolent and inspiring; the most profound (in my opinion) being the principle of forgiveness and redemption. To my thinking, this central Christian tenet stands out among all the rest of the major world religions. That having been said, my worldview entails two very “un-Christian” perspectives. I expect that most Christians will see these characteristics as tightly linked, even inseparable. But, for me, they are distinctly unrelated. In fact, I did not come to adopt them at the same time in my life and, so far as I can recall, neither affected (or affects) my acceptance of the other. These two heretical characteristics are: 1. I do not believe in the existence of any god. (BTW, I do not argue there isn’t, or cannot be, any such thing as a god. I have simply never been convinced in the existence of one.) 2. I do not find the edicts of God, as described in any Judeo-Christian scripture, to be moral, consistent, or just. If you could convince me to reverse one, and only one, of these positions, which do you think would be more important for you to focus on? Before you answer anything along the lines of, “Well, if you BELIEVED in God, you would also believe in the righteousness of his doctrine,” let me say: Perhaps. Though I don’t think so. I THINK (could be wrong) even if I believed in God, I would still find his proposition for pious living and salvation deeply flawed. Now, I know I CAN’T know precisely how I would feel if I actually believed. But I will argue it is possible to comprehend God as real and still renounce him. You can probably see where I’m going with this: Whether he is real or imaginary, there is no question Satan knows God a lot better than I do. Yet he still rebels. This is not to say I find anything at all appealing about Satan. But it does bear out that it is at least possible to know God and still reject him. I accept (A) that I might be wrong about not believing in God and (B) if I AM wrong I’ll be spending most of eternity stewing in a lake of fire. I own that. It’s on me. (Why I’m OK with that is the subject of another conversation, in my opinion.) So, knowing all that. And that I probably can’t be “saved” if I only incorporate one or the other principal into my worldview, which would you rather convince me of: Following God’s doctrine, believing it is good whether or not he exists? Or believing he is real? Thanks for your attention and patience.