When I was younger than you, I worked at a very prestigious law firm. The partners had some very important and well known clients (corporations mostly). One major client was Honeywell/ ENIAC. The guys that were credited with the invention of the commonly used digital circuitry for the computer were affiliated with Honeywell. The law firm I worked for represented Honeywell/ ENIAC in a case called, Honeywell/ ENIAC vs Sperry Rand.
The men credited with the invention of the first digital computer were Prespert Eckher and John Maulchy. Had the firm won, these guys would have benefitted from license fees for every computer legally made. That would have made them probably wealthier than Bill Gates.
Because of a time coponent and the fact that they built the computer for the Anerican Defense Department, the circuitry design (considered by the guys their "inrelectual property") was put into the pubic domain.
One day I came to work and was greeted by some posters of the Disney Company's intelectual property Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Snow White, Pinocho et al peforming acts which might normally result in the procreation of the species.
Snow White and Pinochio were in compromising positions and Snow White was quoted as telling Pnochio "Lie to me. Lie to me!" I will leave the rest to your imagionation. The posters were funny but..
Obviously, The Disney Company did not appreciate the posters and considered them abuse of their "intellectual property." The guys that were printing the posters were making a small fortune. The posters were selling very well especially to college students. Disney got a restraining order.
The company I worked for decided to represent the publishers of the posters. That's why I decided I did not want to be a lawyer.
Obviously, the Disney characters are "real." Millions of people enjoy them. In my mind it was wrong to "abuse" Disney's creation. My point being, no one pickets Disney World claiming to be aMickey Mouse (that is to say there is no Mickey Mouse).
One of the things down played by evolution is our mental life. Mickey Mouse exists in the mental life of Millions of people. I respect that. Can you imagine anti-Mickey Mouse protesters outside of Disney World? I think they would be laughed to scorn. Can't you just hear them chanting;"Mickey Mouse does not exist! Mickey Mouse does not exist!..." lol
Consider God a Christian's and my personal "itellectual proerty." That makes our disagreement beteen you and me.
You are disrespecting my "intellectual property." If you don't respect what I create--you don't respect me. It is difficult, if not impossible to be a friend with someone who acts in a disrespectful manner (a bully).
You mis-understood me if, you think I am tryng to convice you there is a God. I am honestlhy only trying to convice you there is a me.
In relationships compromises are the order of the day. We don't stop at a red light because it is red but, because it symbolizes respect for another that "believes" (or has faith) he can "safely" proceed though an intersection because there has been a prior agreeent with others for him to do so when his light turns green.
I have compromised. I respect that you don't know whether there is a God external to your mind. To prove that He exists external to your mind is a Job for the Being you think does not exist--not me. I have a hard enough time proving I exist to you.
I have compromised. I believe you are an agnostic. I have created respect for you and affection for you in my mind. That's the only place I believe I can create it. I do not know how to make that real to you. I would think the only way to benefit from that is to eventually developing trust (faith) in me (that I am your friend).
The question gets down to what two autonimous creators are going to create for each other? Right now you seem to think that your version of the truth is more important to you than me. I freely state that you are more importan to me than my verion of the truth (my belief in an external God). The Bible says (a credible source to me and probably not to you) that if I want to be in good standing with God, I have to love and respect who He created (you--although I know you do not believe He created you--again I respect your created idea out of respect for you). That's what the term or word Christian means to me. It as no negative connotation.
Forgiveness was created by God because we are more imortant to Him than the "wrongs" (sin) we can do. So, what are you going to create for your brother(s)--me? Are you going to claim your version of the truth is more important than me? It's either a bully or an equal. There is no me without you. I already believe you exist. So, whether you believe in me or not I will continue to believe in you and hope God will cconvince you to believe in me (us) someday. No you are not a PStryder. You are more reasonable.