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B"H,

The commandment against blasphemy implies a positive commandment to believe in Hashem. This is a majority view, and we are obligated to believe in many attributes of Hashem.

Only, well, I'm an atheist. I've evaluated the evidence for claims of any supernatural phenomenon, and the balance seems to be against it. Of course I keep looking, and of course I can be wrong, but I don't expect a change. It seems impossible - not hard and painful, but outright physically impossible - for me to fulfil my obligation of belief. What should I do?

Now why do I consider halacha binding in the first place, since I don't believe it has divine origins? That's a good question and I don't have all the answers, but I'm impressed with its beauty and complexity and how well it fits human psychology, regardless of where it's from.

Thanks for any advice.
B"H

(For our readers who might not know, "Hashem" is a title in Hebrew that is used to refer to G-d, and "halacha" means Torah Law.)

Dear Leopold,

It seems the answer is that you don't yet have a correct understanding of G-d, so your incorrect assumptions are feeding your disbelief.
Since you do have some appreciation for halacha (Torah Law), that could be a starting place from which you can build up a correct understanding. Please take the time to read and think about this explanation for Noahides which was provided to Ask Noah by Rabbi J. Immanuel Schochet o.b.m.:

http://asknoah.org/wp-content/uploads/th...e-web2.pdf

I think that this essay from a pious Noahide, with links to his audio series on the Torah's Oral Law, will give you a lot of additional insight, as well as interesting information:

http://asknoah.org/essay/coming-to-a-rea...oral-torah