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If you're right and god doesn't exist, if we believers still believe by the time we die.... oh well.
If the faithful are right and god does exist at the end of it all .... sucks to be you.
On the contrary, if you are only believing because you are afraid that if you don't bad things can happen, then you're only 'being good' simply out of fear, which isn't being a good person to begin with.
originally posted by: ShadowLink
a reply to: Ghost147
Personally I like to think that IF there is a god of any kind, he knows what's in your heart when your end comes.
If you tried to do right by him/her throughout your life then all is good.
If you went through life not believing then your reasons why are known to him/her and all is good.
And all that is IF he/she even cares what you do with your life and what you believe.
Can God really blame one for lack of belief in something when no signs or communication is ever given?
The Atheist's Wager is a variant of Pascal's Wager that divides the gods who reward faith and the gods who reward works, finding that it is better to not believe and do good works, for maximum benefit. If one takes into account that rewarding and punishing based on faith in a deity without reasonable evidence to believe that a god is evil, then spending your time sucking up to a such a deity is a waste of time. If one discounts the possibility of a god who sends good people to hell for bad reasons, we are left with a completely different payoff table.
Regardless of one's belief about a benevolent god, the results still favor a good life. Pascal's Wager relies on the judgments of an evil god who sends good people to hell for not believing in him. Moreover, because there are an infinite number of possible such gods, the odds of getting the right answer are 1 in ∞. Even if a faith-rewarding god existed, believing in an incorrect faith-rewarding god might anger such a god more than not believing in any gods with good reasons.