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Pascal's Wager (or Pascal's Gambit) is a suggestion posed by the French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist Blaise Pascal that even if the existence of God cannot be determined through reason, a rational person should wager as though God exists, because living life accordingly has everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Pascal formulated his suggestion uniquely on the God of Jesus Christ as implied by the greater context of his Pensées, a posthumously published collection of notes made by Pascal in his last years as he worked on a treatise on Christian apologetics.
The Atheist's Wager is an atheistic response to Blaise Pascal's Wager. While Pascal suggested that it is better to take the chance of believing in a god that might not exist rather than to risk losing infinite happiness by disbelieving in a god that does, the Atheist's Wager suggests that:
You should live your life and try to make the world a better place for your being in it, whether or not you believe in god. If there is no god, you have lost nothing and will be remembered fondly by those you left behind. If there is a benevolent god, he will judge you on your merits and not just on whether or not you believed in him.
That said: They both should be moral because accepting God means doing His commandments (summed up in 'love thy neighbor as thyself').
'). Religion just shows a consequence and reaction to when your actions are unjust and immoral.
Atheists do not necessarily have such a dilemma to bare.
Have faith because you feel it must be so, not because it's probably the better option.
See the good it can bring and strive to bring that good to fruition.
Seek to know God and let your prejudices melt away.
As for the atheist, seek good for goodness' sake (though I myself would have you also seek to know God).
I hope this was an acceptable response, and if not I would love to hear a counter-argument. (I don't mean to sound better but that I enjoy debates)
May God's love be with you friends.