posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 01:37 PM
reply to post by jjkenobi
If that is your belief you better be 100% correct. 99.9% doesn't cut it. For those of us who do believe if we are wrong then oh well, no harm
That line of reasoning is actually called Pascal's Wager
Pascal's Wager is an argument in apologetic philosophy which was devised by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662). It posits that humans all bet with their lives either that God exists or does not exist. Given the possibility that God
actually does exist and assuming the infinite gain or loss associated with belief in God or with unbelief, a rational person should live as though God
exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.).
The philosophy uses the following logic (excerpts from Pensées, part III, §233):
"God is, or He is not"
A Game is being played... where heads or tails will turn up.
According to reason, you can defend neither of the propositions.
You must wager. (It's not optional.)
Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose
Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (...) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite
number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game
where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain.
Basically, there is a 50/50 chance that God is real, or not real. Given the probability, it is better to "believe" and "be a good Christian" because
logic dictates that the loss associated with being a non-believer is far greater than the loss of the believers.
This sort of rationalization also proves that Christianity uses fear to gain believers--and that, if
the Christian God is real, and if
hell exists and people go there for "non-belief" then it is also true that God is the worst of all tyrants throughout history.
Edit to Add:
I would also like to point out that, if the majority of people are browbeaten into believing in God or being Christian, don't you think that the
all-knowing being would know that you only
follow him to escape torture?
You only follow him to escape torture.
I mean, really think about that.
This is why I will never follow any
religion. If such a being as that exists, it is our collective moral duty to rebel against it.
on 20-11-2013 by LewsTherinThelamon because: (no reason given)