Pascal’s Wager

22 01 2013

by Jo

Pascal's Wager

I can easily say my religious belief system could be thought of in the same light as Pascal’s wager.

Why do I believe in God? Because it is better to believe in God and gain everlasting life than to not believe in God and lose everything.

It is simple really. The brilliant French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote about his “wager” in a work called Pensées. It truly will make you think.

Believing in God is a coin toss. There is equal chance of gaining two lifetimes of happiness (for believers) and gaining nothing (for non-believers).

“If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.”

So, I go on, believing in God through my own eyes. My Catholic faith and I disagree on many levels, but while growing up, it has given me a place to start.

I believe in God, yes. I do because I believe there is more to life than what I can clearly see. But I do not go around quoting the Bible, and it makes me a little crazy when people take the book’s meaning as literal.

So I wager with reason, as Pascal would, because this is what my comprehensive and meticulous education has taught me to do.

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22 01 2013
23 01 2013
stenlu02

A quote that was left on one of my posts applies really well here:
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

23 01 2013
johannamueller

This quote definitely can apply here. Thanks for the comment, Lukas!

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