Travels of a Generic Christian

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Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Sunday, December 09, 2007

A Comment on Pascal's Wager

A highly distilled form of Blaise Pascal’s famous “wager” may be stated as follows:

If God exists then we have everything to gain by believing that He exists, but we have everything to lose if He exists and we decide that He does not. Naturally, if God does not exist then there is nothing to be gained or lost by either believing or not believing in Him. Therefore, the wise, no-brainer “wager” is to believe in the existence of God and act accordingly.

… Uh, actually, I just found out that what I was going to say has already been said better by others. What I was going to say was that the desired/induced result of Pascal’s wager is no belief at all: it is merely lip service. But, like I said, this problem has been nicely addressed by many others, see, for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal's_Wager#Does_not_constitute_a_true_belief

3 Comments:

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Iron Soul said...

Exactly. Why would you pretend to believe in a god that couldn't tell you were only pretending.

 
At 1:59 AM, Blogger daisy said...

In response to Iron Soul,.....God can tell if you are pretending, because He knows everythng. So there would be no sence in pretending to believe, because that would do no good. He would know that you didn't truly believe. He wants us to believe with all our heart, mind, and soul.

 
At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Dasiy said...

Iron Soul,
God knows when one is pretending, bcause He knows everything. There would be no point to pretend. Besides, He wants His followers to believe with their whole heart, mind, and soul.

 

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