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September 1st, 2006, 09:17 PM
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Have you ever had someone tell you that you should believe in God because of Pascal's wager? They usually word it along the lines of "If I am wrong, nothing happens. If you are wrong, you go to hel*")

What kind of God lets people in heaven because they thought "oh wow, I better believe in case Pascal's wager is right!" or "I'd better believe so that I don't risk being wrong."

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September 1st, 2006, 11:16 PM
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Have you ever had someone tell you that you should believe in God because of Pascal's wager? They usually word it along the lines of "If I am wrong, nothing happens. If you are wrong, you go to hel*")

What kind of God lets people in heaven because they thought "oh wow, I better believe in case Pascal's wager is right!" or "I'd better believe so that I don't risk being wrong."

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And wouldn't an all knowing god, know that you were pretty much trying to BS your way into heaven?

And in that case, isn't it better to be a theist, who believes that god is apart of all religions, that way all your bases are covered.
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September 2nd, 2006, 02:09 PM
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That's the one thing I could never get about that portion of the theist population...the ones that believe "just in case". I mean, if you have to believe out of fear, in my humble opinion, it's not worth it. How is that extortion mistaken for freewill?
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September 3rd, 2006, 04:19 AM
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There are a couple ways of looking at this, the first is to hedge your bets and pick the religion that will get you the best heaven and avoidance of the worst hell. That would probably be Islam. Another way of looking at it is that the best choice is to pick no religion. From a logical perspective, it is rational to assume no God exists, based on the lack of credible evidence. This way, if you pick the wrong god, God won't be like "W T F were you thinking, I am nothing like THAT God. Go to He11." Ultimately, using Pascal's wager is intellectually dishonest. It is saying there is no obvious God, but I am just going to pick one anyway and have my whole life directed by It's concepts.
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September 4th, 2006, 08:38 PM
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http://plognark.com///Comics/Pascals...scalswager.php
^ My friend's take on it. Cracks my s--t up.
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