Pascal’s Wager?

by admin ~ April 25th, 2015. Filed under: Brandenburg.

I’m just going to cut and paste Wikipedia on Pascal’s Wager for consideration: “Pascal’s Wager is an argument in apologetic philosophy devised by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal (1623–62).  It posits that humans all bet with their lives either that God exists or not. Given the possibility that God actually does exist and assuming an infinite gain or loss associated with belief or unbelief in said God (as represented by an eternity in heaven or hell), 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.).”  This wager serves as an argument, but is it a wager?  I think some people in churches, probably most, do treat their Christianity like it is a wager, but more of a losing one than a winning one.  They treat the world like it’s winning the wager, if you consider where their true investment lies.  I’m asking you to evaluate yourself on this.  Our church requires little, and I say, “requires.”  God expects more if you really believe this, you love Him, and you are convinced this is true.  We base these kind of things on probability.  How probable is it that Christianity is true?  If you weigh it as 100%, at least you would say it is, by how you judge these things, what would your life look like?

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