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Pascal’s Wager, the failed argument!

You will frequently hear believers make the following rationalization:

pascals-wagerSuppose you are right. Suppose there is no God. Then when I die as a believer, I have lost nothing. I just die, as a man that devoted his life to love and morals. But if you, as a non-believer, are wrong and I am right, you have to spend an eternity in hell. See, I have nothing to lose, but you have everything to lose.
pascals-wagerThis argument is best known as Pascal’s Wager.

The problem with this line of reasoning is that there are thousands of gods that humans have imagined. A person who believes in Allah can make this statement, and so can a person who believes in God, and so can a person who believes in Vishnu. This multitude of fictional beings shows the silliness of the argument. There is no way to know which god to choose, because there is no evidence whatsoever indicating that any of them exist.

The fact is that religion is delusion. All human gods are imaginary. By believing in an imaginary god, a believer has not “lost nothing.” Believers commit themselves to a lifetime of delusion, instead of committing their lives to reality.

Non-believers, in contrast, live moral and loving lives without having to resort to delusion. Non-believers are normal human beings who embrace reality rather than delusion. As a result, they live much healthier lives.

The fact that there are so many gods proves that all of these gods are imaginary. If there actually were an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving “god” in any form, he would be obvious to everyone and we would all align on him. His existence would be undeniable and impossible to hide.


One comment on “Pascal’s Wager, the failed argument!

  1. kirk
    November 16, 2013

    “when I die as a believer, I have lost nothing. I just die, as a man that devoted his life to love and morals.”

    Morality does NOT automatically follow from “belief”: witness the many heinous acts committed today and throughout history, by BELIEVERS. For example, believers in one “god” were/are still responsible for forced conversions, crusades, inquisitions, and religious warfare against unbelievers – called “heretics” and “infidels” – and even against believers with differences in opinion – likewise called “heretics,” “infidels,” or “apostates.” In all such cases, belief is actually working against love and morality.

    One might also refer to documented instances of rape, and the immoral and loveless treatment of children, committed by ardent and faithful “believers” (including the clergy).

    A nonbeliever may of course choose a life of ‘lovelessness and immorality’, but it is also true that a life devoted to ‘love and morals’ does not necessarily follow from “belief.” The endorsement of Pascal’s Wager enables those who promote “belief” as a moral panacea to evade the reality of the situation: Belief has often functioned as Public Enemy #1 against love and morality.


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