After reading many Atheist & Agnostic blogs I have noticed several common questions they get from Believers & Christians.
WHAT IF YOUR WRONG? What after you die, instead of just being dead, you are before God and about to be judged by God. What will you do? What if your wrong?
And really I think this is a somewhat underrated and misunderstood question by both Believers, Atheist, Christians, and Agnostics!
One of my fears and probably the fear of many Christians is to die and for God to ‘For I Never Knew You.’ And then for you to go to HELL for all eternity. That’s pretty heavy. Even rationally speaking, Is it worth the risk to be wrong? Is it reasonably worth the risk to go to Hell for all eternity?
(And this is something I do think about; I think Blaise Pascal put it best in his Wager…)
The French mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-62) put forward an argument that would appeal to agnostics. (An agnostic is someone who believes that it is impossible to prove God’s existence.)
His argument goes something like this: God either exists or he does not. If we believe in God and he exists, we will be rewarded with eternal bliss in heaven. If we believe in God and he does not exist then at worst all we have forgone is a few sinful pleasures.
If we do not believe in God and he does exist we may enjoy a few sinful pleasures, but we may face eternal damnation. If we do not believe in God and he does not exist then our sins will not be punished.
Would any rational gambler think that the experience of a few sinful pleasures is worth the risk of eternal damnation?
*Out of all the arguments I have heard of for to believe in God, this is the most sound and logical. No, it doesn’t prove the existence of God, but the logic in Pascal’s Wager is indenialby logical. Using this logic any rational atheist/agnostic should and would accept God.
However there is just ONE MAJOR FLAW in Pascal’s Wager;
WHICH GOD? And WHICH RELIGION?
And of course the Christian would say- “The Christain God”
And of course the Muslim would say- “Allah, The God of Islam”
And the Hindu would say- “It’s not one God; its our Gods”
And of course the Sikh would say-“It’s the Sikh God”
However there is an Atheist Response were other things are taken into consideration…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheist%27s_Wager