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Pascal's Wager Essay

  • Submitted by: G2E4R1
  • on November 12, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 342 words

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The Wager
Pascal’s argument states that since it is difficult to prove that God exists, it makes sense to believe in God in case he exists. Along with his argument, Pascal lists the four different ways of living a life and their outcome, which are living a religious and ethical life and gaining eternal happiness, living a religious and ethical life but there is no God therefore nothing is gained or lost, living a life without religion and faith and being denied eternal happiness, and living a life without religion and faith and losing or gaining nothing because there is no God. If one lives a religious and ethical life they have nothing to lose and much to gain. In other words if there truly is a God then they would be rewarded with eternal happiness and by being sent to heaven, but if there is no God they lose nothing and still benefit from their faith but in a different manner. Instead of gaining eternal happiness and eternal life in heaven, their gain would be the high moral standard life that they lived due to their faith.
On the contrary, if one believes that there is no God and doesn’t practice religion then they have much to lose and nothing to gain. If there is a God, what they would lose is eternal happiness and heaven. Without believing in God, one can’t be rewarded by God. If there is no God then the non-believers wouldn’t lose anything, but they are risking eternal happiness; therefore, one should take the religious route. Betting against the existence of God is a high risk bet, because there is much to be lost if God truly exists. Since a person would lose nothing if God doesn’t exist, everyone should believe in God. If one doesn’t believe in God and God does exist, then they would be full of regret. On the other hand if one does believe in God and God doesn’t exist, then they won’t be full of regret because they were religious.

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