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Pascal's Wager

Guest Author - Theresa Faulkner

For years I practiced Pascal’s Wager without knowing what it was or that a person named Blaise Pascal, a seventeenth century French mathematician and theologian, coined the wager (but perhaps not the term).

Pascal's Wager states:

"If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having, neither parts nor limits, He has no affinity to us. We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is ... you must wager. It is not optional. You are embarked. Which will you choose then? Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation that he is."

In plain English, this basically means that you lose nothing if you side in believing in God. If you believe and it turns out you are right, you are safe and will go to Heaven. If you believe and it turns out you were wrong, then you don't lose anything.

It is also easier said than done. I can not MAKE myself believe no matter how hard I might try. And I did try.

I believe many agnostics side with believing in God because they may think that it is safer to believe. For awhile, I thought this way. But then I realized that if this God truly ‘knew’ my heart, than He knew I was lying to myself. I gave up pretending to believe.
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