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Pascal’s Wager and My Metaphor.

Posted in Johnocidal Musings, Superficial Psychobabble with tags , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by Jack

Sometimes while talking to various kinds of believers they bring up some form of Pascal’s Wager. Usually I’ll answer with the truth about my feelings on the matter. I tell them “Well, you can pretend to believe that there is a God, but you can’t honestly say you do when you don’t. I see no reason why I would lie to myself and everyone around me, being unhappy out of some vague fear of punishment from a god I don’t believe exists.”

If they don’t claim that you actually do believe in God and are just denying him, then usually it satisfies their curiousity.

Now for anyone who doesn’t really believe in God, and is acting religious simply to “hedge your bets,” I have a question for you; 
What would you say if instead of someone asking you to join a church, they asked you to jump off of a bridge?

They seem confident, and maybe even happy. They say you won’t die by jumping, but if you jump off any other bridges you will. Now here’s the thing, no one has seen the bridge. You only get a description that someone else who never saw it gave a long time ago.

If everyone else was jumping off a bridge, would you?

Personally I’m of the view that we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

As salaam alaykum.