Pascal’s Wager: It is in one’s own best interest to behave as if God exists, since the possibility of eternal punishment in hell outweighs any advantage of believing otherwise.
Theology Web Conservative Christian 1:
If he (Gary) thinks God might exist, then why would he deliberately throw away his salvation? If God exists, he’s now in a world of trouble.
Theology Web Conservative Christian 2:
That’s why God is his (Gary’s) worst nightmare! You do not want to antagonize Jesus. In a hundred years (considering the average human lifespan), we shall see who was right. Or not.
Are these Christians correct? Should I hedge my bet and believe in/obey Jesus the Christ, even though the evidence strongly suggests to me that the Christian belief system is nothing but a superstition, in order to avoid eternal punishment in the Christian Hell?
Answer: There is no such thing as playing it safe or hedging your bet by believing in the Christian god. Pascal’s Wager has a big hole in it. In order to play it safe, one must believe in and obey every exclusivist religion on earth, and their god or gods, and this is obviously impossible. One cannot be a good, obedient Muslim and a good, obedient Christian at the same time. You are forced to make a choice. At least one choice and possibly both choices are wrong.
So unless Christians can prove their supernatural belief system is true with 100% certainty, which I don’t think even Nick or Stein would assert, it is incorrect for any of you to tell me that I should believe in Yahweh-Jesus to hedge my bets. There is no way to hedge your bets. No one can be 100% certain that his belief system is correct. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be any need for faith, would there?
I reject Christianity for the same reason I reject Hinduism, Judaism, Mormonism, and Islam: The evidence for their supernatural claims is just too weak to believe that one of them is the ultimate truth of the universe.