1. If you believe in God and he exists, you gain eternity.Believing in God just because there's a possibility of eternity in heaven is just silly. My problem with the wager is that belief is not a switch I can turn off and on. If God is all the christians claim he is, then he would not be fooled by someone going through the motions "just in case." If I were to "get saved" right now at this very moment, I would not be doing it sincerely, because, I really don't believe that there is a God. It would be only a ritual to me. Nothing more. I just don't know how to will myself to truly believe something that I find absurd.
2. If you believe in God and he does not exist, you die.
3. If you do not believe in God and he does exist, you spend eternity in torment.
4. If you do not believe in God and he does not exist, you die like number 2.
I've always wondered if there are any christians out there that have "gotten saved" because they were convinced by Pascal's Wager. If not, why do christians use it so often when proselytizing? Would my fundie friends and family consider them "True Christians"?
"Believing in God is a safer bet" is a terrible reason to believe in God. "Believing" for this reason would not be sincere belief, and even if God existed, it seems unlikely that he/ she/ it/ they would be fooled by it. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across. --Greta Christina