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Who is God Where is God Does God really exist Should I believe in God These are some of the questions which are asked by millions of people each and every day who are desperately trying to find some meaning in their life Blaise Pascal tried to help society as well as himself to find the best solution to these problems Pascal attempted to determine if it was worth it to bet on Gods existence Were the atheists right in not wasting their time concerning the existence of God Have the true believers all been hoaxed into one big illusion Although a person will not actually be able to find out the truth until they are dead Pascal compared the gains and losses of believing there is a God during your finite life Before one is aloud to critique Pascals Wager one must first answer the question What is Pascals WagerThough Reason alone cannot lead us to God Pascal states an ingenious argument that is rational on prudential grounds to behave as god existsCottingham 1997 p 256 Due to the lack of conclusive rational grounds for belief we must wager or bet on his existence Cottingham 1997 p 256 Pascal says the prize here is an infinite or infinitely happy life one chance of winning against a finite number of chances of losing This leaves only one choice open in any game that involves infinity where there is not an infinite number of chances of losing to set against the chances of winning There is nothing to ponder- you must stake everything Pascal1995 no418 His wager can basically be summed up as If God REALLY exists and we believe bet that God exists we have an infinite gain heaven If God REALLY exists and we dont believe that then we have the potential of an infinite loss hell or at least eternal separation from God If God really does NOT EXIST
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