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Heaven or Hell? (Refuting the Pascal's Wager) – jj
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Heaven or Hell? (Refuting the Pascal's Wager)



Christians have used an argument that is called “the Pascal’s Wager” to scare people into choosing God over Atheism.

They say something like this:
“Why take a foolish gamble?
What if you are wrong? Then you will end up in hell!
Who does want to take that risk?
What if atheists are right? Then there is no hell!
Then you would have nothing to lose!
But you will have a lot to lose if you are wrong.
If God is real and you rejected him, then you will go to hell!
So, It is better to believe in Jesus and go to Heaven after death.
Christians have nothing to lose and Atheists have lots to lose!”

This argument is easily refuted by using a more realistic parameters. The world is not divided into ‘black and white.’ The world is filled with numerous religious beliefs with contradicting interpretations. So, we can reframe this question and change into:

“What if Muslims is right? This would mean Christians could end up in Islamic hell!” You can easily replace any religions with the same argument and come up with a different answer.

You also can replace ‘God’ with any gods in the world. For example, “What if Thor and Valhalla is real? Christians will go to hell!” It is a ridiculous argument after all.

More importantly, we ought to ask which Christian group we ought believe in? Some Christians have said that other Christians will go to hell for being in a wrong Christian group! Let me rephrase this same argument into: “What if Jehovah is real and the Jehovah’s Witness is right? You will go to hell!”

So the Pascal’s wager argument is easily refuted through the means of variety of religious options in the world and among the Christian community. Science, history, philosophy, and archaeology have helped us understand the world and life better. Understanding Evolution has helped us understand where we came from and where we will go.

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  1. Apostle Paul explained in 2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

    3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

    1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

    3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
    Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame
    Beloved John

  2. All religions cannot live without their Heaven and Hell system to make money so that is how their system works successfully. They abuse people with/without religion into believing in imaginary God using their Heaven and Hell scare tactics as weapon. They are very poisonous and toxic to our good society

  3. First of all, of course, there are many religions out there, however, if one really sees what they believe and compares them to scripture, they will realize 99% of them are false. Scripture says God is not the author of confusion. What does this then mean? It is Satan and man that has caused so much confusion in this world in the past and present and will still cause much confusion.

    Second of all, since God is a God of order as well as the fact that we were marvelously created by a Supreme Being (since things cannot come from nothing) and the Bible has been proved time and time again, we know who God is. All the false religions have created their god, but since their religion is false, their god is false as well. Since the Bible is true and God said there is Heaven and Hell, then Heaven and Hell exists.

    By the way, accepting Jesus Christ in one's heart is unscriptural. It is also unscriptural to use objects such as rosary beads, etc. as there is no such example of this in scripture.

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