Pascal’s Wager

In a culture that considers itself open-minded and tolerant, I am repeatedly struck by how close-minded and intolerant it is to the idea of an Almighty God. It seems some would open up their minds to just about anything but a God who is actively involved in his creation. Just about anything is tolerated these days, all in the name of being open-minded, non-judgmental, accepting. But mention Jesus Christ, Creator of all things, and watch the tolerance levels plummet. This is not surprising. He was said to be “despised and rejected of men” and “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” long before his earthly birth. This was true of his physical presence on earth two thousand years ago, and it is true today.

This is my challenge to you. If you are truly open-minded, consider Blaise Pascal’s Wager.

(Excerpted from Creation magazine – Dec. 2007-Feb. 2008 issue)

So what is Pascal’s Wager? Pascal proposed that there are one of two truths in the universe, and one of two ways to live in relation to those truths.

The Truths: Either God exists, or God doesn’t exist.

The ways to live: You can live as if God exists, or you can live as if God doesn’t exist.

Combining these we have the following conclusions:

  1. If God doesn’t exist, and you live as though He doesn’t exist, you have no losses.
  2. If God doesn’t exist, and you live as though He does, you have no losses but gain the advantages of a better life.
  3. If God does exist, and you live as though He doesn’t, you lose big time.
  4. If God does exist, and you live as though He does, you have no losses and gain everything.

Now living as though God exists involves far more than just acknowledging that He exists. It must involve a recognition of the need for God’s forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

For the complete article and other valuable information, I highly recommend a subscription to Creation magazine for every open-minded, tolerant global citizen!

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