You have just described
Pascal's wager. It's a piss poor logical argument, I'm afraid.
(Original post by Silverngold)
I believe in God.
If I am wrong then fair enough, I will die and nothing will happen, I will rot in the ground.
If I am right I will spend eternity in heaven.
If you don't believe and you are right, again nothing will happen, you will also rot in the ground.
If you are wrong, then you will spend eternity in hell.
I don't think I want to take the chance.
There are two main problems with your line of thinking:
1) If this is the reason you believe in your version of God, you will probably not go to heaven anyway. You're supposed to believe in God because of love; not because you want to save your sorry ass if it turns out he exists.
2) Your God is not the only one that could exist. There are an infinite number of invisible beings (Zeus, Thor, Quetzalcoatl...) that you could anger by falsely believing in your version of God, so the chances are that you will go to hell anyway. Why are you wasting your time believing in your version of God when the probability is virtually just as remote as not believing?
Pascal's wager is as nonsensical as they come.
Also, you might want to brush up on your logical fallacies, beginning with the false dilemma.
Last edited by Xotol; 09-05-2012 at 16:00.
But I put complete faith into my religion... I'm confused
Last edited by zuqqer; 09-05-2012 at 16:50.