It always surprises me to see people repeating Pascal's wager as though it should be taken seriously. Basically, Pascal's wager states that believing in god is a bet you can't lose, because if there is no god you've lost nothing, and if there is a god you gain eternal life. This is wrong on so many levels and in so many ways that I can only touch the surface. The essential problem with Pascal's reasoning is that it assumes there are only two possibilities: Either: 1. The Christian god exists, with all the attributes attributed to him by Christianity, such as omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence; and that he'll reward you for belief in him and punish you for not believing in him, etc. Or: 2. There's no god at all. It leaves out the possibilities that there is a different god, who will punish you for believing in the wrong one; or a god who is not omnipotent and lacks the power to reward; or a god who wants something of you other than what Christianity asserts. There are hundreds of religions, and Pascal assumes that either his is right, or none is. While some Christian sects assert that belief alone is all it takes to be saved, and if you believe you are free to live your life however you like, others require certain standards, and some are quite strict. Thus, if you make Pascal's wager, and you are wrong, you may have wasted your entire life and given up all the joys and pleasures it has to offer, all for nothing. I suspect, though, that most people who make Pascal's wager believe that belief alone is sufficient, and they can live a fun life and still have eternal happiness just because they believed. But that's an assumption that is not justified if the more strict sects are right. Perhaps you make the wager, but lose because you lived your life wrong. In fact, Pascal's wager is nothing but a crap shoot. Pascal claims there are only two outcomes if you make the wager: either you were wrong and you've lost nothing, or you're right and you gain eternal life. But these are not the only outcomes by a long shot. Actual possible outcomes include (and this may not even be an exhaustive list): 1. You're wrong, there is no god, and you've wasted your life. 2. You're right that there's a god, but wrong about belief being sufficient, and you go to hell for living a wrong lifestyle. 3. You're wrong about which god exists, and you go to hell for believing in the wrong one. 4. You're right about there being a god, and he's happy you believed in him, but he does not have the power to grant you eternal life. 5. You're right about there being a god, and he's happy you believed in him, but he is kind of a bumbler, and in trying to grant you eternal life he makes a mistake and destroys you. (But he makes up for it by creating somebody else and being more careful next time.) Christians will say "Nonsense! God is all powerful and cannot make mistakes." But that is an assumption supported by nothing but their own dogma. 6. You win the bet and go to heaven. 7. You win the bet and go to heaven but heaven turns out to be so boring that after a few years you wish you were dead. I could go on and on. Some will accuse me of being facetious because they cannot conceive of the existence of any god other than the one taught to them by their parents, or the one they think they see in the scripture they were raised with. But different Christians interpret the same Bible very differently, and different religions have different scriptures, and no rational person would be able to find any reason to accept one over the others. It's pure guesswork. Or the chance of where you were born. Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Yoruba, Santeria, Maya, all have their own sacred teachings, and most have written scriptures or equivalent, and it's a very narrow mind that, like Pascal's, sees only two possibilities: that either his own religion is right or none is. I personally think that none is, but I recognize that the possibilities are endless, and that the chances of winning Pascal's wager are infinitesimal, while the consequences of losing it are potentially very great indeed. Believing in one particular god, and being wrong, can turn out far worse than Pascal claimed.