Blaise Pascal, the 16th-century mathematician, addressed the question of faith in the form of gambling (Pascal’s Wager).
- God is, or is not, and reason can’t make a choice.
- Hence, it is a wager, and it is not optional. The wager is belief.
- If there is no God, nothing matters, for all will end in the cold dark.
- If there is a God and one believes, one forgoes temporal joys for infinite salvation
- If there is a God an one does not believe, one forgoes infinite salvation for temporal joys.
- The ‘loss’ in the ‘God exists but I don’t believe’ choice is far worse, as it’s eternal.
- Hence the rational choice is to believe; it offers the greatest gain and the smallest loss.