Pascal's Gamble: The False Dilemma Essay

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Do you agree with Pascal's gamble on the existence of god?I do not agree with Pascal's gamble for many reasons. Looking religiously Pascal was a Catholic Christian. What does this prove you may ask? It means he hasn't been looking properly at his argument. There are millions of religions and each one of them says if you choose the wrong God you will not be rewarded with heaven. So we have to add a factor that there are thousands of religions. Now the chances of winning Pascal's gamble have thinned dramatically. Some religions do not even need a god for example Buddhism. Thinking about it Pascal's gamble can also mean that you are believing in all religions. The problem is that many of them will not accept you if you believe in other religions. Considering Judaism according to the noahide laws you can only get something or be rewarded if you only believe in him. Pascal has misunderstood that if you believe in religion and if there is no god nothing bad will happen to you. An even greater example is from the Quran,' If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good).' Most theists believe that this question is very simple. Their answer is that their god is the right god so they never think that they will go to hell from the god that they never believed in.There are two variables that Pascal has forgot to add that if you believe in god. That is time and money. Most religions (not all) require people to stay at a place of religious value at certain days or require them to donate money. If we didn't believe in god we could use that money for a useful purpose that would make you feel much better. Another argument against Pascal's gamble is that his work is a piece of bifurcation or a false dilemma. If people do not know what it means it means that you think there are only two points of view but in reality there is an other few that could be considered. These two options are that god punishes and rewards like in the bible and holy books or simply that the Christian god does not exist. There is a possibility that perhaps god rewards being questioning like an atheist and punishes people who believe devoutly in god. Another complicated theory is that maybe god does not even reward us even if you believe in the god so this theory will completely ruin Pascal's gamble.My third objection and from many other people is that there is a tiny chance that god may exist so the rewards have changed again. Both would give nothing at all and since atheism does not cost that much if we think about...

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