I think that Loren Miller's brief comment on Pascal's wager ("How would Pascal's wager get past an omniscient deity") is an excellent refutation of the usefulness of accepting the wager. Don't Christians believe that "god" decides who will or will not be admitted to heaven,or "saved"? Anyone whose belief in "god" is based solely on a hope that such a belief will give him/her a free ticket to heaven clearly has an insincere belief in "god." Wouldn't "belief in god" mean a real belief, something deeply felt and sincere, not just a statement tossed off for the sole purpose of covering all bases. And wouldn't "god" know who is and is not sincere. And wouldn't an intelligent power favor an honest atheist over an insincere "believer." So maybe it's the atheist who goes to "heaven." (Though I really wouldn't want to anyway.)
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