Christians LOVE to use the argument ;"what if you're wrong. If you're wrong you lose everything, but if I'm wrong i lose nothing." This is called PASCALS WAGER, and it is a silly little argument. To an inexperienced atheist this could become a stumbling block so let me advise you how to counteract this fatuous argument.


Firstly you can jab at them and say, "you're being a coward." And besides, wouldn't god sense your insecurity and know you're just trying to get out of hell? after all, he is all-knowing. While they try to counter this, kindly explain to them that this argument is silly because they DO lose something. If they are a christian and they are wrong, they will end up in muslim hell and vice versa. So pascal wager has many flaws, these are just two arguments you can use to blow a hole in their belief.

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2011 at 6:08am

I have enjoyed Richard Dawkins's response to this particular question for quite a while now:


Comment by Gwaithmir on May 22, 2011 at 5:54am

Christians (especially Jehovah's Witnesses) ask me that question from time to time. I always reply that I've got nothing to worry about. If God has been truly defined (by them) as being all-knowing, all-just and all-loving, then He wouldn't send me to Hell for making an honest mistake. He would even reward me for sticking to my convictions, which I have arrived at through an honest search for the truth and a judicious use of Reason.


On the other hand, if God would send Atheists to Hell for being honest, how can he be relied upon for sending Christians to Heaven for following His commandments and living lives based upon faith? If He behaves unethically toward non-believers, there's no reason why he should trusted to treat Christians any differently. He'll just as likely send the faithful to Hell merely to see the looks of shock and despair on their faces.

Comment by booklover on May 21, 2011 at 6:56pm
Good ones.  I actually had a friend say to me once that her mom told her to 'pretend to believe, just in case it's true'.  I said "Do you honestly think that if there is an all-knowing 'god' that he/she/it wouldn't know you didn't truly believe?"  She said she never thought of that.  OhMyScience!!!
Comment by Rational-Thinker on May 21, 2011 at 6:15pm

There are many responses to this argument.  Mine would probably be...


Moron: "What if you're wrong?"


Me: "I'm not"

Comment by Steve on May 21, 2011 at 6:11pm
If there were only 100 different religions in the world there is a 99% chance of picking the wrong one. If there were 100 pills on a table and you had to pick one and you knew 99 were toxic would you feel as comfortable and confident about guessing which one was safe to ingest. Now, there are not 100 religions in the world . There are many more. There are 30,000 different varieties of Christianity alone to choose from. Which version does one pick to ensure he has made a safe bet to guarantee eternal bliss and avoid the fires of hell?

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