No, neither heaven nor hell is proof of anything

So, I’ve seen this on Facebook the last few days.

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Try to remember, earliest religions had no view of the life here after. Maybe we need that (lack of) focus again.

I just look at this and go… Wow… fear… It doesn’t work. Also, false┬ádichotomy.

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4 Replies to “No, neither heaven nor hell is proof of anything”

  1. So, the theory is that people should convert because … what the heck have they got to lose?

    ‘Cause of game theory?

    Expected probable outcomes are better?

    Pardon me while I beat my head against the wall …

  2. Pascal’s wager never seems to go out of vogue.

    False dichotomy is right. In our flat world anyone who can operate a computer should recognize that there are many options not represented here: Buddhists are right; Muslims are right; Hindus are right; Mormons are right…

    Everyone is wrong.

    Too many Christians reduce the Gospel to a carton vision about what happens after you die. Tomorrow, the song goes, is no place to place your better days.

    Frankly, having faith in God means that the next life is the last thing I need to worry about.

  3. Not to mention…

    What if there was a religion that taught that its god HATES being worshiped and LOVES to be ignored, probably just because he’s very masochistic, or shy.

    Therefore, this god (let’s call him Ak-Skormoth) will send everyone who believes in him to hell, and everyone who doesn’t believe in him to heaven.

    “Pascal’s wager” would then come down on the side of atheism, since if you don’t believe in Ak-Skormoth you’ll get either nothing or heaven, whereas if you do believe in him you’ll get nothing or hell.

    Of course, no one in their right minds (except maybe for those few who actually WANT to go to hell) would convert to Ak-Skormothianism. Such a religion could never survive in reality…but as a hypothetical example it at least disproves the Pascalian argument that it’s always better to believe.

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