The End of Pascal's Wager

Vishnu, the blue Hindu deity with multiple arms, can destroy Pascal's Wager easily. The Wager is a delicate little logical toy, and it breaks easily.

In a nutshell, Pascal said belief has only a finite penalty if God does not exist, but disbelief yields an infinite penalty if God does exist. Therefore, believe in God. If that seems logical to you, read the following out loud:

"Belief has only a finite penalty if Vishnu does not exist, but disbelief yields an infinite penalty if Vishnu does exist. Therefore, believe in Vishnu."

Do you hear how silly it sounds? Raise your hand if that convinced you. Nobody, right?

History is replete with invisible guys who offered infinite rewards. There have been thousands of forgotten gods worshiped over time, and think how easily we ignore nearly every single one.

I think arguing with religious people is a waste of time. This argument will not crush them, because they can't be argued out of something they weren't argued into.

But when a believer has sincere questions, Vishnu is a great guy to bring in. He is equivalent in literally every way to Jehovah, the god of the Christian Bible, but when you exchange the terms Jehovah and Vishnu in any religious argument, it simply falls apart.

To be perfectly fair, if Pascal’s Wager works at all, it should be in favor of Lord Vishnu. Remember, the oldest religious texts in existence are Hindu, not Christian. Morality-wise, Hindu sacred texts contain far fewer wars and killings. And planet-wide, there are way more Hindu believers than there are Christians.

When you answer why Pascal doesn’t work for Vishnu, you effortlessly explain why it doesn’t work for any gods at all.

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