Response to Pascall's Wager
I'm sure anyone reading this is already familiar with this infamous bit of "logic", but just for a summary:
If athiests are right, then nothing happens, if not, we burn forever. so accept god, because who wants to risk it?
Setting aside the many things wrong with the preceding statement, including it's threatening nature, what about this.
Speaking from a perspective of realitivity, you life IS eternity if athiests are right. Yes, life goes on for others, but from your own perspective, the world has ceased to exist and remains so for eternity. So, if you're lucky' you have maybe 100 years, and thats a liberal estimate, to live. Not long for eternity.
That makes every second of your life something incredibly precious(which means I probably shouldn't be spending the time posting this, but it's for educational puposes, and what the hell, life aint perfect) and beleiving in any grander spirit that takes away that time, now THAT is sin.
So here's my wager:
If athists are wrong, we're all screwed. Most of your life is lost to god or you suffer forever. If we're right you have one chance to do it right. You need to live every second like it means something or your life is unfufilled, and remember, god wants a LOT of your time. And when you die, that's it, no re-dos, not even a gag reel. Only a short time to be as happy as possible.
Wanna risk it?
"We are the star things harvesting the star energy"