How would your lives change? Would you be so despondent that the others were right, that you would think there no hope for you and so go out and splurge in extravagance at McDonald’s then Tiffany’s across the street? And what of those friends you left behind? If they don’t make it, then someoene may be taken to the woodshed. 😀
A Physicist/Mathematician named Blaise Pascal was raised Catholic, and yet seemed to wrestle his own demons of the mind more times than he could count. He reminds me of ME so very often in this regard. I won’t get into the boring particulars of his upbringing, how he came to develop this simple wager, or even the full details of it itself.
But rather how it might pertain to you.
So, I’ll ask one, simply elegant question. It isn’t hard, there’s no sweat involved, and you won’t need to phone a friend.
Do you believe in God?
Allow me to take some of the things we think, outwardly say, and live by. I always get accused of it anyway.
Why is this such a prevailing idea in our society? Churches had to have an impetus for beginning their drivvle, didn’t they? LOGIC should tell us yes, be it farmers looking to the sky to know when/how to plant, to understanding our planet on the most basic of levels. All signs points to yes.
How would it change your life if you saw scientific evidence that pointed to the existence of that long-ellusive God we all seek?
Would you scream for a second opinion? Demand a recount minus the offending “chad” debacle? Would you tell others what you’v learned?
THIS is where I currently am with this blog. And I thought Pascal’s Wager the perfect place to do it.
I’ve read the book already, but really want to share the following excerpt from it:
Pascal’s Wager was based on the idea of the Christian God, though similar arguments have occurred in other religious traditions. The original wager was set out in section 233 of Pascal’s posthumously published Pensées (“Thoughts”). These previously unpublished notes were assembled to form an incomplete treatise on Christian apologetics.
Historically, Pascal’s Wager was groundbreaking because it charted new territory in probability theory, marked the first formal use of decision theory, and anticipated future philosophies such as existentialism, pragmatism and voluntarism.
Too many times people live as if God isn’t around. Because without knowing God and what He stands for, there will be no retribution for the things they’ve done, and c’mon, let’s be honest: who wants THAT garlic soup hanging around their necks?
Pascal isn’t the reason I began, however.
A friend who is also a contributing writer to Quora asked me about my Faith and how some of the evidence we’re finding in the Quantum matches Christian Scripture very startingly. Of course we can’t use any of those anecdotes or hope-they-wills until I (we) can repeat the same experients over and over in lab within-the-same-margin-of-era data points. But, I have amassed quite a bit of scientific data.
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the word was with God,
and the word was God.” –John, 1:1
Great. We’ve now established that God exists. Or at least he says he’s here. Here comes part II and where it gets really good:
“Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us [….]
So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
Male and Female created he them.'” -Genesis 1:26-27
Ah, GREAT! You sneaky Carwa, you sneaky. Almos hat me wifs dis one.
And now finally that I have two tenants to hold up my logic pole, here’s the third, but this one is taken directly from science.
I counted over 57 (!!) times in which God himself described himself as pure, Holy light. He used it as metaphors (I’m the lamp unto your feet and the light unto your path. –Amy Grant and Ecclestiastes), as literal (Moses was hidden by God himself so he couldn’t see him or “look on His glory”), and as poetic (you are the light of the world); we use it for farming, cooking, and even sleeping by reflected sunlight onto the Moon.
Conclusion: I don’t believe God is some white-haired, wrath-filled ogre waiting for the right minute to punt us out of his yard, across the street and onto the neigbour’s rose bush. No. What I have been convinced of since my very childhood when I first remember coming conscious and holding those viable memories (my first came just months after my mum was ready to deliever with my sister [I was 2], and my dad took me out in the yard, carried me away and we flew that beautiful remote-controlled plane until the impending thunderstorm), is that God is a collection of pure electromagnetic energy. It makes sense then that he would use so many metaphors for light, not looking directly at him (or you’ll go blind counting sunspots), not being too near him or you’ll become burned.
We’re all a collection of EM radiation. THAT is the image in which we’re made. Think about it, and then check it against your scriptures, then leave a comment below. Would love to get feedback.
What I do believe is that in nature over active black holes, where they are accreting material onto their accretion disc, speeding up due to gravitational friction, reaching insane amounts of X-ray and Gamma rays, and it’s those electromagnetic waves that get so intense enough
they need an outlet and so they will run right up those EM “cones” carrying the astrophyiscal jets with it. And if their energy is even high enough, a Quasar will form. Quasars are insaely intense amounts of energy in every single form, and just one Quasar will hold enough energy that will surpass ALL other energies contained within its host galaxy!
Sound like someone else you might know? Quasars are so bright that you simply can’t look at one from millions of light-distances because they’ll burn your retinas rightta ya and you’ll be meeting Jesus a little sooner than planned. 😀
For years we could not see the atom, but inferred its behaviour and were right. Now we can see them.
Hundreds of years ago we couldn’t see electromagnetic waves, and yet we use them every single day, even in some way you can’t even imagine.
So my last question is, what’s keeping YOU from turning your beliefs over to God? As Pascal says, if you believe and then live as if there is a God, you’ve won more than you ever knew. Your beloved animals are even there waiting for you.
But, if it’s still not your thing, and you live each day in waste and excess whilst people around you are dying, as if there were no God, God has allowed you to make a choice and he’ll never interfere because He loves you. God is a gentleman. Only forcing His will un an unwilling subject will cause resentment.
Yep, God’s got some anger issues, that’s true.
But that’s exactly why he sent his son Jesus to intercede on our behalf, to show us how to live daily without wanting to punch everyone in the eyes AND face (I still need work on that!), TWICE, and because he’s nothing but love and compassion and unconditional love and acceptable that way. That’s the difference between other religions right there. Jesus was the great mediator and pretty much kept our vengeful, wrathful God from smiting us into Tiny Tarts every time he coughed.
I’ve taken up enough of your time, But more to come, this was intdroductory stuff. Please do comment, and thank-you!
P.S. Because you comment, please read the opening page with the rules. I will NOT allow this to be a name-slinging “Unicorn-loving” type of place. This IS my research and I take it srs. But it also sometimes helps to hear from the people reading.