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What if God is real?

from: Mary F

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This was sent to me by a friend who is trying to get me to go to her church. I'd like to answer her.

What if God is real?

The Patriarch replies:


If you want an extensive answer, you could look up some of the arguments against Pascal's Wager, some of which can be found on this site.*

But perhaps it is might be more effective to answer this question with a question, this poster with another poster. So I've quickly modified your friend's poster to make it applicable to her position.

What if you've picked the wrong God?

And that should be all the answer you need to give her.

* A small selection of articles in which this issue has been addressed previously: 

Talk Back #22: What if there is a God? & following discussion

Talk Back #35: When you stand before Him, what will you say? & following discussion

Talk Back #44: If You Were to Die Today & following discussion

Meditation 204: The Infinity / Infinity Religious Dilemma - Pascal's Wager Revisited