If Christians are wrong, they have everything to lose!
I’ve heard or read statements similar to what is commonly referred to as Pascal’s wager many times from my Christian friends –
“If Christians are wrong, they have nothing to lose, but if an atheist or non-believer is wrong, they have everything to lose.”
Implying, of course, the possibility of non-Christians spending an eternity of torture in the fires of hell. I disagree with the disimpassioned attitude of this statement. If Christians are wrong, there are many actions over the past 2000 years that could have been done differently to promote unity in the world.
Christians have conducted crusades, fought wars, carried out witch-hunts, damned people to hell, labeled most other religions “of the devil”, and a host of other actions that have served to be divisive instead of being a unifying force. Christians need to remember that their history is no different than what is seen in radical Islam today. Islam is just a few centuries younger than Christianity, but they are on the same evolutionary path.
However, it’s not just about history. Fundamental Christianity continues to be a dividing force in society. They do not have tolerance for those who do not subscribe to their moral code, and they even attempt to legislate against what many Christians may consider immoral (such as homosexuality and abortion).
They spread this intolerance, condemnation and hate instead promoting love, kindness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and tolerance. Unfortunately, most fundamental Christians have been taught that tolerance is compromise.
So next time you hear this statement from a Christian, be sure to let them know that life is just not that simple, get on a soap-box and preach this sermon!
- The de-Convert
p.s. In response to Pascal’s wager, here’s the de-conversion wager (originally referred to as the Agnostic Atheism wager from our previous site):
Whether or not you believe in God, you should live your life with love, kindness, compassion, mercy and tolerance while trying to make the world a better place. If there is no God, you have lost nothing and will have made a positive impact on those around you. If there is a benevolent God, you will be judged on your merits and not just on whether or not you ignored the lack of evidence of his/her existence and blindly believed.