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Is Pascal's Wager biblical?

"The gist of Pascal's Wager is that the wise thing to do is to live your life as if God does exist because such a life has everything to gain and nothing to lose. If we live as though God exists, and He does indeed exist, we have gained heaven. If He doesn't exist, we have lost nothing. If, on the other hand, we live as though God does not exist and He really does exist, we have gained hell as punishment and have lost heaven and bliss. If one weighs the options, clearly the rational choice to live as if God exists is the better of the possible choices."[1] This is an interesting idea, but is it biblical? Paul seems to rebut it in 1 Cor. 15:14-18, when he says, "And if Christ has not been raised [from the dead], then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished." I think there are two reasons that Pascal's wager is not biblical. #1: Your whole life is built on a lie. It is more important to live for truth with your whole heart than it is to live safely trying to minimize your risk. Which leads into #2. Persecution makes Pascal's wager a much weaker position. Paul had a lot of persecution in his life, and I think that when you have persecution, you feel a very real negative in the moment. Pascal's Wager hinges upon the possibility of future pleasure, but when faced with the reality of present pain, future possibilities that are only "it could happen" in your mind become unappealing. References: [1] Chuck McBryde.