In the world of investing, there’s a constant tug-of-war between risk and reward. What’s the biggest reward I can get with the lowest risk. Everyone’s chasing the golden goose of massive upside with zero downside.
About 400 years ago, Blaise Pascal argued for belief in God using similar terms. If you’ve never heard of Pascal’s Wager, it goes something like this:
Men live their lives, acting as if God exists or doesn’t exist. We choose one or the other. Pascal argues that it’s the better move to believe in God and live accordingly, because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Here’s another way of looking at his argument. Take these four scenarios.
I live my life as if God exists, and he does → Infinite Gain
I live my life as if God exists, and he doesn’t → No Loss
I live my life as if God doesn’t exist, and he does → Infinite Loss
I live my life as if God doesn’t exist, and he doesn’t → Neither Loss nor Gain
In any scenario in finance or gambling (or religion), you’d be insane to not choose the option with infinite upside and zero downside. Even if you knew nothing about the specifics.
It’s worth pointing out that Pascal doesn’t use this argument to prove God’s existence, but merely to argue the wiser way to act in our lives.
If it’s so clear cut, so where’s the hangup? Take some time to really flesh out this argument in your life. Why’s it so difficult to embrace the Christian life, when we know we can only gain from it?
Be the Men.