Evangelisation - Pascal's Wager

With the advent of the Internet and advanced mass communication means, it is increasingly difficult to evangelise because people have access to information on a wide spectrum of religions, including atheistic theories and arguments.

Hence, the 21st century evangelist must be as well-informed and knowledgeable about not only the Bible but also philosophical arguments.

One such argument is Pascal's Wager, which was posed by the famous 17th century mathematician, Blaise Pascal. It states that it is always a better choice to believe in God (even if He doesn't exist), because the expected gain from believing in God is always greater than the expected value resulting from non-belief.

Of course, there are many counter-arguments against Pascal's Wager - one key argument is that belief in God leads to non-trivial losses in terms of time, effort, health, wealth and creativity and thus, if God doesn't exist, one would lose much in life.

The best defence against such an attack is the testimony of the evangelist himself...

For me, Christianity doesn't seem to be the least burdensome in terms of its various rules and restrictions - because God created such rules and restrictions for our good in the first place. In fact, I feel more free than ever - from my egoistic human nature, eg. pride, greed, lust, sloth etc.

In short, Christianity frees me to focus on reaching my fullest potential for the betterment of the world!

"To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)


Popular Posts