# Pascal 's Wager : A Prayer, But Let The Good Times Roll

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Pascal’s Wager:
Say a Prayer, But Let the Good Times Roll One of my favorite quotes is what I also happened to name this paper. The quote comes from a song (Thnks fr th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy, the full quote being “Say a prayer, but let the good times roll in case God doesn 't show”) and while it is often used in a sardonic manner, there is a lot of truth in it. Coming from a household where one side has to be in the front row every Sunday and the other believes that everything intimate is between you and God alone, I often ponder the idea of a higher power and what life after death entails if there even is one. In today’s modern age, everything seems to have a need to be disproved by scientists and skeptics alike yet modern developments
Points two and three state: “The right thing is not to wager at all.’ Yes; but a bet must be laid. There is no option: you have joined the game. Which will you choose, then?” So, you have entered a game of chance and the answer is yes or no; and while the smartest option is to not wager at all but a choice must still be made. Points four and five then take the view of “yes, God does exist,” then states “Let us estimate these two probabilities; if you win, you win all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He does exist.” and the final point of logic argues for the man who “cannot believe”:
“Learn of those…like you, and who now stake all they possess. They are men who know the road you desire to follow, and who have been cured of a sickness of which you desire to be cured. Follow the way by which they set out, acting as if they already believed, taking holy water, having masses said, etc. Even this will naturally cause you to believe and bunt your cleverness.”

Along with the six points of logic, Pascal states that if you bet against God, you will win nothing and lose everything (Cahn.) The most common way Pascal’s Wager is often expressed is in the form of a chart expressing the positives and negatives:

God Exists
God Does Not Exist
I Believe
Good Infinity
0
I Do Not Believe