The belief of Catholics about God is that when we believe in him and do good deeds, when we die we shall join him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Some would reason that it is a waste of time for one to believe in something that is not proven or have no factual evidence that God exists. Based on Pascal’s Wager, there are four directions that we can take.
The first is if we believe in God and he exists. In having faith in him, we are ensured eternal and everlasting life and joy by his side. This could be referred to as the “best” possible option of the four.
The second option is that if we believe in God and he doesn’t exist. The clearest downside to this is a waste in time believing in something that doesn’t exist. Another downside could be ridicule from the non – believers. Other than that there is no downside to this. We could say that this is the option with “minimal loss.”
The third option is if we don’t believe in God and he doesn’t exist. We can outright see that if we believe in this nothing will happen to us. We will just live an ordinary life and could say that we saved ourselves time that could have been spent on worshipping a God. We could therefore say that this path has “minimal gain.”
The last option is when one does not believe in God and he exists. These people will be subjected to eternal damnation, will feel suffering, pain and torment because they did not believe in God. One could say that this is the “worst possible option of the four.”
Knowing all the trade-offs of the four options, The best option is to believe in God. The worst thing that could happen to us is that when we believe and God doesn’t exist we used up some of our time. However, believing in God instills great morals and judgement skills on the believers, so our time is not really wasted. There are loopholes in this Wager such as what if one practices being a Catholic but doesn’t believe in God. Is he still considered a believer? This is a question we must ask ourselves and must fix on our own. If one considers this, there is a very minimal downside to believing in God.