Letter - Pascal’s wager


Blaise Pascal was a mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher and master of French prose. The Encylopedia Britannica mentions his “wager,” which in essence indicated if God did not exist the skeptic lost nothing by not believing in Him.

But if God did exist the skeptic would be at great loss by not believing. The religious person would not lose anything if God did not exist but if God did exist he would live a glorious life in heaven.

A significant question is whether religion is the “opiate of the masses” as expressed by Karl Marx. Are they a sad faced, unhappy bunch of people? To the contrary — an article in the U-B on Feb. 2 declared, “those with spiritual beliefs are happier than those without.”

This was corroborated by an article, “The Lovely Hill Where People Live Longer and Happier,” in the Feb. 4 issue of The Atlantic magazine. Loma Linda, which means in Spanish “hill lovely or beautiful” is what some people consider an Adventist ghetto in Southern California. There have been several articles in scientific journals agreeing with The Atlantic assessment of what happened at Loma Linda.

Bible believers take comfort from verses like these, “Thou wilt keep (him) in perfect peace, (whose) mind (is) stayed (on thee): Because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 and “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” Galatians 5:22,23.

The majority of people in the world do not realize when they date a document they are unwittingly giving tacit recognition to Christ’s life on Earth. Dates are generally recognized as BC, which stand for “before Christ” or AD (anno domini) that stands for the year of the Lord, ie Jesus Christ, A number of non-Christian ancient historians have mentioned him.

Churches have been working for a number of years at the local penitentiary. Many men have accepted Christ and have become model prisoners. Administrators there have expressed appreciation for the changed lives. Here is a challenge for evolutionists. Why don’t they go to the prison and help inmates make changes in their lives such that they become peaceable, tractable individuals?

John Kennedy was fortunate when his PT boat was sunk in the Pacific that he was rescued by Solomon Islanders. Biuki Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who had been taught by Seventh-day Adventist missionaries and whose forbears were cannibals.

Donald Casebolt

College Place


chicoli 1 year, 4 months ago

Senator Maccain was rescued from a secured death by drowning by a bunch of Mahayana Buddhist. He was very fortunate, indeed!


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