The bottom line essentially is that you've got nothing to lose! You're better off taking the bet that my God is real. But are you, really?
Won't Cost You A Thing!
In the case where God does not exist, there really is a clear advantage to not believing. In other words, the payoff is not zero as Pascal would have you think. After you say, "okay now I believe," what would it really cost you to believe or join a religion?
- a lifetime spent obeying the rituals and practices
- money and time given to furthering the dogmatic doctrines thereof
- having to deal with the trials, persecutions, and lifestyles associated with being a member (this means separation or altering connections with family members present and future)
- the corruption or otherwise altering of your mind, and hindering your education to "fit in line" with the practices and beliefs of your religion
I base all my beliefs on evidence and reason. I tend to believe in as little as possible, only accepting things based on sound evidence. If there's no reason to believe then I'm not going to just "accept" it, and I'm not going to let other people decided what I believe.
Still more Wager fallacies to come.