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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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The practicality of Pascal's Wager

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Blaise Pascal was a mathematician among other things, and he was a practicing Catholic. He wagered that even if one doesn't believe in God, that it would be a ''safe wager'' to live one's life as if he/she did believe it. That the benefits would be worth the wager. I've explored this a bit, and apparently it's been rumored that this was designed to help lukewarm Christians to strengthen their faith, rather than convert atheists. But, it still could be a useful tool for anyone, if they applied it properly.

 

The problem I've always seen with Pascal's Wager though, is that I don't believe faking one's faith, will eventually lead one to believe. Isn't he essentially suggesting for people to go through the motions of believing in God, with the notion that one will eventually come to believe from doing so?

 

What are your thoughts? 

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The problem you have with Pascal's Wager is absolutely correct.  The faith that brings salvation in an unwavering commitment to the truth. 

 

 

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Pascal's Wager is an argument for believing in God even if you see no convincing evidence that he exists.  It was proposed by the 17th century...

 

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How much would the flesh obey by itself? I imagine the result would be liberal theology or antinomianism.

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That's a good point, IF. Also, it is by the grace of God that we are saved, not by our own will. I think Pascal had a decent enough idea, but when it comes to following Jesus, you can't ''fake it until you make it.'' lol

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