I apologize for my ignorance about Pascal's Wager. Is that stating we do not know what the true answer is until it is revealed?
Pascal's Wager is saying that you lose nothing if you believe and you're wrong, but everything if you don't and you're wrong. The problem with Pascal's Wager is if it's your only reason for belief, you don't really believe. An omnipotent god would know this.
You're risking eternal life.
Eternal Life is a curse.
Barring all evidence, this is a yes or no question. I believe in that example the odds are fifty fifty.
Where are you getting those odds?
Faith, that Jesus Christ died to save you from sin, in exchange for eternal life.
And what if it's one of the other gods? You do realize just how many belief systems there are, right? Even if there is a god, what are the odds that it's your god? Moreover, what if your the wrong denomination? There are more than 30,000 (IIRC) denominations Christianity alone.
I am a Chistian because the teachings are basically a physical embodiment of what I believe. I am not telling you to be Christian. Find something which embodies your beliefs. If Athiesm embodies your beliefs, so be it... (What do Athiests believe?)
Atheism isn't a belief, it's a lack thereof. Specifically a lack of belief in a god or gods.
Why did you become an Athiest instead of a Christian or a Buddhist? Statistics and circumstances?
Because of several negative aspects of religion. Specifically the many atrocities that religion is responsible for, a lack of evidence for such extraordinary claims, and religion's clouding of my judgement.
If you have already tried a few religions then ignore all this. I am just saying you should try something before disqualifying it.
I have. Most Atheists have. The vast, vast majority that I run into are former Christians.
Observation is great but experimentation creates proofes. My final argument has probably been stated on here once or twice but I can't check. There is just as much evidence for both sides in this argument.
You know how much that is? None. But compare that to the number of claims made by each one. Atheism makes no claims, while religion makes many. Religion has not provided adequate evidence for the sheer number of extraordinary claims it makes.