God might or might not exist. It is a gamble whether you believe in him or not. As with any gamble, we should consider the odds.
Pascal described the pay-off of this gamble as follows: If God does not exist, then you neither gain nor lose anything from belief or disbelief. In either case, you just die and that is the end. However, if you choose to believe in God, and you are right, then the reward is infinite: eternal bliss in heaven. On the other hand, if you choose not to believe in God, and you are wrong, then your pay-off is negative infinity: eternal suffering in hell.
To summarize - table of payoffs:
|Believe in God||Don't believe in God|
|God doesn't exist||0||0|
|God exists||+∞ (heaven)||−∞ (hell)|
- "Pascal's Wager". Religions Wiki. Retrieved on 11/14/2020.