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Game theory problem: You're agnostic and dying. Choose your God.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by GQgeek, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    You're into your final days and thinking about what will happen after you die. You're not convinced that there's nothing, but you're not sure there's a deity and/or an afterlife either. Then again, the idea of burning in hell for eternity because you're a non-believer doesn't seem all that appealing to you. The problem is, which deity(ies) should you prostrate yourself before? Or even if there is a deity, is it better to stay neutral?

    In addition to yourself, the other players are all the possible gods of human history, if one or many of them even exist. This includes the deities from today's major religions, but also popular deities from religions that have fallen out of favor. And one shouldn't rule out the possibility that if there is a god that he might be different from all the gods we've ever worshiped.

    So, what do you do?
     
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    dah328 Senior member

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    Make sure to choose a god who is gullible enough to accept a deathbed "conversion." :)
     
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    Teger Senior member

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    it seems like someone has seen a beautiful mind one too many times
     
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    Sir Humphrey Appleby Senior member

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    Pick the one who takes us into heaven for being good, because there's no other way I'm getting in.
     
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    Approximately 1,980 deities in recorded history. Chances of picking the right one - 1/1,980.

    You're better off embracing your true belief - as "god" made you that to falsify faith. "god" will know that you picked at random and thats not true faith, so even if you pick the right one, it wont count for anything. At least if you stay Agnostic/Atheist you're just being the person that "god" made you.
     
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    erictheobscure Senior member

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    Marduk. Hasn't been worshipped in a good long while, so he'd probably appreciate it.
     
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    Oden / Odin, the Viking God. Valhalla sounds like a lot of fun, although I suppose viking Gods don't give a shit about one's deathbed thoughts.
     
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    You could say you believe in a god but saying isn't believing.
     
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    honestly, its seems that islam and catholosm have relativly low threasholds for heaven, belief and a desire to embrace god.

    most dieties, if you haven't been worshiping them and sacrificing, they won't do shit for you.



    on a seperate note, if I were really shoping for a religion, not based on what would happen to me when I died, I'd go with hinduism or Islam. they both make sense, in very different ways, to me. and their liturgy, also in diffent ways, is cool
     
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    I would say Islam and to a small extent catholicism has you offering sacrifices and going through rituals to merit salvation
     
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    Catholic ...

    I have carried enough guilt all my life to get my redemption...
     
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    This isn't really a game theory problem, but in the spirit of that theory you should pick the deity which offers the worst punishment IF not chosen...
     
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    Tell me more my son, tell me more....
     
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    Actually the word 'hell' is nowhere to be found in the Bible, rather a place of 'howling and gnashing of teeth' is described.
     
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    What the hell are you talking about?

    http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=hell&qs_version=KJV
    http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=hell&qs_version=NIV
    http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=hell&qs_version=NASB

    I'm guessing you'll counter by saying that the word "hell" isn't found in the original Hebrew or Greek Aramaic. If so, "howling and gnashing of teeth" is similarly nowhere to be found in the original since the phrase is also a translation. Would probably be accurate to say that the word "hell" has now assimilated into itself all sorts of meanings from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament--a point that reinforces scottooks's comment rather than yours.
     
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