# A final though on Christians & Non believers

final thought..

Christians believe that if one lives by the teaching of Jesus and obey his commandments what lies in store after death is a heavenly paradise. On the other hand those who rebel against God and live a sinful life are assured of an eternity of never ending suffering unless they asks God for forgiveness before they die.

Nonsense I hear you say. Well unfortunately this Christian belief cannot be proven or disproved. It is simply a belief. One chooses to believe it or not.

Lets look the time a typical Christian spends in prayer.

A Christian goes to Church say on average once per week on a Sunday and the service lasts 45 minutes He / She  prays each day for 5 minutes in total.

So in the round of one year a Christian spends 2340 minutes in Sunday service and 1820 minutes in prayer. That is a total of  69 hours per year

Take the average life expectancy of 67 years (Encyclopædia Britannica)

So 69 hours of prayer per year multiply by 67 years = 4623 hours or approx 6 months.

Over a persons life of 67 a Christian will spend  less than 1%  (0.007%) of his / her time in prayer.

If Non believers are correct in their belief it means Christians will have spend a portion of their life (approx 1%) for nothing. However if Christians belief turn out to be correct then by offering up less than 1% of their life time and provided they live a good life they will have secured eternal happiness and Non-believers will face the wrath of God for having denied him. Now if this were a 2 horse race where would you place you money to minimize your loss? The Non Believers horse seems to be high risk, all or nothing. If I win I was proved right. If  I loose it will be devastating. The Christian horse seems to be a have more favourable terms. If I lose I lost 1% of my time and I was wrong in my belief but if I win I get a magnificent prize infinitely times more greater than the prize a Non-believers would get if he / she were to win.

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Comment by Strega on February 6, 2013 at 1:21pm

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Comment by Milos Cakovan on February 6, 2013 at 1:30pm

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Comment by Heather Spoonheim on February 6, 2013 at 4:27pm

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Comment by Strega on February 6, 2013 at 7:06pm

See?  Heather commandeth and even the normally taciturn cheese squeaks.  All Hail!

Comment by Unseen on February 6, 2013 at 7:39pm

Why should I consider Christianity rather than, say, Scientology, Zen, Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, the Nordic, Roman, or Greek pantheons, Wicca?

Comment by James on February 6, 2013 at 9:28pm

Yet if you figure out the percentage of a Christian's life spent praying based off of their waking hours, the percentage becomes multiples of your claim. But you also assume that prayer is the only thing to take into account when there is so much more to consider. Money donated, life choices, the way you treat and interact with others, etc. But this is really just a poorly disguised version of Pascal's Wager, which has been so thoroughly debunked that it's not even funny. So, why focus on Christianity and non-belief exclusively? Donate less than 1% of you life to Poseidon. After all, do you want to be wrong about him for just one percent? Also, you state that we choose not to believe. That is incorrect. Belief is involuntary. You either believe or you don't. If I could choose to believe, we could both just decide that Tony the Tiger is a real living being and really really believe it. This can not be done, and the wager posed her is a poor and unconvincing one if you just give it a half second's thought.

Comment by Teri G on February 7, 2013 at 5:45am

I like this "believing just in case"... It seems very sincere.

Comment by James on February 7, 2013 at 8:50pm

Just one more thought. Why base your math on a twenty-four hour day? Certainly, it should be based on ones free time. Assuming that a person works eight hours a day and sleeps eight hours, how doe that change the numbers. Let's start with 72 hours of free time per week, since religion shouldn't be a factor at rest or at work. So 5 min of prayer and a 45 min mass is really an impact of about 1.8% (all my following percentages will be close approximations) of your free time... and if you have to commute to work, that number might be higher.

But what if you take extra time to get dressed up and drive to church? 2.1%What it on top of that you pray a second time everyday? 2.3%
Go to a weekly Bible class/church gathering? 3.7%
Also read the Bible (or Christian books) for 30min each night? 4.4%

As you can see, little things add up quickly. And remember, one's faith may very well influence which movies or shows they watch, what music they listen to, restaurants they go to, stores they shop at, friends they talk and visit with, etc. If religion is even the slightest factor in any of these situation, you have to count it as well. So you could very find 25% of your free time swallowed up by religious influence and active worship. So it is far from a gamble over just 1%.

Also, you would think an omniscient god would notice and care that someone is just 'faking' belief.

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