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 Dr.Grixis on February 6, 2013 at 5:12am

Con will most likely not reply anyway, he just wants to say thing for others to hear the wisdom of his own words without engaging in discussion with TA members.

You are not here to learn, to discuss, you are here to proselytize, and that my friend is not something I'm interested in. 

Comment by Ron Humphrey on February 6, 2013 at 5:57am

Don't you think that a supposedly all knowing god would know that you were faking it?

Comment by Diane on February 6, 2013 at 7:14am

On the other hand, spending any amount of time in positive thought that ends up having some good effect on our lives is a good thing.  If I meditated for 1% of my time I'd most likely be a much more chilled-out and enlightened person.  Thanks for the reminder!

Comment by Emperor Milos on February 6, 2013 at 8:42am

Strega provided the perfect reply, but I seriously doubt that the OP will actually go and search for it, so I will help.

http://bit.ly/xuk5e4

Comment by onyango makagutu on February 6, 2013 at 8:48am

Oh Milos, for effort you get +1

Comment by Ray R. on February 6, 2013 at 10:30am
Con , you seem typical of all unread , unlearned , ignorant theists . You post an extremely poor paraphrase of a three hundred and fifty year old piece of pure philosophical hucksterism , as if it were brilliant insight . How sad the fate of minds imprisoned by religious dogma . Pathetic . Just pathetic.
Comment by Strega on February 6, 2013 at 1:00pm

I wasn't promoting Pascal's wager, simply condensing Con's post to two words.

Personally I'm contemplating Heather as Goddess.  Not only do I get a free sin-absolution, but she can cook!

Comment by Emperor Milos on February 6, 2013 at 1:01pm

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

Those 69 hours per year could be much better spent.... in the 69 position with your loved one, or a prostitute if that is your fancy.

I find it strange that this is your "final thought" when you barely spent any time discussing anything with non believers (at least on Think Atheist).
Forming an opinion without having done any research in order to form one makes that opinion worthless.

We so rarely get theists that do engage in meaningful conversation... One can only hope.

Comment by Emperor Milos on February 6, 2013 at 1:05pm

Personally I'm contemplating Heather as Goddess.  Not only do I get a free sin-absolution, but she can cook!

She is from Quebec, right?
If she can make poutine, sign me up for that religion!

Nothing says salvation like cheese and gravy covered fries.

Comment by Strega on February 6, 2013 at 1:20pm

I'll wager Heather can make poutine routine.  Incidentally Mikos, I loved that Google gimmick you posted. 

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