Well, I sure hope you live your life as if there is the right god. What if you decide to live your life as if the Christian god is real, when, in fact, it’s an ancient Norse god and he’s pissed off you worshiped wrong. Or what if you lived your life as if the Islamic concept of god is real when, in fact, the real god is more closely linked ancient Mayan mythology?
Pascal’s Wager is a false choice
The thought process you’re engaging in here is a fallacy called Pascal’s Wager and, frankly, it’s ridiculous. It sets up this situation where you waste time and energy and, almost certainly, money on a view of god you’ve decided to embrace to somehow outsmart a false dichotomy. The only options are not the god concept you’ve embraced or no god. Humanity has come up with thousands and thousands of god myths.
This isn’t game theory where there are four choices 1) Believe, die, find no god, no punishment 2) Believe, die, find your god, reward! 3) Don’t believe, find no god, no punishment 4) Don’t believe, find a god, get punished.
This is more like a roulette wheel. There are many choices of gods to believe in. How do we choose which belief is most accurate? I use reason and evidence. None of the the evidence points to the existence of any gods, just like on a properly balanced roulette wheel, none of the evidence points to the ball landing on “19.” It may land on “19,” but that’s not a good reason to put all your money on it.
Aren’t you just a liar?
By the way, if there is a god, even if you’ve decided to “believe” in the right one, isn’t the fact that you didn’t come by the belief organically, but instead had to pretend to believe a thing just to cover your ass from some imaginary threat a deception on your part? Aren’t you trying to fool the god into thinking you accept it as true? Can belief really be decided upon? I mean, I know the sun isn’t going to shine silver tomorrow morning. It’ll be yellowish, like every other day. I can’t just decide I believe it will be silver tomorrow, that’s not how we believe things. I can’t just believe my car has wings. I can lie and say I believe it, but I’m not going to fly over a cliff. By “deciding” to believe anything, you’re basically lying. Do you think the god you’re pretending to believe in is so stupid that it wouldn’t know you’re a liar?