Argument from Justice

A variant of Pascal’s wager that I have been toying around with regards a matter of justice. Like Pascal’s wager, I don’t think it is meant to convince that God does exist, only that it is better or at least more reasonable to act as if he does or better that it is not reasonable to stop looking for him.

Consider the possibilities: either God exists or not and either we worship God or not. These are the only logical possibilities. Consider the combinations:

  1. God exists and we worship him. (GW)
  2. God exists and we do not worship him. (G~W)
  3. God does not exist and we worship him. (~GW)
  4. God does not exist and we do not worship him. (~G~W)

Consider the justice in regards to these situations. Now if God exist, he is owed everything for he is the source of all things. Hence right worship is a matter of eminent importance. If GW, then we act justly to the measure we are able. The justice is measured by what is owed God and since God is owed according to his nature, he is owed everything. If Christianity is true, then justice in this case is satisfied in Christ and our participation in his mystical body.

On the contrary, if G~W, then a grave injustice is committed. God is given nothing that is owed him when just response is everything. This is then an infinite injustice, because what is owed to God is everything according to his nature.

Consider then that God does not exist. If ~GW, then the worship of God is an injustice. However, the injustice is proportionate not to God, who does not exist, but to our worship, which since implicitly Christianity is presumed false, is necessarily finite. Thus, the injustice of worshiping God were he not to exist is finite.

Finally, if ~G~W, then we act justly, but we act justly in accord with nothing. We pay the same debt of justice owed to anything that does not exist. This while just is certainly finite and certainly minimal.

Hence, to not worship God is to risk an infinite injustice against a finite (and minimal) justice, while to worship God is to risk a finite injustice against a infinite justice.

At the very least, considering the matter of justice ought to give one motivation to reasonably seek out the existence of God (we may exchange “worship” for “seek out”). If one has an immense unknown benefactor, it seems reasonable to seek out who that is even if the beneficence may at the end of the day be dumb luck.

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