My conservative friend presented me with the following argument for why religion should play a bigger role in the lives of Americans, which I found absolutely fascinating. It went something like this:
If you accept God and the Bible you stand to gain future eternal rewards.
If by some chance there is no God, or the Bible is wrong, you have lost nothing, except an hour out of your Sundays. However, if you continue to refuse God, you are certain to experience a future of pain and torment, since you will not ascend into Heaven. You have so little to gain and everything to lose by ignoring the Bible. Why not wager that God does indeed exist, and is the path to a better future?
And to my conservative friends who no doubt agree with this line of thought, I ask you this: why are you not willing to make a similar wager regarding climate change? We have everything to lose and little to gain if we wager that climate change isn’t real. And the stakes are much higher, considering we are damning not ourselves, but our future generations to suffering.