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O’s folly to Pascal’s genius to Bible truth

May 31, 2012

From our president’s foolishness to Pascal’s genius to Bible truth. Meandering mental pathways lead to a somewhat coherent forum post.

The thread began with a copy of and link to a blog post:

Was our president (1) photoshopped, or (2) in the room but not at the table in the situation room monitoring the bin Laden murder? I report. You decide.

“O’s rotten Osama decision” | “The universal and insane praise of our president for the avoidance of [two] much better and much more moral options is a sure sign of the intellectual and moral decline of our culture.” | “[Option 2 public] trials of the chief murderer in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania might have helped the peoples of the world to remember.” http://bit.ly/LOs9DD

And continued with some back and forth, prior to the post copied below.

It would seem that in the spirit of that life which is in Christ Jesus, all roads lead, not to Rome, but to providential edification.

Taking me from our president’s foolishness in the bin Laden murder to Pascal’s genius in his wager to Bible truth in Paul’s assessment of the relative value of momentary “light affliction” compared with “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”.

Public trials of the chief murderer in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania might have helped the peoples of the world to remember.

{{The problem with thine argument is, capturing bin Laden was never practical, nor safe.}}

The actual raid in reality turned out to be both practical and safe.

A small change of purpose from kill to capture wound not have changed this.

The probabilities of practicality and safety of both plans are virtually identical.

The only differences are relatively minute changes in equipment and procedures.

And the removal of a comatose and/or tied up body instead of a dead body.

Remember Pascals wager.

“That is, your expected utility of belief in God is infinite — as Pascal puts it, “our proposition is of infinite force”. On the other hand, your expected utility of wagering against God is […] This is  finite.[5]  By premise 3, rationality requires you to perform the act of maximum expected utility. Therefore, rationality requires you to wager for God.” http://bit.ly/LNWFgQ (Ctl-f force to locate)

The values of the outcomes, not just the irksomeness of procedures are to be considered.

Paul applies this logic in an edifying manner and in a way that we should more frequently consider.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

(2Co 4:16-18 KJV) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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