I thought you were the brave atheist. If you really used that logic to make decisions you'd be Islamic and your not. It is hard to believe you are being honest here. It really is.
That's because I've been very specifically answering the exact questions you've been asking - but it appears you've not been viewing them in that context.
In my original answer, I made it quite clear that the choice I make is based on evidence
I would want to choose the belief that is correct. That is grounded in actuality.
But you didn't like that answer - you wanted to know which of two options I would pick if forced
, if my preferred option of "the one with evidence" was off the table. So, as requested
, I picked from the two options you presented.
I'd choose the one where I was forced. Makes far more sense. If I choose YOUR route, and it turns out wrong, then I get smote. If I choose THEIR route, and it turns out you were right all along, then I likely WON'T get smote.
Binary choice, I picked the best of the two options. You don't like that answer either - sorry. But that's my answer: if I HAD to pick one of the two options you presented, I'd pick that one - but I wouldn't actually
And you want to know why I'm not currently a Muslim, given my logic. Read carefully what I said though (I've emboldened).
if I HAD to pick a religion, I would pick Islam. Worst downside for not picking it (if right), best upside.
Again, this is the "gun to the head" scenario......hence the "HAD to pick". If atheism were no longer an option, then of the many options for belief, I would go with Islam.
I'm sorry you don't get where I'm coming from. Its like.....I want chocolate ice cream. I'd choose that, every time. But if you hold a gun to my head and shout "strawberry or vanilla? STRAWBERRY OR VANILLA?" I would pick one of those.....probably strawberry.
But that doesn't mean I would actually think strawberry is better than chocolate.
Since you have clearly chosen atheism. Where's the "upside" to that, as far as getting smote goes?
And - as I said right from the start:
"Argument to consequences"? No thanks.I am an atheist because I have no evidence for any other position.
I do not wear waders to work "just in case" there is a snake under my desk. I do not swallow my ring before bringing in the milk "just in case" there is a mugger on the doorstep. So I do not pick a religion "just in case" one might be correct.
You are conflating the open question "which do you pick?" with the closed "pick one of these!" - Pascal's Wager by another name.
Happy to expand further if anything is still unclear.