This is a cool concept I came across recently. Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher, posed this dilemma.
His wager was that God does in fact exist. Why?
He obviously understood that it is difficult to know for sure if He does or does not exist. Not in the conventional shape and form at least.
Pascal’s thought process was, that if God does indeed exist, then believing in Him, means one would earn His grace.
If God does not actually exist, then such a believer has nothing to lose by being a believer.
On the flip side, for a non-believer, if God exists, such a person would lose out on divine blessings. And the atheist also has little to gain if God does not exist.
This wager is a useful one to take on, not just on the topic of God, but even in our daily lives. It’s better in general to be optimistic about things, believing that the future will be better than today. Pascal would take that wager.