The reason I used that exact quote from Pascal is that, unlike many modern Christians who use the wager as an apologetic argument, Pascal clearly did not intend that the winning wager was a bet on God's existence, rather to him the winning wager was a bet on Roman Catholic doctrine.
Which brings up one of the other objections to Pascal's wager, the "Which God" response.
In my experience, Christians seem to define humanity's belief systems as composed of: Christianity, and, everything else. The possibility that someone might respond to Pascal's wager by adopting Judaism, or Hinduism, or Islam, or Buddhism, or any other non-Christian faith does not seem often to occur.
As I have said to my believing friends countless times: there are a hundred religions in the world. I disbelieve in a hundred of them, you disbelieve in ninety-nine. We are closer together than we think!!
I have read most of the works of C.S. Lewis, (my favorite by the way is "The Great Divorce" which seems to present a rather merciful God) as well as other works of Christian apologetics. I have found none of them yet to be convincing, although many are well-written and very respectful of the unbelieving reader.
Anyway, if you want to carry on the discussion, here's a quote from Jonathan Edwards, the great eighteenth century revivalist preacher:
...the sight of hell's torments will exalt the happiness of the saints forever. It will not only make them more sensible of the greatness and freeness of the grace of God in their happiness, but it will really make their happiness the greater, as it will make them more sensible of their own happiness. It will give them a more lively relish of it: it will make them prize it more. When they see others, who were of the same nature and born under the same circumstances, plunged in such misery, and they so distinguished, O it will make them sensible how happy they are. A sense of the opposite misery, in all cases, greatly increases the relish of any joy or pleasure.
Do you agree with Edwards?? When you are in heaven, will you take pleasure in observing the torments of the damned in hell??
Perhaps in the sense of looking at the smoldering rubble of an aircraft someone warned you not to take. I think the joy is in missing the tragedy and not in the fact that others who had similar warnings perished. In a real sense "there, but for the grace of God, go I".
When you are in heaven, will you take pleasure in observing the torments of the damned in hell??
Maybe if its Hitler, Pol Pot, or the guy who came up with "New Coke".
One of my favorite Lewis books is "Till We Have Faces".