I look at it this way:
I would rather believe there is a God and live my life as such....and be wrong about it.
Rather than not believe there is a Hod and live my life as such....and be wrong.
First case....maybe I missed out on some pleasure and fun while floating around in this rock.
Second case....eternal damnation.
Just a thought.
Bit late to the party but I've always really, really disliked the whole "what if you're wrong" argument.
(Just for clarification, I'm an atheist) - I've always felt that if God were hypothetically real that one would be judged based on the merit and content of their character, not on what they believed in while they were alive. If one's belief system is the ultimate decider in damnation, and not their character, then I'd prefer to be damned. Any "God" that condemns someone to a life of torture over such a trivial thing is not a "God". The idea of damnation over who one believes in just seems utterly silly to me. If a President were to execute any who supported a different politician than him, would that be right? No, so why does God get a pass? It just seems ridiculous.
Something as personal as religious conviction, be you of a faith or of none at all, isn't as easy as "well, what if you're wrong..." What if you're wrong, and the ancient Greeks were right? The whole notion of being "wrong" is applicable to any religion/non religion. The only thing that separates me, an atheist, from you, a theist who I assume to be monotheistic (correct me if I'm wrong) is that I personally deny the existence of all Gods, whilst you deny the existence of all except one; the one of your particular belief system.
Religion always seemed to me to be the result of humans wanting to attribute anything they can't explain to the work of divinity.