To Jews, the worship of any human being as God is idolatrous and incurs separation from God in the next life, so they consider it very serious. As Pascal's wager relates to the worship of Jesus as God, therefore, it doesn't work for Jews. And if it doesn't work for everyone, it doesn't work for anyone.
As has been pointed out, John's Jesus declares to Mary Magdalene that he is ascending "to my God and to your God". But later in the book of John, we find this:
Next he said to Thomas: "Put your finger here, and see my hands, and take your hand and stick it into my side, and stop being unbelieving but become believing." In answer Thomas said to him: "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him: "Because you have seen me have you believed? Happy are those who do not see and yet believe." (Jn. 20:27-29)
If it had been the author's position that Jesus was not God, he would surely have had Jesus rebut Thomas's proclamation that he was God. This, as I see it, makes the JW position more difficult to maintain, especially since the text above is taken directly from a New World translation published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
Jesus had been rebutting the Pharisees' accusations (that he made himself equal to God) throughout his ministry. How can we take one exclamation from Thomas and turn Jesus' own explanation for 3 years on its head? When Thomas said that, it could well have been merely an exclamation of utter awe, just as we say, "Oh my God" when something happens that blows our minds
. Why cast aside all of Jesus' own words when he denied being God, and when he stated clearly that he relied on God to help him and teach him and instruct him what he should do and say?
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them [Jewish leaders], Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise
." (John 5:19, KJV
"For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak....Whatsoever I speak, therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak
." (John 12:49,50, KJV
When the Pharisees accused him of making himself God, he offered quick and pointed rebuttal. He said, "Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came [human judges], and the scriptures cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God
?" (John 10:34-36, KJV
Thomas surely knew that Jesus never claimed to be God and that he prayed to the Father, Jehovah, as his Source of strength and comfort. I'm sure Thomas was aware of what Jesus said in his prayers to God in the garden before his final trial (John 17:3), and what Jesus' viewpoint was as He expressed at John 20:17
, that the Father was HIS God. If the disciples, including Thomas, thought that Jesus was God, that amount of time between what Thomas said and what John wrote down about those hours after Jesus' resurrection....John would certainly have reinforced that idea. Would he not? Far from that, John wrote "these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, THE SON OF GOD; and that believing ye might have life through his name
." (John 20:31, KJV
) If Jesus is God, John gave up a crucial opportunity to underscore that belief by making it crystal clear that the Son of God is God, but he did not. Neither did Peter when Jesus asked him who Peter thought He was. Peter said, "You are the Christ, the Son
of the living God." If Jesus was God, wouldn't the disciples have made it clear?
Jesus' own words make clear the truth of the matter: to his Father in prayer---"You are the only true God
." (John 17:3)