The single argument I have encountered most often as to why I should rejoin the Mormon church, or at least stop influencing people to leave it, is the question what if you’re wrong?
Now, the chances that I am wrong are beyond remote, at least about the true nature of the Mormon church. I can’t prove that there is no god, but ultimately that is meaningless as the concept of a god makes very little sense to me. The way I see it, if I’m wrong and God is just, he will know me intimately. He will know exactly how sincere I was about discovering if he was really there. He will then see that I did my best to be a good person inasmuch as I knew how, and will judge me accordingly. If I am wrong but god is not just, then he is certainly not worthy of my worship.
But what if I’m right? A Mormon would try to make the claim that you lose nothing and live your life focused on your family and being a good person. But is this really the case? Let’s examine this for a moment. Do you really lose anything by remaining a member of the Mormon church? Fill in the relevant details in the table below to find out:
The chart above doesn’t take into account other activities like trek, christmas programs, devotionals, BYU, the purchases of materials, temple visits or a myriad of other time and money sinks the church has to offer. And even with all that missing, the numbers are still quite significant. This is time that you could spend with your family, with your spouse, building relationships. Learning and growing. This is money that could be spent paying off debts. Sending your children to college. Paying for your college. Donating to secular charities that aren’t concerned about building expensive temples or shopping centers.
I’ve seen plenty of people try to argue with the psychological benefits that come once you’re free of the guilt, shame and constant self-loathing the church puts you in, but the statistics above are quite hard to argue. It’s clear to me that there is a whole lot to be gained here. All it takes is the first step. All it takes is starting with a little research.
Credit to fellow redditor Mithryn for coming up with the idea for this.