When my belief in Mormonism collapsed I briefly considered several other Christian and non - Christian Religions. My quest didn't last long. This is my thoughts on why I and so many Mormons that leave the church ultimately end up as Atheists.
Reasons I Went From Mormon to Atheist
The Mormon God is human, real and "like me". The nebulous God of traditional Christianity is harder to grasp.
2. I Don't believe in Magic Anymore
Once you realize that Mormon tales of angels, magic rocks and gold plates are fake, you quickly reject all supernatural.
3. I'm Finally off Prozac!!
Mormons are overwhelmed by guilt and stress. Leaving all religion has been great for my mental health.
4. Second Saturday !!
Having one more day a week to rest, play and work around the house is awesome!
5. I've Made Real Friends Now
The LDS social structure is very fake and judgmental. Although it was hard at first, it's nice to make friends for reasons other than because you see them at church.
6. Great and Abominable Church Mindset
I was raised thinking other churches were evil. Mormons judge other churches very harshly. Once I placed the same standard on Mormonism, I left, but I still see other churches in the same way.
7. I've accepted that Science is Truth
Most other religions carry the same anti-science baggage that Mormonism does and I can't ignore it anymore.
8. Mormon History and Doctrine are Fascinating!
Learning about LDS theology and how it developed is intriguing. Other religions seem boring by comparison.
9. I Can't Leave Mormonism Alone
Mormonism is way more interesting as an Ex-Mormon! Researching about LDS Church History and doctrine as an ExMo eats up a ton of my time.
10. Mormon services are Boring
And I've found that every other religion's meetings are as bad or worse and I don't know their songs.
11. Family and Friends
My Mormon family can handle it if they think I'm just "inactive". Joining another church would be hard for them. Just don't announce you are an atheist. In Mormonism, atheism = Satanic Baby Killer.
12. I Love Technology!
The LDS Church has great web sites, digital books, apps and videos plus free WiFi! Most other churches fail by comparison in the digital world.
13. I'm too old to learn new tricks!
The Mormon brand of Christianity is so unique and bizarre that trying to learn the language of any other creed is too hard and I'd probably sound like a fool.
14. Being Motivated by Humanism is way better
Mormons are guilt zombies!! They push themselves to do everything out of fear of neighbors, Bishops and a God who wants to drown, burn or torture them for eternity. It's pretty nice to help others because you care about them.
15. I Just Don't Believe in God
The idea of God sounds intriguing, but once you realize that there isn't a vindictive being spying on me at all times, life can be pretty great!!
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