Mormon Matters has an interesting post on unbelief and remaining in the LDS church. Just as interesting are a number of comments that respond to the post. They raise an interesting question about the place of unbelief in a religious faith.
I don’t think I would say it as strongly as this, but this comment by Jettboy kind of resonates with me
With that said, I will say that I find your leaving the LDS Church because you no longer believe in it much more moral than those who stay within. They are spiritual liars and wolves in sheep clothing, and I am not afraid to say that. That is because I DO believe in its theology, authority, scriptures, divinity and Truth! My problem isn’t for those who have some faith and some doubts and are seeking for greater faith. My problem is for those who don’t believe, aren’t seeking to believe, and simply go through the motions. They make me very angry and I feel are getting in the way of blessings and the mission of Mormonism. My fear has never been that the LDS Church will lose members, but that its members will lose faith. I lost the quote (and if anyone can find it for me I would be very thankful), but a Brigham Young quote influenced me greatly. He said, paraphrasing from memory, he would rather be the last or among a handful to believe than have a huge number of members who don’t believe.
I think that if a church is made up of a large group of people who don’t actually believe the heart of the “story” you’ve got the makings of a dead church. The church is at that point just minding the money of a social club that revolves around acting out some quaint traditions that used to mean a great deal to some one else. There’s no impulse to evangelize or affect the culture around you. It’s just acting out the worst parts of religion.
That anyone intentionally makes time to attend a liberal christian church just baffles me. As Paul says, if it’s not true, we are fools to be pitied. Why would you want to play the part of a fool? I have to think that unbelievers would actually be more satisfied outside of the church. I’m convinced life is lived better without a fascade.