This parable by Henry Lions explains the motivations of ex-Mormons, in spite of the Mormon Church leaders trying to disparage their actions by oft repeated phrases like “you have left the church, but you can’t leave the church alone.”
The Fake Doctor:
“A man goes to a private doctor who tells him he has a terminal illness. The doctor further tells the man that though the illness is incurable, he, the doctor, can treat the symptoms and keep the patient alive indefinitely, but it will cost. The price is to pay the doctor a monthly fee amounting to 10% of the patients’ income and to have a strict adherence to a diet and lifestyle plan prescribed by the doctor.
“Time goes by and the man marries and has children, the doctor then tells the man he has infected his family and that they too must now submit to the same course of treatment for life at the same cost.
“On his 40th birthday the man is in a car accident and while in hospital the staff demand to see his medication. A doctor in the hospital tells him the medication he’s been taking is actually only sugar tablets, and that he is perfectly healthy. The man will not believe the hospital doctor and demands that his private GP be sent for. The hospital staff then tell him no such doctor exists and that the man he is asking for is a convicted fraudster.
“Now, knowing that he has been the victim of a con, the man ceases paying the fraudulent GP and stops taking the medicine, as does his family. None of them die.
“When they confront the phoney Doctor, he tells them “it is a miracle and only goes to prove how effective his medicine has been.”
“The man and his wife decide to spend the rest of their lives discrediting the thieving doctor and freeing other people from his clutches. However, many fellow patients claim he has no right to do this as they insist they are happy to keep paying, and say they feel better for the pointless and expensive treatment. Plus they enjoy the company of each other and their fake doctor.
“So is it right to bring down the liar, or is it better to let people live in a happy dream?”