Let's assume that a moderately strong Christian goes to church once a week for two hours, and fifty times a year (accounting for illness or vacations). If they're a lifelong believer in a first-world country, they might go for about 80 years, including Sunday school. That makes:
2 hours a week x 50 weeks a year x 80 years = 8,000 hoursThat's quite a sum, but how much is it in practical terms? To think of it from a real-life standpoint, let's spread those hours out into 16-waking-hour days:
8,000 hours / 16 hours a day = 500 daysSo what do we end up with? A total of 1 year, 4 months and 2 weeks. That's the amount of time that a churchgoer squanders in their lifetime. Sitting restlessly in the pews, listening to a half-coherent sermon. Standing with arms lifted on high, singing a song that will never reach its intended listener.
|Dear Lacey, Jasmine and Jaimie: I'm so sorry.|
Just think of the things we can do with that time.
With all the time we've avoided wasting—more than 16 precious months—we could:
- Learn an instrument
- Research the history and psychology of religion
- Make new friends
- Read dozens of books
- Write a book
- Serve thousands of meals at a local soup kitchen
- Train for a marathon
- Learn to cook
- Master critical thinking skills