"Hank's Ass" (Specifically: "The Kissing Thereof"):

Having been around the block for a while, I've observed the belief systems that constitute the primary beliefs of most organized religions.  Every sect I've run across where people waive the holy-flag & salute the unholy one (often not quite sure which is which or if there is any difference at all), --all of those groups seem to eventually subjugate themselves to the doctrine of "Kissing Hank's Ass".  And, in such groups -- getting as close as possible to "Hank" is the end-all of divine goals bestowed upon mere men.

Sound corny? Well, it should. Because it is. Nevertheless, socialized religious sects seem to embrace the fundamental principles of kissing Hank's ass in many ways -- though seldom expressing the folly in such blunt terms.

This is the fundamental flaw of most sects/religions/politicos, etc., - expressed by the following anecdote:

KISSING HANK'S ARSE:
This morning there was a knock at my door. When I answered the door I found a well groomed, nicely dressed couple. The man spoke first:

John: "Hi! I'm John, and this is Mary."

Mary: "Hi! We're here to invite you to come kiss Hank's ass with us."

Me:   "Pardon me?! What are you talking about? Who's Hank, and why would I want to kiss His ass?"

John: "If you kiss Hank's ass, He'll give you a million dollars; and if you don't, He'll kick the shit out of you."

Me:   "What? Is this some sort of bizarre mob shake-down?"

John: "Hank is a billionaire philanthropist. Hank built this town. Hank owns this town. He can do whatever He wants, and what He wants is to give you a million dollars, but He can't until you kiss His ass."

Me:   "That doesn't make any sense. Why..."

Mary: "Who are you to question Hank's gift? Don't you want a million dollars? Isn't it worth a little kiss on the ass?"

Me:   "Well maybe, if it's legit, but..."

John: "Then come kiss Hank's ass with us."

Me:   "Do you kiss Hank's ass often?"

Mary: "Oh yes, all the time..."

Me:   "And has He given you a million dollars?"

John: "Well no. You don't actually get the money until you leave town."

Me:   "So why don't you just leave town now?"

Mary: "You can't leave until Hank tells you to, or you don't get the money, and He kicks the shit out of you."

Me:   "Do you know anyone who kissed Hank's ass, left town, and got the million dollars?"

John: "My mother kissed Hank's ass for years. She left town last year, and I'm sure she got the money."

Me:   "Haven't you talked to her since then?"

John: "Of course not, Hank doesn't allow it."

Me:   "So what makes you think He'll actually give you the money if you've never talked to anyone who got the money?"

Mary: "Well, He gives you a little bit before you leave. Maybe you'll get a raise, maybe you'll win a small lotto, maybe you'll just find a twenty-dollar bill on the street."

Me:   "What's that got to do with Hank?"

John: "Hank has certain 'connections.'"

Me:   "I'm sorry, but this sounds like some sort of bizarre con game."

John: "But it's a million dollars, can you really take the chance? And remember, if you don't kiss Hank's ass He'll kick the shit out of you."

Me:   "Maybe if I could see Hank, talk to Him, get the details straight from Him..."

Mary: "No one sees Hank, no one talks to Hank."

Me:   "Then how do you kiss His ass?"

John: "Sometimes we just blow Him a kiss, and think of His ass. Other times we kiss Karl's ass, and he passes it on."

Me:   "Who's Karl?"

Mary: "A friend of ours. He's the one who taught us all about kissing Hank's ass. All we had to do was take him out to dinner a few times."

Me:   "And you just took his word for it when he said there was a Hank, that Hank wanted you to kiss His ass, and that Hank would reward you?"

John: "Oh no! Karl has a letter he got from Hank years ago explaining the whole thing. Here's a copy; see for yourself."

From the Desk of Karl

  1. Kiss Hank's ass and He'll give you a million dollars when you leave town.

  2. Use alcohol in moderation.

  3. Kick the shit out of people who aren't like you.

  4. Eat right.

  5. Hank dictated this list Himself.

  6. The moon is made of green cheese.

  7. Everything Hank says is right.

  8. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.

  9. Don't use alcohol.

  10. Eat your wieners on buns, no condiments.

  11. Kiss Hank's ass or He'll kick the shit out of you.

Me:   "This appears to be written on Karl's letterhead."

Mary: "Hank didn't have any paper."

Me:   "I have a hunch that if we checked we'd find this is Karl's handwriting."

John: "Of course, Hank dictated it."

Me:   "I thought you said no one gets to see Hank?"

Mary: "Not now, but years ago He would talk to some people."

Me:   "I thought you said He was a philanthropist. What sort of philanthropist kicks the shit out of people just because they're different?"

Mary: "It's what Hank wants, and Hank's always right."

Me:   "How do you figure that?"

Mary: "Item 7 says 'Everything Hank says is right.' That's good enough for me!"

Me:   "Maybe your friend Karl just made the whole thing up."

John: "No way! Item 5 says 'Hank dictated this list himself.' Besides, item 2 says 'Use alcohol in moderation,' Item 4 says 'Eat right,' and item 8 says 'Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.' Everyone knows those things are right, so the rest must be true, too."

Me:   "But 9 says 'Don't use alcohol.' which doesn't quite go with item 2, and 6 says 'The moon is made of green cheese,' which is just plain wrong."

John: "There's no contradiction between 9 and 2, 9 just clarifies 2. As far as 6 goes, you've never been to the moon, so you can't say for sure."

Me:   "Scientists have pretty firmly established that the moon is made of rock..."

Mary: "But they don't know if the rock came from the Earth, or from out of space, so it could just as easily be green cheese."

Me:   "I'm not really an expert, but I think the theory that the Moon was somehow 'captured' by the Earth has been discounted*. Besides, not knowing where the rock came from doesn't make it cheese."

John: "Ha! You just admitted that scientists make mistakes, but we know Hank is always right!"

Me:   "We do?"

Mary: "Of course we do, Item 7 says so."

Me:   "You're saying Hank's always right because the list says so, the list is right because Hank dictated it, and we know that Hank dictated it because the list says so. That's circular logic, no different than saying 'Hank's right because He says He's right.'"

John: "Now you're getting it! It's so rewarding to see someone come around to Hank's way of thinking."

Me:   "But...oh, never mind. What's the deal with wieners?"

Mary: She blushes.

John: "Wieners, in buns, no condiments. It's Hank's way. Anything else is wrong."

Me:   "What if I don't have a bun?"

John: "No bun, no wiener. A wiener without a bun is wrong."

Me:   "No relish? No Mustard?"

Mary: She looks positively stricken.

John: He's shouting. "There's no need for such language! Condiments of any kind are wrong!"

Me:   "So a big pile of sauerkraut with some wieners chopped up in it would be out of the question?"

Mary: Sticks her fingers in her ears.  "I am not listening to this. La la la, la la, la la la."

John: "That's disgusting. Only some sort of evil deviant would eat that..."

Me:   "It's good! I eat it all the time."

Mary: She faints.

John: He catches Mary. "Well, if I'd known you were one of those I wouldn't have wasted my time. When Hank kicks the shit out of you I'll be there, counting my money and laughing. I'll kiss Hank's ass for you, you bunless cut-wienered kraut-eater."

With this, John dragged Mary to their waiting car, and sped off.

Followers of Hank all seem to have several things in common: Higher Brain-Functions: Switched-off. They do not question. They do not demand that logical flaws be investigated for resolution.  Like most religions (& politics): Hank (if he exists) is a self-centered aggrandizing lawless prick.  And Hank's followers are people who lack the mental ammunition to ask the right questions (much less demand answers that make sense).  Sadly -- Hank's followers constitute the vast majority of religious people you'll meet -- probably even you.  It once was me.  Until I made the quality decision to "Kick Hank's Arse". 
To do the job & do it well -- might I suggest some classes in fundamental law & logic.  System's analyst's make good lawyers -& the more intellect you bring to bear on the task of exposing Hank -- the more people who'll join you in an arse-kicking-campaign.  It eventually becomes a pleasurable hobby - to KICK Hank's arse.

Now with all of this talk about exposing Hank & his false doctrines - added to my iconoclastic viewpoint of most "religions"; --0ne might presume that I'm an Atheist.  Well, no; -- But Atheism or Agnosticism is a great place to start.  You see, they haven't bought into the libraries full of hank's bullsh1t.  Any honest Atheist will admit that their belief system is based on their own observations of "evidence" and that to date -- insufficient evidence has been presented to them in order to cause a fundamental shift in their belief system.  That's certainly a fair & rational viewpoint.  However, any questioning person who begins to look into the science of the universe in the microcosm will soon be confronted with a series of mathematical probabilities that strongly suggest (& I mean by trillions to one or more) an intelligent designer. What most discover is that the numbers themselves favor ID - greatly favor it.  And I'm talking scientific method & statistical analysis ... not magic (I don't believe in magic ... but any sufficiently developed technical way of doing things is often indistinguishable from it). What anyone who studies the Bible will discover is that the God of Law does not go about breaking them - ever! And I would suggest that computers & virtual environments now give us an analog for creationism unparalleled in human history.

And ironically, -Judaism & it's progression into what is called "Christianity" are belief systems that expect people to be fully convinced in their own minds.  Although, you'd not know this looking at the mentally-challenged who are the vocal "leaders" of these "faiths" today!  My belief is that it's much easier for people to believe "Hank's lies" then it is to do the hard research & ask the right questions that leads a person to catch a glimpse of God. And this is why all the various "Hanks" out there get so much easy press.

According to the New Testament, the purpose of Jesus was to provide nexus to God's existence from that of man's fallen (animal-like) condition.  Having a genius IQ & wide background in law & the sciences - my hypothesis was that Jesus was God's human analogue -- a man fully built & tested in all ways in order to be given an irrevocable trust: All that is of God. According to the new testament, Jesus (the 2nd 'Adam') became a life-giving spirit.  From a scientific, hypothetical perspective -- to rephrase: All that was Jesus changed from from corporeal into a high energy plasma (whether electrical or other scientific phenomena) and in that form he interacts with men to cause dramatic changes in order to bring about moral behavior.  Millions of people who have experienced this form of life changing experience can explain many of the ways in which they were changed in their predominant personality -- but cannot explain any scientific methodology as to HOW the changes happened.  In analog: Not understanding how a bridge is constructed --but trusting in it's ability to allow safe passage is the fundamental explanation of the term "faith".  I simply have a desire to understand the plausible physics behind what is a phenomena that sets Apostolic Christianity apart from all other world religions.  From what I can discern - the Spirit of Christ is a phenomena that dramatically affects the brain chemistry of those yielded to His influence. The model might be a tightly modulated, multi-phase electri'esque phenomena that affects the mind of one influenced by it by shaping the chaotic strange attractors that constitute though processes - w. the very mental anagrams of Jesus himself.  While it is difficult to explain this to people who do not have an understanding of the sciences interwoven to facilitate the process - there are examples in nature that give insight into the various components of the hypothesis. In my mind, the plausibility of this is so rational to conceive -- that it is not as much a matter of "faith" as it is a matter of astonishment concerning the brilliance of God to lawfully "hack" His way back into a creation that had been subjugated to such calamity by the 1st trustee - Adam (who had been deceived by one bent on challenging the very constitution of God's integrity). I regret that I cannot articulate what I understand - into an explanation here -- but it's taken decades to learn the principles used to form this hypothesis & in the process I have come to accept the fact that most people will never see the physical world in the resolution that my intellect allows me.  However, the brilliance behind God's methodology is that it is not contingent on intellectuals to excogitate in order to affect "whosoever will".

RUACH HA'KODESH: Roughly translated from the Hebrew - it's the "Turbulent Breath of God".  According to the creation account, it was the breath of God that gave life to man in the beginning. According to the New Testament - it is the same breath that puts new life in the animal-skin that is 'fallen' man.  And I would suggest, to anyone honestly seeking a convincing argument for the existence of God - to begin with a close encounter with people who extol the significance of the "baptism by the Holy-Spirit" (Turbulent Breath of God).  "Baptism" is a term that means "an overwhelming change in nature". Traditionally (& quite a matter of common sense), - such groups also outwardly illustrate this invisible phenomena with a one-time ritual that involves total immersion in water "in the name of Jesus" (commonly called "a baptism").  My experience has shown me that groups that do not adhere to the significance of "Jesus Name" or complete immersion generally do not adhere to (for lack of understanding of) other Scriptural principles -- resulting in a diminishing return regarding genuine encounters with "God's Turbulent Breath" -- to the point that many "Churches" are nothing more than "psycho-babbling social clubs" that discuss so-called "Christian issues" while lacking the very manifestations that set Christianity (as recorded in the Scriptures) apart from all other world religions (& ironically - the Scriptures themselves warn of this very trend).
Disconnecting the rational & literary-basis, - from "religious principle" is a folly millennia old.  God, who invented the mind does not intend for it to be switched off. Jesus himself was a vocal opponent of "vain traditions of men".  "Belief-without-backing" groups are often "Hank-havens" & there are LOTS of them. And Hank's congregations are huge. They'll ask you to "accept by faith<sic>" the notions of everything from invisible golden plates to virgins waiting in the afterlife.  The advantage of demanding evidence (even if a personal & intangible experience) in the NOW is that you get to examine it -- mull it over: Use your mind.  Evaluate. I believe that God is 100% rational by His very nature. There is no confusion within Him.  It's His ways that frustrate the minds of men -- (As we're unable to reason the how's of the end result from early-stage steps). 
Having an experience with the Spirit of God - is to the individual who has the experience - usually the best form of evidence they could have asked for.  Why? Rebuilding the psyche of a person in the blink of an eye is - to the individual experiencing the phenomena - more real than celestial fireworks & of great personal implications.  And, there are many things that transpire in the conversation of those so affected - that call & confirm to those around them (often in words uniquely germane to the hearer but of no particular significance to the speaker).   It is an amazing thing to encounter these phenomena in their proper, life-changing contexts.

Cross reference your experience/s with the Scripture & steer clear of the many "Hanks" that wish to exploit you for their own ends.

 

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