PHILOSOPHY-HILARY L HUNT MD

PHILOSOPHY- just what exactly is ‘philosophy’? Well, philosophy has been defined several different ways, and I will offer you my definition. Simply stated, philosophy is a set of understandings about any given subject based on known or presumed facts. Please note that word ‘presumed’. Throughout recorded history, presumptions have created constant turmoil in our world society(ies).

For instance, literally all of our philosophy has been based on premises which later were proven to be incorrect—the earth was flat and supported on five wobbly legs continuously in danger of toppling into the netherworld below; the earth was the center of the universe; the sun, moon and stars held the keys to our health, wealth and wisdom; there was a god for literally every aspect of our existence; the one and only ‘true God’ was a grizzled old man sitting in the clouds ever ready to shower you with glorious gifts of good fortune (if you were good) and equally ready to bring torments of all sorts upon you (if you were bad)—just to name a few.

Now, lets examine the consequences of such fallacious premises and their resultant philosophies. Flat earth–people, for fifteen thousand or so years, were fearful of sailing out to sea too far because they would fall right off the edge of the earth into the netherworld. Earth supported on five crocked, wobbly legs–during the ‘Inquisition’, sex on any elevated structure was strictly prohibited and punishable by burning at the stake ,because the vibrations from such activity might cause the earth to topple into the netherworld. Earth as center of the universe–again, when Galileo published his scientific discovery that the sun was the center of our universe (solar system) and that the earth and other planets rotated around the sun, he was brought before the inquisition, and he barely escaped burning at the stake by virtue of a ‘forced recantation’ of his discovery—in spite of that, he was held under house arrest for the last nine years of his life. The sun, moon and stars (astrology) held the keys–astrologers proved to be nothing better than skalawag magicians who tricked people into believing all sorts of untruths. Parenthetically, those structures do, in fact, exert extreme influences on our earth but not in the way astrologers portrayed. Gods (gods)–in the early cultures worldwide, there was a recognized entity (god) in charge of literally every aspect of life (god of love, fertility etc.). Eventually, the Israelites came to recognize ‘one true God’. However, as I will show post haste, their ‘one true god’ is a myth also just as all the other ‘pagan gods’.

The Israelite God was patterned exactly after them. Even though he was all powerful and created the universe, basically all of his other traits were strictly human-like. He could love you or hate you; he could coddle you or kill you; he seemed to always be vengeful. He demanded strict adherence to his ‘laws’ (mind you, those laws were fabricated by Moses)—religion (Abrahamic religion) was created. That (those–Judaism, Christianity, Islam) religion reasoned that such a vengeful god would demand sacrifice–and sacrifice he got.

Now, lets address the fallacy of all that ‘philosophy’. Obviously, people were thinking. They could see plainly that both bad and good things happened in their lives. So, they were trying to understand why everything wasn’t ‘good’. Obviously, they concluded that there was an over-lord who didn’t appreciate some of their activities. That (those) overlord(s) was/were given the general name god. In the pagan world, each god had a specific domain. In the Israelite world, their ‘one’ God was in charge of all. More importantly he had to be appeased—a formal religion of attempted appeasement was born.

Fast-forward a few thousand years and Jesus appears—another sacrificial religion was born (Christianity). Six to seven hundred years later Mohammed appears—another Abrahamic religion appears (Islam). While not strictly ‘sacrificial’, Islam seems to derive it ‘appeasement’ from a strict prayer routine and strict adherence to Islamic Law. In any event each such religion is based on ‘false premises’ and therefore is doomed to be false in nature. While the Abrahamic religions busy themselves with appeasement, the other two great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism seem more contemplative—they have always attempted to understand the ‘nature’ of their god. In so doing, they each have established general rules of good living—those rules (guidelines) are their understanding of what their god might expect of them.

So, what is the truth? Simply stated, all religion(s) of which I am aware are based on ‘false premises’. The reason being that not a single person in the history of mankind has ever defined the Essence of God. Absent an essential definition, nothing has meaning. So all of the gods and the religions derived therefrom are pure myths. At this very moment you likely are astonished, and possibly dismayed, that I would/could make such a statement. I am allowed such privilege because of one deliberate consideration—I, Hilary Leo Hunt, have defined, in irrefutable terms, the ESSENCE OF GOD.

GOD IS A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING.

Let’s examine that definition:

When we say ‘God’, we mean Supreme—there is no other.

When we say ‘Is’, we mean always in the ever-present—not yesterday, nor tomorrow.

When we say ‘A’, we mean singular (triune in nature but singular in Godhead).

When we say ‘Perfect’, we mean complete—cannot possibly be added to nor deleted from—cannot possibly be pleased nor displeased.

When we say Rational, we mean an intellect which perceives and a will which achieves.

When we say Being, we mean it is a living entity.

The implications of this ‘perfect’ definition of God’s essence are unbelievably astonishing. In the first place, it shows that all religion is mythical and fallacious. All prayer is nonsensical. God is perfect, and his will cannot possibly be changed (it truly is blasphemous for us to ‘beg’ God to change his will). Our only ‘justifiable’ prayer is a hearty Thank you Lord for my existence, my sustenance and my salvation.

So, back to philosophy—now that we have a concrete definition of God’s essence, we can develop a meaningful philosophe of our existence based on ‘truth’. That philosophy has ramifications unheard of. However, I have begun its development in my two books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality. I strongly urge you to read them both.

As a matter of information, Wilderness Cry has received a 4 of 4 review rating. Furthermore, it will be featured as On-line Book Club’s ‘Book Of The Month’ this coming December. Peace in Spirituality will be featured by On-Line Book Club’s ‘Book of the Day” on my birthday, Oct. 23, 2021.

FAITH vs. RELIGION-PART 2–HILARY L HUNT MD

Due to a glitch in navigating WordPress yesterday, I had to cut short my comments—my apologies. Today, I will continue with my conversation about faith and how it relates to Religion.

To begin with, just what is ‘faith’? Strictly stated, faith is the acceptance of something as being true without concrete evidence of that truth. In addition, there are two basic kinds of faith, ‘implicit’ and ‘explicit’.

A common example of ‘explicit faith’ would be a warranty on a new automobile—from past experience and hearsay, we know that manufacturers typically stand good for their stated warranty. So, we are legitimate in having explicit faith that they will again.

A common example of ‘implicit’ faith is demonstrated in our willingness to believe that when we greet on an airplane, it will take us to our destination safely. We know from historical experience that commercial airline crashes in the US are rare. However, we are willing to ‘take that’ chance under the umbrella of ‘implied faith’ that all will be well.

Understandably, you may say ,’what’s that got to do with God and religion?’—and I would say ‘everything’, and here’s why. Those, among both the ancients and relative neophytes, who have concocted religions, have done so based on their version of ‘explicit faith’. In other words, God has ‘revealed’ to each of then a set of absolutes. So what then? Gradually those ‘absolutes’ demand interpretation and in that process of ‘implied faith’, a gazillion different religions have been formed (created). In truth, every human who ever existed has had a different faith and a different religion.

You may object, saying ‘I know twenty people who go to Saint ‘so and so’ Catholic church, and twenty more who go to ‘such and such’ Baptist Church, and so on and on and on. That may be absolutely true—-they go to a certain church, but no two of them have the same identical ‘faith or religion’

The reason for all that is very simple indeed—each of them knows (visualizes) a different God, because as I stated yesterday, no one before me has defined the ‘essence of God’. Therefore, not one of them knows the God about whom they think—each of those billions of gods are pure myths—they are like Santa—each similar but different, and all mythical.

It is impossible to know about any entity or concept without first defining its essence. Jesus didn’t know ‘particle physics’, but in his brilliance he recognized that the Spirit of God pervaded all existences—otherwise nothing could be. He set about to enlighten (Christ) the world about the universality and Perfect Love of God—that activity got him killed. He knew it would, but seeing himself as the ‘sacrificial lamb’, he willingly chose an ignominious death so that the world might be ‘enlightened’ (I am the light of the world) to the truth of God’s essence—Perfect Rationality.

It seems very doubtful if anyone either understood his message, or if they did understand, they were willing to accept it. Remember, The Jews killed him for treason—teaching anything contrary to the Jewish religion was treason. Guess what—the formation of so-called Christianity followed in the Jews footsteps. They set themselves up in hierarchal arrangement. I guess one might call it ‘trickle-down power. Regardless how one may perceive it, the result was/is the same—power, control, money.

So what are the implications of defining God’s essence as Perfect Rationality. Very simply, something perfect cannot be changed. Time is a measure of change. Since God is perfect he exists in eternity, a state of no change nor time. God cannot be hurt. God cannot be pleased. God cannot possibly ‘change his mind’ about anything. So all of this praying, sacrificial ritual, begging God to change his mind, etc.. could, in fact be considered blasphemous. However, God’s Perfect Love precludes any possibility of ‘retribution’ on his part.

In fact, out only justifiable prayer, while not expected by God, but to keep us humble and appreciative of his love, is a great big ‘Thank you God for your loving acceptance of me , a selfish sinner’.

So where does religion fit in? My belief; it is the most major deterrent to tranquility and peace that the world has ever known. It is also the most ‘monstrous’ money machine the world has ever known.

I mentioned my two books about these subjects yesterday. I will attempt to insert info about them.