By Ken Clifton - B.S. Religion (Liberty University), M.B.A. Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University, and former Republican, charismatic evangelist, IRS Agent, manager, and fortune 50 company accountant. The last few years have been very educational. I have always been a very open minded person to the things that I knew were open, even if there were several things I considered to be closed and fixed that I would learn, later, were only accepted by default instead of interspection. I grew up feeling that the fixed point was that... God is good, which I sought from knowing that MAN was BAD...or at least what of it that I saw. So, when a church came along that talked about a GOOD God, I was all for learning more. I believed in a Good God, since I knew that I was someone that desired good and despised those that were evil. A God that would judge THEM for what they did to me was something worth having in the world...even if it takes a while for them to face their judgment. The PROBLEM was that I trusted MEN to tell me what that GOOD God was like, even as even they told me that ALL MEN (including them presumably) were bent to evil. So, time after time of listening to this church describing the GOOD GOD as being on THEIR side or another church THEIR SIDE and each of them describing who to hate on their behalf only led me down the rabbit hole of "Divine" hatred, and I felt that it was GOOD, because... after all... THEY were the ones telling me about the GOOD GOD. THEN, a funny thing happened. I became someone on the LIST of those to hate. Why? I got tired of being used and abused by my ex-wife, and ...I recall it was in a church... I thought.... wouldn't a God that DIED so I wouldn't have to suffer want to free me from it, now? LOVE, after all, is the foundation of the law. FREEDOM was the purpose of Christ. However, I had broken a LAW. I was getting DIVORCED. This began my journey of seeing truths of God and Man that I could ONLY experience and learn as a pirate, and biting from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil would, indeed, be a hard road to lessons to learn. However, this book encompasses much more than just my eyes being opened to religious realities but many others, as well. Once I allowed myself to challenge one presumption I held without knowledge, I began to see others, and I have recounted my own testimony (in courts would be held as evidence) of these busted myths in areas that no one wants me to talk about, such as questioning: why we praise blood family over friends, corporate corruption, what I observed and experienced dropping my income by half in regards to how others treated me and how I saw the world, logic failures in believing the “divine providence” I once not only held but wrote devotionals in support of (which I now regret..this book is penance), the myth of the virtuous veteran and their preference (from one that gets it), society shaming and condemnation of the divorce freed, the GOP bubble, poverty in a “holy” city, and more. These are things that most people know but few want to challenge, and I am inspired in the year of #silencebreakers to bear #witness to what I have seen, heard, and experienced, so as to awake others in the beginning stages of this social suicide called “how it’s always been” or “the good old days.” Maybe…just maybe… we can learn from the past, instead of re-living it, and GROW as people for the good of all. One quick note. These were all at one time or another posts on one of my blogs (see forwardtohappiness.com for more), so they are pretty self contained. As such, there may be a few cases of things being repeated, but…as this is just a self published book that I a m giving away for free…I’ll allow it. If you feel this book has benefited you, see opportunities at my website for ways to support this effort. Thanks for the read. I know it will benefit you, even if only to have someone you can say…YEAH, I can attest to that, too.