Let me tell you about one of the mental simulations that I do. It will extend my explanation about my views/relationship with god. I was just doing this again a moment ago and thought to tell you! As you know I am an Agnostic-Atheist, which means that I ‘think’ and know that I don’t know with 100% certainty that there is no god; but I fully lack any ‘belief’ in a god.
So although I have no belief, my rational mind says that there is always that possibility. So I think about how, if there were a god then what would be My reality. How could I analyse and understand a possible reality where there Was a god. And I have a ‘reality’ I get into(simulate that perspective). And have reached a great understanding of my relationship with that possible god. My view of god’s nature and explanations as to why he doesn’t interfere with the world despite its present state of affairs, and all of the humans’ time here. I have come to terms with how that reality would be and how things would work. I like playing in that reality and have a very fun understanding with god when I am ‘living in’ that perspective for a while. I tease god a lot but if he is GOD then he must love my sense of humor when I tease him because I am laughing my head off and I never make fun of peoples’ shortcomings. Unless it involves a needless vanity like plastic surgery!!! And my GOD has no time for plastic surgery!!
When I am in that perspective then it can be very intellectual, with no amount of emotion feeling of his presence, just analysis ans thoughts. There is emotion with those thoughts. I am never angered but I do call him on some if his obvious fuck ups in how he set up the universe in a way in which it causes a great amount of needless suffering. But I intellectual understand why it works that way. It isn’t because of the Free Will argument(there is no evidenced argument for free will that has any strength compared to the other, scientific, explanations). The things that lead up to the Jews having the idea of one god is interesting but they brought in the ‘punishment for sins’ concept with the one god because he was angry. Okay, I will stop writing all of my thoughts as they pop into my head!!!!!!

Jyvlo Yipistage
Would you delve a little deeper for me? You said it was a fuck up how the universe is set up in this reality you like to play is due to the great amount of needless suffering and that you intellectually understand why it works this way. What is your intellectual understanding of this?
That will take a little while to condense! Let me think for a while before I reply.
By the way, did you notice I initiated another chat!! You have me well trained!!

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I’m not trying to train you! But I do like that you find I am worth the time to engage in conversation. I also appreciate that you noticed and remembered something I said.
And take as much time as you need to formulate your reply. That is a definite advantage of texting and Facebook…extra time before responding.

Now, Jyvlo, have I not always demonstrated your worth of my time every time you initiated conversations?! I stay up till 3:00 am chatting with you all the time! For hours!!! If that is not a demonstration enough for you then I am more than happy to initiate more conversations if that will satiate you!!
I don’t mind at all when someone tells me directly what their needs are. I actually like it! If it is reasonable for me to do and it will be of help then why wouldn’t I do it!! And I listen and remember EVERY WORD YOU SAY!! 😉

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You HAVE stayed up late talking to me on more than one occasion. Thanks for pointing out to me that you ARE demonstrating interest to me just maybe not in the way I would choose. My ONLY fault (HA!!!) is that I tend to overlook things like that…Not a good quality for successful relationships!!!
EVERY WORD?? ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!! That’s scary….

I can’t access ALL of it on demand but I can access tons of it— Word for Word!! With others, you can remind me of it by quoting back something you said and 95% of the time I will be able to finish your quote, word for word, and continue with what I said  after you and then back to what you said etc. and most of the time I can back it up to before you said what you said and the whole conversational context of it all!! Some people find that SO ANNOYING!! Control freaks go nuts with me!! They are funny!  Most people misunderstand them. Everyone thinks that control freaks “Have To Be Right!!!”    This is a misconception. In reality they  “Can’t Be Wrong!!”   That is how you crack a control freak. Let them talk and talk. and graciously let them be right. They do so enjoy that!  It is true.  😉     If you let them talk then no matter how smart they think they are, they Will FUCK UP!!  You may, too, and that is just fine because you will graciously admit to your error and literally thank them for the correction and say “You were right!”.  Don’t fight it at all because you are in the conversation to learn. It is amazing what you can learn from studying monkies!!  😉      Cute Little things, dancing around.  Let them glory in being right over you and “forcing” you to admit you were wrong. While all the time you are laughing to yourself how you just learned something from a dancing monkey. As they continue they will fuck something up as their head swells with joy.  They get over confident under the pleasure of being in control. They get a lttle drunk. Then You gently and courteously point out their minor error. Watch them fight!  Make sure you know 100% that you are right. And then sit back and throw peanuts at the dancing monkey. Dance Monkey!! Dance!!

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Well, I can access most of it too since it’s all been via MISSING! lol
But I can’t quote you..I tend to focus on the overall message. I’m a ‘big picture’ kind of person generally.
I could quote you if I go back, copy and paste. Now I’m doing that thing that annoys you – multiple short messages…SORRY


The most basic answer to your god question for me is that I know how  god could have made man in a better way. Not a crazed ideal like Apollo!! In that case then clearly Superman powers would be the first thing!!
With a little lean in a good direction then being Human could be a more positive experience for a soul. It makes no sense to me that any loving God would put our innocent souls (at birth or baptism, as one pleases!) to a test. That makes no sense to me. The Old Testament has insight but it is also filled with the insanity of man and a semi-nomadic people (they moved around a lot whether by choice or force).
If the human mind worked a little different then life could be amazing and we could solve these fundamental issues that mankind struggles with through the ages. It is pretty simple.
So from that perspective I sought to understand why God would create and accept a world as we have it,in which the experience of being Any human on the planet is unnecessarily cruel (physical, mental and/ emotional suffering). One solution would be If we knew there was a god because we were born connected to the mind of god and could speak directly to God.  JC as the bible describes (or Muhammad who spoke directly with god) had this insight and made his experience of earth very different from ours. Instead of seeing/looking for signs and reading very confusing and contradictory book(s). The message/book could have been written so much more clearly and leave out the stuff about not wearing two different types of material at one time etc.
To make any sense of the history of the universe, earth, life and mankind (and the condition of their existence today) you have to accept science and evolution as the obvious thing that happened (or a very accurate description of the main elements forming it). Only someone who is unaware/skeptical of the concept of ‘science’ all the while they harass people on the internet (think about it monkey:  What would Jesus do?!) while they type on their computer can ignore this obvious truth!
Also, clearly, god does not reach in and affect the universe. He may have set it in motion and let it do its thing. It can be argued that:  At the beginning of the universe (big bang) is when God set it in motion and it has just run its course ever since.
Not sure Why he made mankind this way, clearly a rational god would not have done it this way without some motivation?! If god is irrational then who cares?! Irrational people are impossible to please so why bother and try? On judgement day your fate would depend more upon his mood than what you did with your life.

Jyvlo Yipistage

So you are suggesting that God should have made superior (if not perfect) humans? If we were superior to our current state (depending on the level of that superiority) then there would be no need for us to have problem-solving capabilities because we would not cause each other problems! All would be good and enjoyable and perfectly BORING! The God I believe in doesn’t put us to a test but simply offers us His love. If He just talked to us all the time in a totally accessible way, we would be completely dependent on Him and lazy and expect him to solve everything for us rather than delving into deep relationships with others as He desires to do with us.

As far as whether or not God reaches in and intervenes in events…I don’t have a strong belief about that one way or the other. It is a question I often ask myself.
And, yes these are complex questions but not questions I haven’t spent lots of time considering.


There is no need to go to an extreme difference from where we are. That was my point with the Superman joke! A small change in our awareness level would make it possible for us to Use our problem solving skills to better understand ourselves and how we work. Not make us perfect! Plus, Jyvlo , even insects need problem solving techniques to survive.

Jyvlo Yipistage
touché – OK fine…higher level problem-solving skills. Also, if we were just a smidgen ‘better’ in this way we would probably be only more painfully aware of our shortcomings and complain that God should have made us just ever so slightly better.
I am not arguing with your logic or the soundness of your positions. They are all very logical. But you still feel there is a piece of the puzzle missing, right?

As to our short coming, I completely disagree! More awareness would bring more understanding and with that less anxiety about things. We could lose superficiality with it. The more self-aware I am and aware of the similarities between me and everyone else’s experience of being human the more forgiving I am of myself and other people.

The missing piece is the answer. Why would a rational God have chosen this fate for mankind? That is what is missing.
The more ‘aware’ people in/of the world are compassionate people. The un- or semi- aware people are the ones who cause trouble. We all contribute to the confusion but the zombies totally mess up the place.

Jyvlo Yipistage
Lol! So what is your solution to the human condition? Kill the zombies?

Kidding…But seriously now..while we are ‘playing in this reality’ we are assuming God exists. So would you agree for God to exist and to have created the world and humanity it is a prerequisite that God be more intelligent than us? If so, it follows that God’s understanding of humanity and reality exceeds ours so there is probably a reason we can only partially grasp for things being the way they are. Compassion and self-awareness can lead to action to at least TRY to help others become more self-aware so that fewer zombies exist.

Just because someone is more intelligent than another does not mean that it understands the experience or the mind of another! I have no idea what is going on in a dogs mind or how it experiences life and the senses. Apparently they have no/little sense of time!
Being Intelligent and being rational are two different things. A rational mind needs a reason or motivation, an irrational mind doesn’t.

Jyvlo Yipistage
We weren’t discussing personal intimate knowledge but rather knowledge of the workings etc – the big picture

I agree on the big picture but an infinitely compassion, as well as, rational mind would not have knowingly created such experiences of reality as we humans experience it. That makes no sense.
For him, the big picture is everything in the universe but not ‘individual reality’. The experience(experiences) some children have is not rationally acceptable by a compassionate mind.
For me, this means that God would have to be unaware of it when he set things in motion. One could then conclude that he spoke to Moses and sent JC (or spoke thru any profit from any religion)  to try to communicate with us and change the path we are on.
Simple knowledge of how our minds work and how to learn. How to modify negative(any behavior which lowers the quality of our experience of reality) behavior and thinking. These simple skills, which we are just now discovering due to other things than religion; namely, scientific method-brain science, psychology etc
If He had “spoken” these things to us (or if we were born with these skills) then eventually most people would natural conclude by using their problem solving skills that ‘don’t be a dick’ is a pretty good rule! Most of the 10 Commandments are pretty obvious to any reasonable person., etc.

Jyvlo Yipistage
The traditional creation story is that the perfect world was created which included choice. Poor choices leading to undesirable consequences. If choice was present that means humans were capable of making positive choices… Unfortunately even ‘good’ people make ‘bad’ choices. The cumulative effects of those choices are disease, famine, climate change, drought etc. The ten commandments were a drastic simplification of prior Leviticus laws. And yes they are pretty much common sense. However, I don’t know anyone who has not broken at least one of them.

“Choice” is not a Choice if you are incapable of understanding the consequences. It is just “picking”.
There is no such thing as perfection so of coarse everyone has made “bad” choices or wasn’t thinking and did something “bad”. No rational person would expect themselves to be perfect if they had a real understanding of how their mind works. They would see that the mind and body aren’t a perfect machine. 95% is a very good performance level. To expect 100% would be irrational.
Apparently we make more bad choices than good ones as it is, considering the state of human history and existence.

Jyvlo Yipistage
And humans don’t cause earthquakes or other natural disasters.
So I hear you saying God created an imperfect world where humans are unfairly subjected to pain and circumstances not of their choosing.

Clearly that is the case to anyone who looks around! An unnecessary amount and degree of suffering on this crazy planet he made with earthquakes, floods, droughts — all the great plagued.

Jyvlo Yipistage
So you conclude that if He exists he is irrational and imperfect.

Imperfect is a very vague statement. But that he makes “picks” without full understanding of the consequences upon others, Yes. The existence of Suffering is bad enough but to experience suffering is horrible for all humans.
Not irrational  there is too much order in the universe for God to be irrational. If he were irrational then that would explain why he set it in motion this way. But an irrational mind would have ‘magic’ in the world. Things that are impossible to predict and break the Laws of Physics. The only things that break the laws of physics is the human mind and its ability to be creative ideas and perceptions that don’t really exist. It can create realities and ideas that break the laws of physics but these realities don’t exist in the external world. They are held only in the mind.

Jyvlo Yipistage
Like miraculous healings without medical intervention?
So he’s not irrational or you are undecided?


There are no ‘miraculous healings without medical intervention’. These spontaneous healing of all of these diseases are statistically predicted regardless of the presence of religion. A small percentage survive all diseases(general statement). Some people carry the HIV virus but never come down with AIDS and they received no medical treatment. It just always happens that some don’t. No disease is Perfect/flawless. Some people survive even plane crashes when everyone else dies!
For me, god must be rational but when he set all of this in motion he clearly didn’t understand what the experience of existence in the human reality and had limited knowledge of the function of this machine called a brain and the reality(conscious experience) that the brain generates.

 When I simulate the possibility that god exists then I give him some shit and point out how obvious it is that if we were all born with simply knowledge of how we work/function and how to train it to work more like how we want it to work then so much suffering would be eliminated.

Jyvlo Yipistage
Why do u talk to someone who doesn’t exist? That’s pretty irrational!!

I don’t know if he exists or not. But let it be known that I talk to my TV, too. I just don’t expect it to talk back to me!!

Jyvlo Yipistage

But I only talk with God when I am doing this thought experiment(simulation) and simulate him being real. I don’t do it otherwise.

Jyvlo Yipistage
I don’t have answers for all the arguments against the existence of God. The times in my life that I’ve truly questioned everything I go back to the beginning of the universe. Big bang is fine but that doesn’t explain the source of the material FOR the big bang. Despite my bit having scientific logical rational explanations for all of it, I do believe in an intelligent creator who desires most of all to be in intimate relationship with every human being. I don’t have to get you to agree with me in order to be friends. I’m ok with the disagreement. I enjoy the chance to deeply examine what I believe.

Jyvlo Yipistage

I was just answering your question and I wasn’t giving you an argument against God! We were assuming that he Did exist.
There wasn’t material before the big bang. The big bang was a release and conversion of energy into a state we call “matter”. The source of the energy is unknown. Matter is simply vibrations(energy) or converted energy (in a sense), according to physics when you throw out all the bs equations..
It could have been God who was the source of energy but I see no need for one. But it is interesting to think about if it was a god!

Jyvlo Yipistage
Ok. I thought the big bang stated that there was a singularity and I thought that was matter condensed to its most dense form. Regardless my point is still valid. And yes I think it is interesting to consider whether the source of that was a god.

Before the singularity there was energy. This energy expanded and condensed into  participial of matter, this is the singularity. Before the entry of matter, the dimension of Time didn’t exist. Hence, our present math breaks down without the dimension of time.

Which ‘point’ do you mean that is still valid?

Jyvlo Yipistage
That there is room on the theory for a source

I said that first, I think? I absolutely agree that there is that possibility! Isn’t that were I started from?! where I stated that I am an Agnostic-Atheist.

Jyvlo Yipistage
Ok. Glad we agree
Just seems u tend more toward atheist
I guess that’s why the discussion has gone that direction to a degree

We were discussing my view as to the nature of God if he Is the source.
I didn’t discuss atheism at all?! Except when I said that I don’t believe. But I am balanced with agnosticism in that I know that I don’t know 100% if he does or doesn’t exist. So I am neither more one or the other. They balance each other but due to the atheism(lack of belief) I don’t spend much time factoring god into my moment to moment understanding of the world.
Must sleep now! Good night, Jyvlo. Fun chat!!

Jyvlo Yipistage
Yep. It was good for me, too. I’m going to smoke! Lol! Good night.


Hi Brendhain.


(me initiating a conversation)





I am occupied at the moment, Busy day today!



Jyvlo Yipistage


No problem. Ttyl




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Did u recently write a review of Peter Rollins new book ‘The Idolatry of God’?








Jyvlo Yipistage


Hahahaha!! There’s a review on amazon – talks about zombies





Can you send me the link?



Jyvlo Yipistage



The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction


You can’t be satisfied. Life is difficult. You don’t know the secret. Whether readers are devout believers or distant seekers, The Idolatry of God shows that we must lay down our certainties and honestly admit our doubts to identify with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist …



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Just scroll down. Its the third review I think.




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Uh u know I was kidding right? It was just ironic to see the same analogy u had used.






Sorry for the slow reply. I was out on the town last night.


Tht was funny(zombies)! Nice to know tht I am not the only one who notices the way some people are!


I am doing a blog. I am taking dialogues tht I have with friends and putting them up. Of coarse, names and other details will be twisted around so as to throw people off as to who the ‘other’ people are. I put up the dialogue we had about my relationship with god. Can you read it and tell me if you are cool with it?! If there is anything specific about it you are unhappy with then tell me so I can understand how you see it! Go to: Brendhain.com



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A lil heads up that our conversation was going to be public would have been nice. Haven’t had a chance to look at it yet





I made changes so i isn’t identifiable. Sorry for not telling you first. I thought we had such a great conversation and I have wanted to document conversations that I have with people. the idea is mainly to collect these conversations.


I hope you can over look that I din’t tell you first. If you object to anything then let me know. I will be happy to adjust things so that you are happy with it! My aim is for the other people in the dialoques to be unidentifiable. Your “name” in it was fun! I took “the reasonable believer” translated it into Greek and then wrote it phonetically in a mix of Swedish, English and French pronunciation rules! I hope you see the name as a complement, because that was my indent!



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I didn’t read through it in detail. The only thing I object to is what I assumed to be a conversation between two friends being made into a public forum..





so it offends a principle tht you have. as apoosed to the content itself offending you?!



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For me, Principles are a trap. Even you have said that no one hasn’t broken at least one of the 10 commandmenst. Of the billions of christians who have ever lived (perhaps excluding JC!) no one has ever been able to follow the basic 10 rules handed down thru from the Jews. So, makes one think that perhaps these are actually Guiding Rules to follow tht will get you thru most all situations in life. Then there is the 1-5% of the time that you have to make another choice. Sometimes a truely harmless lie can spare someone great needless pain. So you hold the truth inside of you and You take the pain of the lie. If shooting that crazy idiot who shot 20 kids would have spared those children then clearly killing can be the best choice. Think about the wars in the old testament when god clearly helped in the killing. Principles are not universal. In this case, I am using our dialogue (which I respect and cherish) to explain my personal philosphy. It was a common method in Ancent Greece to write in Dialogues. That is all that Plato/Socrates did. Our conversations look like and sound like a dialogue written by Plato, only with modern language and references. I am a philosopher, Vicki. I have a degree in it. What you hear from me in our conversations is My Philosophy. I am heavily influenced by Plato/Socrates and I philosophize in a Dialogue form. I am publishing my philosophy and you help me to think in a special way. You are very helpful to me! I like the way I think when we talk! And we are so good at it.:-)  If you pay attention to us talking to each other then you will see how wonderful and open our conversations are. We are a great example to others! Look how we handle/communicate our “conflct/missunderstanding” about me not showing you appreciation and attention in the right way. That is brilliant! It is so good it almost seems fake!! When I read it, it seems so contrived! But is was spontaneous between the two of us! Very Cool! there is nothing wrong with sharing us as an example of how people can communicate!





I have been nagged by lots of people, including 2 Ivy league professors!! (sic) That I should write a book. And I started but it was about the past and I don’t want to write about the past. I want to write about The Now. If the past comes up then that is natural and expected. I didn’t know where to start, I study and think about so much it is insane! Then I realized that I am writing my philosophy every day on the internet. I didn’t know how to collect it all then I ran into WordPress.com and I figure it out. That was 2 or 3 months ago. I didn’t feel inspired to actually get off my ass and figure out how to do it. I don’t like learning new stuff on the computer. I am very unpracticed……… Then we had our conversation the other day and when I reread it the next day I was inspired. So I acted on it! That is where I am coming from. If you want then I will change the dialogue that comes from you but my content is my philosophy and I would appreciate being able to at least publish my part of the discussions so I can record my philosophy. Now how is that for an honest answer?! ;-p



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Though not by ivy league professors, I too have been told I should write a book. I don’t mind you including what I say in your blog…now that I know about it…It pisses me off that you would do it without first asking me. My silence over the last couple of hours has been becuase I don’t like to discuss things when I’m angry. During that time, I reflected on some things you and I have discussed such as no one living up to principles all the time as you also mentioned. So I won’t hold you to that expectation of always doing things 100%. You must also realize that doesn’t eliminate consequences that naturally arise from such situations such as my anger and feeling somewhat betrayed in a sense. So anyway, feel free to include whatever I say as long as you don’t change it in ANY way. They are my words. And why would I be pissed off by the content?? As I said, I didn’t read it in detail…should I? Did you make significant changes to it? Or were you referring to the content of the conversation you had prior to ours with someone else?





I appreciate the energy it takes from you to deal with the effects of my error. I am sorry that you are having to deal with anger. I haven’t told any of my friends (except Negus Maximums and Plato) I made nearly zero changes to our dialogue. I make little changes so it is unclear as to who you are. Naturally I will adjust or omit anything that shouldn’t be public. do you want to proof read all of the ones from our discussion before I post them?! Plus, I can turn off the comment function. I planned to leave it on unless it attracts idiots, in which case I would turn off all “comment” functions on All of my dialogues. I really don’t care what an asshole who is so unhappy in his life that he/she has to spread their  hate out to other people. I am happy to help someone like that but I am not going to put up with his crap, and that goes for his bitch wife, too!


Oh, I will do spell check. Don’t worry, mine requires so much more correction than yours does!! ;-p



Jyvlo Yipistage


Spell check is good. If you are taking directly from our conversations I see no need to proofread or approve prior to publishing. Just let me know when u do post one of our talks. Id like to view comments.


Adjusting or omitting personal details is good too



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..sounds like someone in particular hurt u pretty bad..





from what?! the way Negus Maximus (NM) and I were talking?



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No I didn’t really read that. Barely skimmed it. I meant your remark about the comment function on your blog


I prob misinterpreted it. Nevermind.





No! I meant idiots on the internet, Trolls out Trolling on the internet just making provocateur statements and just to upset other people’s fun. Being provocative with  interesting discussions for a positive effect  is welcome but I have little patience for Trolls(bullies/mobbare). If they want to take me on then they will need to invite me over to their site. I am more than happy to give them Home Court Advantage because that will be the only advantage they will have so I might as well allow them to have at least that much protection!! Any and All subject areas are welcome! I would love to learn a shit load more about a new subject but they should know that within a day I will know enough so that I can toy with them. And if we are still going at it after a week then they can Know that I am just Toying With Them!



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Hm. Very comforting since we’ve been batting this subject around for idk.. Couple months at least.


Enjoy the rest of your evening. I’ve got some things I need to take care of.





You have really helped me see religion in a different light! I don’t feel like we are battling! We are exploring the idea of spiritualality not filled with hypocracy as I always run into. You are the example of how christians should be! It isn’t an easy life. No life is easy. I know that intimately. But is serves a positive purpose in your life. Isn’t that what the good stuff in life does?! You are caring and compassionate for others. You grant others your same right to have Your perspective so they get to enjoy Theirs un-attacked. That is very cool! That is what Jesus would Do! So I am happy with that. He was a great teacher. Slow down the negative emotions and em-brass joy! I teach the same! He had some other good things to say, too!

I have always loved one part of the Old Testament when it says that It is better to spill your seed on the belly of a whore than to spill it on the ground! I have never done that but it is good to know that I have that option and the Big G would be cool with that!! ;-p



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I said BATTING not batt-L-ing! And omg u def have an interesting way of using scripture to your own benefit!! Lol ill have to dig that verse up as I can’t recall the exact wording





Oh, My dear. I was always bored out of my mind during church each Sunday but how my little ears did perk up when that subject came around!! that one and one about how it was bad to “Have Sex with Yourself”! I couldn’t figure out how to do that but I was very excited that it was an option!! ;-p Turned out that I had already been doing it for years. Big disapppointment!



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True story! I was 11 or 12.





Lets hope twelve!! The church was a sex den to me, but not in the unfortunate way most people think of it now a days. I was defending the churches against some of my brother’s anger. They had my grandfather paying out 30% of his income to the church in the end. To me he was a kind and extremely generous to everyone kind of a man. But he must have been carrying something to have given him all of that guilt. he worked until he was 86 as a lawyer in NYC. Rediculous amount of money. Plus, one of My Brother’s ex girlfriends went church crazy after pressure from her family. Crazies!





I must sleep! Good evening to you, My Fair Lady!



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The emotional manipulation and guilt-inducing messages of some churches are ridiculous. Some institutionalized churches prey upon people when they are at their lowest points in life. Its reprehensible. Its the total opposite of Jesus’ teachings. It’s my belief based on examples in scripture that church was never meant to be institutionalized with professional full-time pastors. It was meant rather, to be an organic gathering of believers who used their natural abilities to assist one another with life’s hardships.


Individuals will do lots of strange things to alleviate their own personal guilt. The sad thing is that most guilt is based upon principles or guidelines or a perceived standard one feels they have to live up to. As you said earlier, remove that standard of behavior and the guilt disappears. Life is hard enough without people and institutions preying upon each other and being totally self-serving.


I know you are probably in bed now, but I had the opportunity to respond in a more in-depth way than I normal and other responsibilities. btw The ‘My Fair Lady’ reference was not lost on me. Could be taken in a variety of ways – compliment or patronization.






It is your choice to interpret me how you will!





I trust you!





Plus, what do you think about Your name I gave you?!



Jyvlo Yipistage


Reasonable believer? I like it.. Lots. Isaiah 1:18 says ‘come now let us reason together…’ Matthew 22:37 says Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’



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