God is working miracles
Jesus H. Christ
You're going to hell
The Good Lord
The good book
The holy word
Good is God
Lord Have mercy
Father forgive me
I'm going to pray over it/you
"Im not dealing with "this" i'm turning over to Jesus/God/the lord)"
All praises be to God/Jesus
I didnt do it God/Jesus did iy
*my favorite "make you're all prayed up" what the fuck is that? get the fuck out of my face
In God we trust (all others pay cash)
God/Jesus is the head of my life
all praise be to God
I don't feel offended. I don't see it as proselytizing or anything like that. I just see it as people trying to be polite. The phrase has become a part of our society's vocabulary and I don't think that most people even think about it as being a religious phrase anymore. It has just become what you say when someone sneezes. I think if we get upset at people saying "Bless you" when we sneeze then we are just contributing to the "angry atheist" myth that so many Christians believe.
I "slipped" and said Bless you to a coworked and he did that "Ah-Ha" *pointing finger at me* I told him to "Fuck off, its a part of the culture". He got a big laugh out of it! Ever since then, I have been carefull to not say that.
I'm in agreement with Aric. I'm willing to bet an overwhelming majority of folks don't even stop to think about what it is they are saying when it comes to such cliches or 'social commentary'. Most people probably think it would be rude to say nothing at all.
When I hear someone sneeze, I ask them 'are you catching cold?'