We've had countless discussions on here about the religious colloquialisms and sayings that others say that we tolerate (e.g. many don't mind something like, ("I hope you get better soon - I'll pray for you", or something as simple as "bless you" after a sneeze). But what about the other end of the spectrum?
What are the xian, or religious for that matter, sayings that drive you crazy or get under your skin? For instance, here are a couple of mine...
You get the idea.
Can't wait to read your thoughts on this!
Recently I was in a car accident on the highway that could have been very serious. Thankfully no one was hurt. The response from my mom was that "God was watching out for me."
You think god could have maybe prevented the accident in the first place? What about the six other people who have died in the past two months on the same stretch of highway? Did god not give a damn about them?
"God works in mysterious ways"
I've pointed out many times that their supposedly omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnibenevolent big-guy-in-the-sky always seems to get there too late to have any real effect, much less impact on the problem at hand, be it a wreck, crash, or assassination.
For this problem I always turn to greater words than mine, like Epicurus, and I quote;
'Nuff said me thinks..
"I'll pray for you."
This makes me cringe. It makes the person who says it feel like "Heh, I win! I'm practicing my religion and there's nothing you can do about it, dirty heathen!" It's always in a condescending manner, and rather than actually DOING something, they feel victorious by doing absolutely nothing.
Or perhaps, "Well, when you die, you'll have to face GOD and we'll see how sure you are then when you're in HELL!"
This feels childish, almost like a little kid saying, "Wait until I get my Daddy! Then you'll be sorry!"
Today a xtian advised me that my life had no meaning without (his) god. In *front* of people. My consolation is after he left the consensus was he looked like a complete ass. Really, anything they say regarding their religion grates my nerves.
The only thing that bothers me more than "I'll pray for you" is people asking me to pray for whatever it is they think I should be praying for! I'll get right on doing nothing, as that's the same thing.
A lot of people I have to speak to through for work end a conversation with "God Bless!" .... I never know how to answer, so I just leave it hanging there. I'm hoping, perhaps with futility, that the silence will make some of them uncomfortable enough to not assume this is appropriate.
When I am blessed by someone, I begin a long, long blessing of my own. "May the goddess of the oak tree spread her protecting limbs over you, may she shade you from the sun. May she feed your squirrel friends. May her acorns land on your head. May ............." Especially good when blessed by a grocery store clerk and there is a long line after me. When someone complains, I say, "If you will keep your religious opinions to yourself, so will I." I know this is not the same as saying I am an atheist, but it better illustrates how annoying having another's prayers foisted on me is.
"Today a xtian advised me that my life had no meaning without (his) god"
Actually, I think it's a bit sad that people "need" a "god" for life to have "meaning." Why can't life have meaning simply "because?" Isn't there enough beauty, wonder, etc., without a god or religion? I know there is for me.
@Ron - I hope you told him/her that!
There are a lot of replies here and I'm too tired to read 20 pages of them to see if this has already been said, but Christians who say they hate religion (on the deluded basis that it's a "personal relationship", not a religion). This goes hand in hand with my inability to stand the use of words the speaker has no inkling of the definition of.
Having people say they'll pray for me is sort of annoying but it's so much worse when they ask if I want them to. No, I don't want you to waste your time whispering to a deity I don't believe in. If you want to actually help me, do something to help me.
Hey, Diz - it's been a long while - how have you been?
When people ask me "Why do you hate God"? I like to answer "I do not like Totalitarian Dictatorships", or Total Dic for short.
Totalitarianism: Form of government that theoretically permits no individual freedom and that seeks to subordinate all aspects of the individual’s life to the authority of the government (or leader).
Dictatorship: Form of government in which one person or a small group possesses absolute power without effective constitutional limitations.
Close enough for me!!!
That is, if God existed.
I might say "I don't hate god. But define "god"" - imo, it all goes downhill to the valley of nonsense from there.
Even though it helps people, I feel weird when people say they're here for a reason or their prayers were answered. They thank gods instead of doctors or scientists or farmers. And why should a god alter the balance of the entire world to give you the right conditions, like good weather or a sports team winning? Surely, someone else prayed for the other team or prayed for rain. Why didn't theirs get answered?
I just don't think people are special enough to warrant changing the whole world.