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!
I think you should start a new atheist tradition of ritualized passive agressive "hoping" and "remembering" before each meal. It could be thirty seconds of what you wish they would understand about faith/science/reason/etc.
"Your son is a blessing from God!"
God never gives you more than you can handle...to which I say to say that to all the families who have lost loved ones to suicide each day. Then they proceed to criticize the person who committed suicide. That really pisses me off.
How about the reply you inevitably get whenever you reveal your non-belief: "Then, what DO you believe in?"
It just perfectly encapsulates the gulf separating the rational and the religious worldviews. There are so many built-in assumptions: that you must believe in something in order to "get out of bed in the morning" or to be moral or to be happy (Daniel Dennett's "believing in belief"); that nobody is really an atheist (that they all believe in some kind of higher power, but just say they're an atheist to sound edgy or cool); that if you claim you don't believe in God then you most likely fall under some other category like "Buddhist" or "Wiccan"; that it's irrational to be a materialist because obviously immaterial things exist.
Of course, people generally don't consider the following: I can believe solely in what it's rational to believe in and still live my everyday life as normal (strangely, unless your whole life is wrapped up in your church, surprising little changes when you lose your religion); plenty of people are honestly, truly atheists, including very many exceptionally brilliant people, and most are so because they've rigorously thought it out; that atheists also reject and have little regard for other supernatural belief systems like Buddhism and Wicca; that most things you think of as "immaterial" are simply metaphors for certain kinds of higher-order mental concepts, existing in the human brain, and which are therefore fundamentally material just like everything else. All of this is the kind of stuff most religious people never think about, having been raised a certain way and mailing it in after that.
Thanks Morgan. It's been awhile since I had a post featured ;)
Michelle, I don't get the ggggus part of the plate.
Other annoyances (than already listed, and especially the "bless you" for sneezing, and unwanted prayers):
- People who get the best treatment money can buy in a hospital, and then were cured "by god". Well, the next time you want to get healed by your god, why don't you let the hospitals and doctors for the people who want to be cured by medicine. If a brain surgeon fixed your body, a brain surgeon fixed your body, and no imaginary friend.
- "Oh my god..." in random talk it annoys a bit, but when it's in bed it's even more annoying. Especially if one's having sex with a non-believer. Invent something else... 'fsck yea', or 'oh my science' - I don't need anyone to talk to or about an imaginary sex while I have sex with them.
- "god's will" - your will, and not that of an imaginary angry old middle-eastern dude
- "shalam" type things each Friday and/or Saturday (even when every weekend on some people's walls). My natural instincts want to scream "salaam" as a response.
I say "oh my God" now, and it's partially because it's considered sacrilegious. I spent my whole childhood and early 20s avoiding saying God's name "in vain", so for me it's just another form of liberation. Keep that in mind when you hear people say it! Just know they're disrespecting their own imaginary friend. :)
Cara, every prayer they say is in vain ;-)
Indeed it is, Dogly. But they don't know that. It's all about intent here. They're supposed to pray, and they're not supposed to use God's name in vain. If they stop praying and go around saying "Oh my God", they're undermining their own beliefs.
But yes, it's all just pointless. My only point is... I can say what I want :D
Actually, God is not his name. Calling him God came from the Jewish practice of not saying his name in vain. The only time it was allowed in many sects of Judaism was inside the the Tent of Meeting. Only priests were allowed there... Anyhow, they used the word Adonai meaning Lord in place of Yahweh which is his name. If you want to be sacrilegious then say his actual name casually, but people may just look at you funny.