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...

  • When a religious person sees another who is down on his luck, or has had some tragedy, or is simply "not as good as" the religious person and they say, "There but for the grace of god go I". How pompous and sanctimonious, not to mention cruel and selfiish
  • Sports figures, actors, etc. who go through the histrionics of thanking god when something great happens to them. What, did god hate the other players/competitors?

You get the idea.


Can't wait to read your thoughts on this!

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As a child I was fascinated by religion. I went to every church with in walking or bus range. Read many versions of the Bible. Had a large collection of different Bibles.  Also read about the old religions with their many gods of different powers.  Hades is considered by most to be like the Biblical hell. Well it wasn't it was were you went when you died, good bad or indifferent. It just had different places for different  people. In your statement you say " how in the hell is that supposed to teach me" hell is a noun not a verb. If you believe  in a hell then what else do you believe in? A good atheist if that term can be used would not use hell in that contexts.

We all analyze that's what got us where we are. I've never thought of hell as being a slang term. Don't use the term myself but have certainly heard others use in mainly crude ways. I guess that if one uses it that way it may be classed as slang. Thanks for enlightening me.

so i ask: "isn't it strange that in the bible people heard so often god's voice, while nowadays god stopped to manifest himself to his believers?"

and i always get this answer: "it's because we are living in bad, selfish times: we are unable to hear god's voice".

don't you agree? :D

Well, now-a-days, if a person hears voices in their head, we have treatments available. Treatments bought to us through Science. No gods. No magic. Just science.

All they offer is annoying childish nonsense.

Hello Rob The different religions of the world may be based on varying factors that  are formulated by the way they survive. Being an atheist Is not a convection that all religions are bad It is a disbelief  in their religions.  I have friends that are religious and I never condemn  their belief. If you read some of the many religious text you will find that they have some wise comments to make. That does not make me believe in their God. Saying it is childish nonsense is nonsense. Most of the books were written by Intelligent people, because they have a belief does not detract from their wisdom.

They may be intelligent, but I can't help question why they let themselves drop all critical thinking and rationality when the subject of their religion is raised. If they're not rational regarding their religion, then why should I trust their rationality (and their intelligence) regarding anything else?

That's impossible to explain. I have meet very intelligent people who are religious. It makes no sense to me. I could be they were raised that way and it became a habit. Few people seem to try  and explain their beliefs. I don't think they think it need explaining. I don't think I've ever tried to explain why I'm an atheist because I don't think it needs explaining.

Ask them what they believe about God and why. And tell them why you don't believe in him.

I'm not sure if I'm out of line for feeling the way I do, but I'm borderline outraged at a few changes to one of the work related forums that I frequent.  A recently retired member has breached the subject of 'preaching the word' and offered his services as a board chaplain, much to the support of some of the board's members.

My immediate thought is: Why the hell do we need a board chaplain?  Nevertheless, I noticed that a few phrases used in support of it are what furthered my indignation.


1. "every one[sic] needs prayer"

2. "...if the help comes from ground level or above the clouds...I'd take it any way I could get it"

3. The belief that spirituality and religion should be given its own sub-forum, but should have a disclaimer that information within is "non-debatable".

4. "I think it's good to believe in something positive."

Who knows, maybe the topic will be settled with the board owner's suggestion that the member simply proselytize from his forum signature.


Religion, y u have to be everywhere?

3. The belief that spirituality and religion should be given its own sub-forum, but should have a disclaimer that information within is "non-debatable".


Why not just mention on the forum that there is no god and that religion is stupid (or however you'd phrase that yourself)? After all, it's "non-debatable".


I have friends that would find it very debatable, Religion is not stupid to an atheist it is just irrational.


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