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!
1) I get a bit irked when people say something to the effect of "it was meant to be" or "god gave me this for a reason." I understand that it might mentally help them cope with something difficult in the moment and as just a phrase that you're used to saying it's harmless, but in the long run this mentality takes the place of critical thinking and problem-solving in order to prevent something similar happening again the future.
2) I find it intolerable the way that politicians flaunt god and religion as a badge in order to please the masses and boost their popularity (although the parodies that arise from such ridiculousness are often hilarious).
3) Last but not least, I get really frustrated when xians "demonize" other people both religious or nonreligious for essentially existing and wanting an equal chance to display and see messages that they relate to (Have you heard about Santa Monica?). "That is the devil's work," "They're trying to take my faith away from me." Why is your faith so weak that taking a nativity scene down from a court house or a public park shakes it?
This is because others don't follow the Book. It says :"love in DEED not in word."I am a believer,but over the years I have tried to help others (my co.does the same thing) regardless of their backgrounds if I was/am able to do so.Who needs 'words' when they could use some help from a fellow human being?
God works in mysterious ways. or.... God doesn't believe in you either. or.... God is an energy that is in everything....LOL....wtf? are you effing kidding me?!
When someone dies, particularly if it's a violent death or one that was painful, "It was God's will." or "God has taken them back."
Really? So it was God's will to cause them immense suffering before they died? What kind of "loving" God would do that to someone?
For me, there isn't any particular phrase (although 'My prayer's are with you' and related sentiments often make me laugh) that bothers me, but responses to my position in religious discussions. Apparently being an atheist means my position can be dismissed because I don't believe in religion...
A lot of things they say annoy me, but one that really got on my nerves was a christian friend who told me:
"I can't believe you are an atheist, you are such a good person. You should go to church with us (her friends) you would be such a great christian!"
Many of the saying I see here aren't actually prayers or blessings, they are phrases that we used to express ourselves, very much like "gesundheit" has its origins in the Germanic language "bless you" has its origins in Religion. At least from my stand point...
I'm a devout atheist and I still say "bless you" and reference god and his son when I talk (ie: thank god; oh god, what the hell is wrong with you; JESUS CHRIST, what was that?).
Christianity has been a part of our culture for so long its a part of our language, I know many atheists who will say hell or will damn someone yet no one bats an eye.
Years from now when (hopefully) religion is at least mostly weeded out of society kids will ask "Why did dad say god? what is god?" and the parents will have to say "ask your history teacher, I have no clue"
God is Love and Love is God
From the buybull, I hate "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."
The most contemptible, primarily because it is an excellent justification for religion if believed, is: "without religion, people would not be moral".
A good response might be: "Without religion, the twin towers would still be standing."