Many people that don't believe in God feel as though they are judged harshly for their beliefs. It makes people defensive. We also tend to worry we are going to be preached to or that Christians will try to "convert" you. Stuff like that does happen often when you openly admit you don't believe.
Personally, I don't freak when the topic comes up. I feel everyone is entitled to their religious views and I will happily respect yours if you respect mine.
Because nobody sits the fence on the issue of God. People either passionately believe, or passionately don't. ;/
because god is the word.
paradox 2 and i have only just started.
although some people think grease is the word (im not buying it frankie!)
When I joined AA, like so many others I recoiled when I heard the word god spoken. While I've always believed there was a power greater than myself at work in the universe; a walk on the beach tells me this is so; I did not believe that power had anything to do with my life.
I have since found the spiritual god of my understanding and I now understand that I did not know who or what god is and I was recoiling not at the concept of god, but from the religious god of my youth.
It is only DOG backwards
Sorry could not resist it, but I do not understand why people get so strange when you mention the word I have feeling it is the BIGGEST CON ever though, just think about it people have been for a very long time been giving money for something that nobody has ever seen or can prove to actually exist
I am neither anti nor pro just prefer not to get involved with it at all, too many people distort it for their own purposes regardless of which religion it is
I like the paper though can get many nice things with it
I don't. It is just a label that humans put on things that has little or no foundation in reality. People can say god to me until they are as blue as a Hindu deity and it won't bother me.
because they are paranoid and they think the worst like you're going to preach to them or teach them things from an Ungodly book , its gotten to the point where you must be careful who you open up with about God , there are a lot of hurt people out there too , thinking God has abandoned them , ugh ! Plus they want indisputable Proof that God even exists , thats an tough one or impossible to provide except by word of truth from another's experiences in God
because it's been abused for millennia
Depends. Are you taking their cookies from them at the same time?
Because you forgot the o,hahaha
Ok,it wasn't funny don't worry about it.
Because you're taking that name in vain.
How do you take a name in vain?
To be honest i dont know.
it means you use it lightly, and without respect - blaspheming is essentially the origin of all profanity
just think on the root of profanity - profane
i wasn't inferring anything about your usage, just couldn't resist explanation
You talk about people being bent out of shape with the word God. Have you seen how people react to the word Allah.
I think it means to use a name without any intention of addressing the person, therefore it would be in vain. But what would be the fun in that? ;)
Vain (adj.) - Producing no result. So if you're using a name with no intended result, you'd be using it in vain. This apparently happens to be offensive to people of religion.
i'd be careful of reading too much into the simple dictionary meaning of 'vain' here - don't forget this line has been taken from ancient texts and translated through about four languages
if you want to get into the simple phenomenology of blasphemy it goes to the idea that reality shouldn't be reduced, and because the name of God stands for all of reality, to speak that name is to reduce reality to something banal and token - it's not actually that stupid, and is why even today smart faithful don't use the word a lot
at least not outside of circles of rapport where they know they won't be misunderstood
There is a reason why people don't speak Old English anymore; language usage changes with the times. If people are using an outdated saying, they should expect the possibility of the meaning being somewhat lost in translation.
yeah, well, this is one of reasons why religion is so hard to understand, and why i neither take it as literal truth, nor disregard it as naive fantasy