Do you think it's hypocritical when......

Do you think it is hypocritical when a non-religious person uses phrases like "Oh my god" or "Swear to god"? I'm agnostic, but I say phrases like this all the time. And I guess I do feel a little hypocritical, but I grew up hearing these phrases and they stuck with me. Even though my religious views changed.

Anyway, I was just wondering what everyones opions were. And I hope that we can all be adults and respect everyone's views.

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14 replies since 19th February 2011 • Last reply 19th February 2011

I know exactly what you mean. You get so used to hearing the expressions that they become just meaningless figures of speech.
A friend of mine realised that he didn't believe in god and still says for gods sake and then says "whom I don't believe in but I can't think of anything else to say" lol.
I don't think it's hypocritical, the expressions have passed into everyday language now.

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That's funny. I'm glad I'm not the only one like that.

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Being Pagan we have a lord and lady. It doesn't sound right if we try to merge sayings..Lol.

One of the weird things I found out was that 'crikey' which used to be said a lot means 'christ kill me'!

So many words have passed into every day language, like Laurel said, that the people who want political correctness are having a great time letting us know that we are saying things wrong.

I look at it more as people chose to express themselves in what ever way they want to. Language changes over time and so do the meanings of words. Gay, fruit cake, wicked and bad to name a few. I am more concerned about peoples actions rather than how they choose to communicate Happy

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There's a lovely part in Anne of Green Gables where she's off at college and is looking to rent a house with her two friends and she said she "loved" something to an old woman and the old woman asked if she really loved it or if she was just throwing out that word like so many young girls did. That always stuck with me after reading that and I've been super careful about when I say I "love" or "hate" anything ever since.

But it is true that some of these sayings become part of our culture and people throw out phrases without second thought. We all do it and many of us without even thinking once about it. I wouldn’t take offense to it- although I’m sure there are religious people out there who would take offense to it.

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The expression "strewth" is a contraction of "god's truth" Happy

Pink Weeds it's true what you say about the word love, people do fling it around very readily. Also people are very fond of saying "I lost the will to live" when bored or "I could have died" when they are merely embarrassed. I'm guilty of it myself, but when things become everyday you no more think about them than you do breathing.
I haven't come across anybody taking offence at a "for god's sake", I think you would have to be extremely Puritanical to do so. I could be wrong thoughHappy

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I find it funny because they tell everyone else that they're going to hell for not believing in their god, and yet what they do when saying "oh my god" is blasphemy, which is a sin. Oh the irony xD

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Rawr. Rawr. I find that extremely funny. I also love the religious people who are so quick to judge when the bible says "Judge not, lest ye be judged" I think some people need to read their own material again.

But I'm very glad that I'm not the only person who is like this. Everyone I know is either religious or they don't use the phrases as often as I do.

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I think mostly those phrases that we just fling out without thought or without even meaning what we're saying are pretty cliche' phrases anymore. But its all part of our culture. Whats funny is that a lot of those terms and phrases are slang. Our 19th C ancestors would roll at the words we say. Very improper and unlady-like.

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I personally don't use the expression, but I don't take offense at it either. I am religious and was raised understanding exactly what the phrase meant. I am aware that to most people it is just an expression, and they don't mean to purposely offend anyone so I just ignore it.

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I am from newfoundland and a common phrase is thats a sin.

I don't use it alot, but I grew up with people saying it

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Im a christain, and to me when people say those pharase, its just their way of showing they have no God.Not offensive to me..
Each person will go and do their own thing, in thier own way , just like their speach.

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Im a christain, and to me when people say those pharase, its just their way of showing they have no God.Not offensive to me..
Each person will go and do their own thing, in thier own way , just like their speach.

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I grew up in a very up tight conservative pentacostal upbringing heres just a list of what they think will send you straight to hell:

Saying "Oh my God" or even "Oh my gosh!"
Men having long hair and women having short hair
Wearing makeup, jewelry
Women can't wear jeans, they have to wear skirts
No piercings, no tattoos and you can't color your hair
It's a sin to go the movies or any "entertainment" event
Absolutely no affection towards the opposite sex
Its a sin to mourn somebody


And the preacher had the nerve to tell me that I was going to hell because I got my hair cut short and had a perm.... Keep in mind I was in third grade....

Religion in general can piss me off sometimes because it seems to me that far too many people preach, but don't listen to their own words. That or they "hide" behind their religion. Like my Grandma told me this "I'm kicking you out because GOD told me to"... yeah. Grandma just wanted to be alone with her boyfriend and not feel guilty about me living with her too..

I know not everyone is like this, I just hate how a lot of people I have known or been in contact with is. I mean, in most religions you aren't supposed to judge others and yet they sit and point fingers condemning everyone. Sorryy guys. It's just a rant Happy

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Who cares? It's speach, you're not running over the bible with your car or burning a figuring of christ on a cross. so why should I be offended?

blahblahblah "using lords name in vain" read correctly it's saying not to call yourself god, or someone else god.... and you're not doing that. You making an exclamation or a mini prayer! It's a phrase that is intertwined with todays society and used more often than not how it was meant to be said (I do not think it means what you think it means.)

some of my friends are athiest and use the phrase. they're not blashpheming, they're expressing an ingraned part of their mind.


of course I am one of "those christians" who thing that going to church doesn't make you christian, or as much so as going to the garage makes you a car.

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