Oh my God! .. I’ve just realised that religion and language have been so intertwined over the centuries that oft-repeated phrases become problematical for those of us who have concluded that GOD (as we understand Him through the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religions) does not exist.
What in God’s name are we going to do about it? Invent new phrases, or be comfortable in the knowledge that everyone uses them without actually thinking?
Jesus!! .. it’s difficult! God only knows how it’s all going to turn out. But surely, being able to use words and phrases that might cause offence to some people is my God-given right?!
Lord knows, even the ghastly 21st century manifestation, “Text-speak” (which is surely the spawn of the Devil) does not make things any easier for the atheist .. OMG !
For God’s sake help me out here. But don’t leave troll-like comments, or you can just go to Hell. I sometimes think that internet “trolls” are people who have the misfortune to live in God-forsaken towns and just feel compelled to give everybody else Hell.
Good God! .. is that the time? I must get to the end of this soon. (“Thank Heaven for that!” did I hear you cry?)
It’s even difficult for me to work out how politely take my leave of you, since the simple “goodbye” is a contraction of the 16th century (or thereabouts) God be with Ye.
So, as I sign off from God’s own country (Yorkshire) I hope you’ll remember me in your thoughts and prayers.
God bless .. and I’ll see you in my next Blog (God willing).