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Sometimes I think we atheists/agnostics put just a bit too much importance on some "religious" words.

Words like: Thankful, luck, blessed, amen.

I made a comment today that I was so lucky to get out of work in time to see the game.

A fellow nonbeliever seemed to get triggered over my word choice and went on and on and ON over there is no such thing as luck and that I sounded like a believer...blah, blah, blah.

After he exhausted himself talking, I asked him if he felt better and then told him, "Dude, you know me. You know I do not believe in the wooo hooo shit so you know it was just me saying I was glad to be able to leave. Next time you do something silly and I call you a son of a bitch, are you going to want to fight me for insulting your mom? No, because you can use common sense...most of the time."

He pouted in the corner with his beer the rest of the time I was there. insert eye roll

I see atheists do it all the time though. Someone says bless you and they get triggered. Someone says have a blessed day, they get triggered. Someone says they are thankful...triggered.

I wish I had so little things in my life to worry about that I could mount a crusade every time someone used a word I thought might be used as a "religious" word.

Bless all their little hearts. πŸ˜€

Crimson67 8 July 11

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Thank god someone else agrees on this.

Jnei Level 8 July 11, 2018



When did religion claim the words thankful and luck? New one to me.

powder Level 8 July 12, 2018

Ya, new to me too.
I can be thankful that someone helped me fix my car.
I can feel lucky that someone passed by, saw me in the ditch, and stopped to help with my car.
neither have anything to do with god.


You can bless somebody without it having a religious connotation. You can be thankful without it being religious too. I agree with you some people misinterpret words.


I will admit to getting a little skitchy over the word "blessed" depending on the context, but it's certainly not worth pouting over. "Luck" has nothing to do with religion. Most religions are anti-luck. Everything happens for a reason and all that jazz.


I do enjoy a good blaspheme. πŸ˜‰


In my opinion, luck plays a major roll in everyone's life. Luck is just a word to describe some phenomenon. It is just a random event the happens to be in your favor at any given time and bad luck not in your favor.
I never get my self in a stupor over what words someone chooses to use.


Half of those words, except for bless you and amen, are words that have meaning outside of religion. Luck is not mystical, in fact most religious people don't like the word since it implies that God was not involved. As for thankful, you can be thankful without a deity. I am thankful for the life I have had, for my family being healthy and happy, for the love I have shared, even the though they didn't work out long term. I am thankful for the experience.


Unless someone starts thumping a bible in my face or if their faith is causing harm to others I'm ok with them and their delusions.

I use the word "luck" as a simple one-word figure of speech describing an advantageous coincidence.





The idioms that I use in my adult life are merely thoughtless parts of my vocabulary. I use them to express emotion in a context most people can relate to, but are not meant to be literal.
For instance, Things like β€œGood God...”, and β€œI hope and pray that...” sound religious. However I never consider them to be. In my head it’s just more polite than saying Fuck all the time. LOL

I say, "Jeeeesus" all the time.


I agree with you 100% - too many fragile egos.


We acquire certain phrases and sayings through what's best described as mimicry. They take on a mutually understood meaning regardless of the original context they come from. So 'thank god' is an inherited gesture meaning roughly 'I'm glad that' etc. There's no implied religious overtones in any such commonly used phrase. It's pointless trying to fight such usage, we'll all slip up eventually if the phrases are in our lingual repertoire. The only time when I'd think it was worth considering your choice of words is when speaking to someone with a very poor grasp of your language, or even using any method of translation. In this case the intended usage of the words is easily lost. This can also sometimes apply to different regional dialects of the same language. Sorry to go on about it, I love shit about language ?

Salo Level 7 July 11, 2018

Next time tell him to go to a casino and study the odds regarding serendipity. πŸ˜‰ There is a whole non religious industry based on that word.


What a puerile thing to be triggered by! It sounds as if your friend is very insecure in his atheism.

Strabo Level 6 July 11, 2018

I see luck as just chance events occurring in what is perceived to be your favour, doesn't have to be the result of divine intervention.

I had been taught that luck is when preparation meets opportunity.


I don’t worry about using religious buzzwords anymore. Any time I get grief from someone about that kind of thing I just like to point out that since I’m a non-believer I can blaspheme all I want.

Amen brother...oops, see what I did there?


I'm very particular about the words I use as words have meaning. I don't use words like miracle or say bless you when someone sneezes. Luck, however is separate from the theological words. As being fortunate because of circumstances can be logically understood. I replace the word god with deities when discussing the topic with my patients. I use the plural rather than the singular to make a distinct point.


You handled that very well...good for you!


Crusade? You used the word 'crusade'. What the hell is wrong with you, man? You sound like some kind of believer twit or something. This here is an agnostic/atheist site by god. We don't use language like that around here. We is ... sophisticamated. By god, if I hear language like that around here again coming from you, you'll be wishing to Jeeezusss you hadn't. You could go to atheist hell for that.

...boy once you get started!!!!

@Freedompath -- Just getting warmed up.


I generally say thank you and be on my way.


My child's mother/kind of girlfriend gives me shit all the time for using the phrase "that's karma" cause she knows I don't believe in literal karma. She does.

Aside from that, I haven't really had anyone give me much grief over using phrases typically tied to believers when they know I am a non-believer. The only one I can think of that I don't ever use is 'amen'.

Religion ruined enough in the world, I'm not going to let it ruin words that aren't exclusive to it. Same with free will. I believe humans and animals have free will, from a biological stand point. I see a lot of atheists who are so against free will that they won't even entertain the idea of it from a biological, evolutionary aspect. It's because the Abrahamic religions absorbed the concept of free will and tried to make it their own. I still participate in holidays because once again, most that are deemed religious weren't created by religion but absorbed by religion.

@Crimson67 my belief about Karma, differs from the way that you mean, β€˜karma.’ (I think). What you give out comes back to you, because it is a β€˜state of consciousness.’ Our consciousness works in both draws in to us and sends out from us...from the same beliefs that we hold in our own consciousness!


Bless their pea-pickin' hearts. I've had discussions along those lines before as well. There are a lot of words that some seem to run away with. I mark them down as baby atheist. They enjoy talking about churches and religions because they are still very close, in that they haven't gotten it all sorted out in their heads.


Yeah, I'd hate to start sounding like a vegan/vegetarian. No offense but you all too... my god (see what I did there)! Ok already - if you don't like us eating meat why do you want a vegan hamburger? I haven't had a banana in three years... BTW

I still say, bless you when someone sneezes. Thankful for your post, good luck not pissing someone off and we are blessed to have you in the group...

Gyanez Level 6 July 13, 2018

I wish I had the luck to worry about something so trivial, have a nice day! (Unless you have other plans.)


Only when I read blessed or have a blessed day but I think it's more to do with the way I read it bless-ed . I do not do anything about it just get internally miffed otherwise I just ignore people

Simon1 Level 7 July 12, 2018
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