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    I know this isn't really significant and I never make a big deal out of this in fellowship/church or anything but I'm just curious if anyone else finds "Christian language" cliché? I don't know exactly what it is, but whenever I read a tweet or have someone in a causal conversation mutter the words "to God be the glory" or something like it, I get this sense of...almost insecurity on their part, or something? Like honestly, does anyone think you are withholding glory from God or is your view of God such that you feel the need to verbalize these clichés to appease Him in some fashion? Don't get me wrong, I inwardly almost feel constant thankfulness to God and see Him as deserving of glory, absolutely. However, I am not one to verbalize these things, I find it, well, cliché and at times straight up a little annoying. Perhaps there is a genuine overflow of thankfulness in the heart of those who incessantly verbalize these things that they cannot contain themselves but it just strikes me as odd and makes me feel a bit awkward quite frankly.

    ...Yes "to God be the glory". I agree. Thanks for stating that.

    Is it just me?

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    There are Christian clichés that bug me but that isn't one of them. That phrase is much cooler in Latin though. Soli Deo Gloria!

    What does bug me is when "Christian-ese" words that seem natural to us are used in conversations with non-Christians and we forget that they may not understand what we mean by "repentance", "sanctified", etc.

    ETA: Now I have that hymn stuck in my head. To God be the glory, great things he hath done... And that's all I know of the lyrics.
    "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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    • #3
      I think "To God be the glory" annoys me because it almost appears as if the one speaking/writing it is assuming that somehow people are giving glory to him/her - "Oh yes-yes, I am quite amazing aren't I? Oh well, we ought to give the glory to God and not me...as hard as that is!" lol.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Scrawly View Post
        I think "To God be the glory" annoys me because it almost appears as if the one speaking/writing it is assuming that somehow people are giving glory to him/her - "Oh yes-yes, I am quite amazing aren't I? Oh well, we ought to give the glory to God and not me...as hard as that is!" lol.
        I think most people have the opposite problem, of not giving God enough credit
        "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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        • #5
          I hate "Have a bless day"... not blessED day, but a "bless day".
          That's what
          - She

          Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
          - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

          I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
          Stephen R. Donaldson

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
            I think most people have the opposite problem, of not giving God enough credit
            Perhaps it would appear that way if someone were to refrain from saying "To God be all the credit!", and that type of judgement should be disposed of.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bill the Cat View Post
              I hate "Have a bless day"... not blessED day, but a "bless day".
              Wow I've never heard that "Have a bless day"? Somehow I am associating that with "marijuana".

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Scrawly View Post
                Perhaps it would appear that way if someone were to refrain from saying "To God be all the credit!", and that type of judgement should be disposed of.
                I guess it depends on the context. If somebody is obviously trying to say it to look good, yeah, that's bad. One example I can think of that isn't so bad is in the introduction to the ESV Bible, where the translators describe what they did and finish by giving God all the credit.
                "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scrawly View Post
                  Wow I've never heard that "Have a bless day"? Somehow I am associating that with "marijuana".
                  Nah, it's mainly older black women.
                  That's what
                  - She

                  Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
                  - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

                  I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
                  Stephen R. Donaldson

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                  • #10
                    I don't know what the worst is, but "God told me the other day..." and its cognates rates as one of the top three grating things Christians say. God didn't speak to you, mate.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Manwë Súlimo View Post
                        That belongs in the screwball thread more than this one...
                        That's what
                        - She

                        Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
                        - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

                        I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
                        Stephen R. Donaldson

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Manwë Súlimo View Post
                          I don't know what the worst is, but "God told me the other day..." and its cognates rates as one of the top three grating things Christians say. God didn't speak to you, mate.
                          Yeah. Why would they think the creator of the Universe would bother talking to them? They sure aren't Moses.
                          If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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                          • #14
                            One of my all time favorites was "it was then that I walked the isle"... meaning "responded to the invitation to come to the altar".....

                            When I got to Wal-mart, I "walk the isle".
                            "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                              One of my all time favorites was "it was then that I walked the isle"... meaning "responded to the invitation to come to the altar".....

                              When I got to Wal-mart, I "walk the isle".
                              My Mother in Law works at her polling station on election day, and has for years claimed she was "working the polls"...
                              That's what
                              - She

                              Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
                              - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

                              I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
                              Stephen R. Donaldson

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