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It's a gift from GOD...

 
 
Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 06:18 am
...is a religious person's way of saying something like, "Knock on wood."

Both deserve to be called superstitions.

"She's 93 years old...has a clear mind and is in reasonably good health."

"It's a gift from GOD."

"Knock on wood."

Both work.

And neither should cause a big reaction...positive or negative...from others hearing either said.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 07:22 am
Would it make any difference if it was said;

"It's a spiritual thing."?

Having a sense of spirituality actually does something physically good for the body, we know that.

'Knocking on wood"is relying on luck.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 10:39 am
@PUNKEY,
You are assuming, incorrectly in my opinion, that "spiritual thing" is not relying on luck!
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George
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 11:46 am
All good software has a default option, why not life?

We can think of God as the default option:

When you feel thankful, but don't have anyone specific to thank,
you can say "Thank God".

When you need something, but there's no one to give it to you,
you can say "Please, God."

When you're totally wowed, but don't know who to credit,
you can say "Oh my God!"

When you're filled with regret but haven't offended anyone in particular,
you can say "God, forgive me."

You don't actually have to believe in God.
God can be a kind of placeholder.
Like Delaware.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 12:36 pm
@George,
No problem with that at all, George.

I certainly am not above an occasional, "Oh, god help us all."

In fact, I am more likely to invoke, "God almighty, do we have to go over that again"...than I am to say, "So far, so good...knock on wood."

In neither of those case do I mean to invoke a deity...but it makes (in your words) a decent place holder comment.
wandeljw
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 12:49 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Would you go as far as dismissing all of religion as primitive superstition?
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 12:59 pm
@wandeljw,
wandeljw wrote:

Would you go as far as dismissing all of religion as primitive superstition?


I could just say, YES, Wandel, but I prefer to reword to convey my "yes."

I consider (rather than "dismiss") all religion to be superstition (rather than "primitive" superstition)...even thought I acknowledge some religion might be "right."

I can say more about that, but I'd really like to hear what you say about my answer...and what you are getting at.

George
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 01:02 pm
Some "definition of terms" may be useful here.
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 01:27 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Frank Apisa wrote:

wandeljw wrote:

Would you go as far as dismissing all of religion as primitive superstition?


I could just say, YES, Wandel, but I prefer to reword to convey my "yes."

I consider (rather than "dismiss") all religion to be superstition (rather than "primitive" superstition)...even thought I acknowledge some religion might be "right."

I can say more about that, but I'd really like to hear what you say about my answer...and what you are getting at.


Sorry for my lack of clarity. I, personally, view all superstition as primitive. I also tend to view religious practices as primitive. Religious thought, on the other hand, is something that I often admire and take note of.
George
 
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Reply Thu 23 Apr, 2015 02:25 pm
@wandeljw,
Superstition is certainly a loaded term and, for most, implies the primitive.
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