Reasoning behind no "God Bless You!" when sneezing

by kristyann 14 Replies latest jw friends

  • ozziepost

    Spot on, Stilla!

    That nursery rhyme harkens back to the time of the plague and describes it from a child's point of view.

  • Super_Becka

    Hmm, I say "bless you" every time someone sneezes, and I say it to my JW boyfriend when he sneezes, and he never complains about it. Now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure he says it to me when I sneeze, too. Then again, he's a JW in name only for most things anyway, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

    I don't see any problem with blessing someone, whether it's for a sneeze or anything else. If you're a Christian and the person you say "bless you" is a Christian, where's the harm?? And if you don't like it, say so and we'll be sure not to say it to you again.

    -Becka :)

  • jeanniebeanz

    It's just manners and is expected in certain circumstances. Especially business. But it's changed from 'god bless you' to 'bless you'.


  • greendawn

    It's not just a christian tradition now, I also heard Jews and Moslems say that.

  • MidwichCuckoo

    Many years ago it was believed that upon sneezing the Soul leaves the body - saying ''God Bless You'' prevents this happening.

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