Jehovah bless you

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  • moomanchu

    Does anyone remember how the witnesses used to ridicule christendom for saying "God bless you"?

    Now "Jehovah bless you" seems to be a catch phrase on witness e-mails and in conversation.

    I wonder if their critisism of saying "God bless you" is in print somewhere?

  • zeroday

    g99 10/22 p. 3 Superstitions—How Widespread Today? ***

    IT HAPPENS everywhere—at work, at school, on public transportation, and on the street. You sneeze, and people you’ve never met, mere passersby, say: "God bless you" or simply "Bless you." There are similar expressions in many languages. In German the response is "Gesundheit." Arabs say "Yarhamak Allah," and some South Pacific Polynesians say "Tihei mauri ora."

    Believing that it is simply common courtesy rooted in social etiquette, you may have given little thought to why people say this. Yet, the expression is rooted in superstition. Moira Smith, librarian at the Folklore Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A., says of the expression: "It comes from the idea that you are sneezing out your soul." To say "God bless" is, in effect, asking God to restore it.

    Of course, most people would probably agree that to believe that the soul escapes your body during a sneeze is irrational. Not surprisingly, therefore, Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines superstition as "a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation."

    Little wonder that a 17th-century physician called superstitions of his day the "vulgar errors" of the uneducated. Thus, as humans entered the 20th century with its scientific achievements, The Encyclopædia Britannica of 1910 optimistically foresaw the time when "civilization [would be] freed from the last ghost of superstition."
  • fullofdoubtnow

    People in my kh used to say "jehovahs blessings" to each other, I must have said it myself many times. They did tend to ridiclue people for saying "God bless you", because these non jws weren't aware or wouldn't acknowledge Gods name. I don't remember "jehovah bless you" being said much.

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