Unreasonable Faith’s guide to Christian Clichés and Phrases.

Ever wondered what Christians really mean when they use their favorite catchphrases? Daniel Florien over at Unreasonable Faith translates for us. Here’s a sample:

“What can I pray for you about?”

Translation: “Any juicy tidbits about your life I can spread through the prayer gossip grapevine?”
Acceptable Response: “Thanks for asking. You’re so kind. My wife is having an affair, my brother is a drunk, and my dog can’t control his sexual desires.”
Unacceptable Response: “Have you ever kept a prayer journal to see if you get more unanswered prayers than answered ones, or if your unasked prayers get answered just as much?”

I giggled at more than a few of these.

9 thoughts on “Unreasonable Faith’s guide to Christian Clichés and Phrases.

  1. very good stuff. i especially like the comments. this one will stay with me for the day …. “My religious experience wasn’t all that horrible. It was pretty usual. And it was better than many — I mean I was never molested or anything…”

  2. I’ve always chuckled at “He is risen.”
    Shouldn’t “He has risen” be the grammatically correct way to refer to something in the past tense? Or “He is rising” if in the present tense?

  3. Norman- “He is risen” is now archaic, but it used to be correct in English.  They still say “Er ist erstanden” in German, not “Er hat erstanden”.  That applies to many verbs of motion in German: er ist geschwommen, er ist gegangen: he has swum, he has gone (walked).  I wonder if the same was true in English… any Middle English freaks in the house?

  4. Its quite probable that some middle english would be constructed like German, particularly words derived from the Saxon influx about the year 500 Common Era

  5. The III
    I would disagree with Daniel Florien. The blog is only atheist and not what they advertise. Other comments, points of view are cursed, scoffed and deleted. If you are entertained by hate then this would be the one to go to.
    My hope is that you are not.
    The III
    My name is The III given to me at birth.
    Documented to prove this fact
    My message I bring comes in warnings of 3s
    For I am a witness to that
    The 1st warning I bring is for all to heed
    That God is not to be mocked at
    The path that you choose is all up to you
    But to mock God you bring on his wrath
    The 2nd warning I bring are for nations and Kings
    Your greed for power and all of it’s worth
    Your actions are insane and let me be plain
    God is not going to let you destroy his earth
    The 3rd warning I bring is for all to heed
    Given from the beginning of time
    If you stay on this path you will call down his wrath
    And no one will be able to flee
    My name is the III given to me at birth
    Documented to prove I am
    My message I bring comes in warnings of 3s
    Believe them if you can
    -The III
    see my comments at
    http://unreasonablefaith.com/2010/01/13/haiti-swore-a-pact-to-the-devil/#comment-79126
    http://unreasonablefaith.com/2010/01/21/a-fault-is-not-a-sin/#comment-80588
    Before they are gone.

  6. I only approved this last comment because I thought it was funny as hell and could do with a bit of mocking.

  7. I found a book at Amazon God vs. Satan : The Untold Story which claims to be the Little Book predicted to explain God’s Mystery to mankind in Rev. 10. Even explains why he went into hiding, and when he would surface again, and why.

    My family didn’t believe it, but we read it anyway. And it is true. I understand everything Jesus said. EVERYTHING! Even know where he left out information on purpose because his generation wasn’t ready for the truth.

    I understand souls, God, how Satan’s Kingdom is divided, and how God and Satan fight in the world today. Except the actual truth is different from what anyone expects. It explains all the crime in our urban cities. And how to change it.

    It is a small book, as predicted in Rev. 10, every page is packed with new ideas. The words draw pictures, making the understanding easy. Even how creation started. And what the Holy Ghost is made out of.

    It was written in the Bible that it would come in the hands of an angel to the world from God. I read it, and I don’t believe any human mind could have that much new information by itself. A thousand geniuses couldn’t have written that book. Or this
    Einstein of religion kept himself hidden from the world for a long time.

    The fact that book is here today amazes me. We must be in end times for it to exist. I need an expert on Revaluations to comment on the book.

    I understand now why God went into hiding. Once you understand his mystery, what he really is, his early involvement in world affairs, and his absence later on becomes obvious. So does his return and when and why.

    No one religion captured the truth. But many got pieces of it. But the real truth makes complete sense of reality.

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