If an Indian (eg) person heard someone say 'oh my Buddha' would they be offended? Do Christians, when they hear ' Christ on a bike' and 'OMG' get offended? G

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marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 17:18:43

sorry if this has been ddiscussed before, Im fairly new to this particular forum.

It really bewilders me, this current saying 'Christ on a bike'. I mean, what the IS that?
You NEVER hear anyone saying 'oh my Mohammed' or 'Oh my Allah' yet its okay to say anything pertaining to God/Heaven/Christ?

anyone have an answer or am I just being pedantic?

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 17:23:01

I mean, there are plenty of other alternatives to say.

I usually say, eg- OMD- orchestral manouvers in the dark grin

I just get that fingernails down a blackboard feeling when i hear someone use Gods name like that?

As a Christian I find it offensive, to me, as bad as the N or C word.

Oversensitive, or any other Christian feel this way?

Wishiwasanheiress Mon 25-Mar-13 17:25:30

Christ on a bike is quite old. My dad said that when young! I'm cofe. Doesn't even register. I'd be more offended by swearing. Guess depends on ur persuasion but surely there's bigger stuff to sweat?

MandragoraWurzelstock Mon 25-Mar-13 17:26:41

I get a little sort of prickle of the conscience yes

My mum gets offended but she is proper RC

I am totally agnostic but still it does bother me...equally though I find it quite cathartic to actually say, which is probably wrong of me - I walk a narrow line between the two states of mind

TeggieCampbeggBlegg Mon 25-Mar-13 17:27:38

Doesn't bother me

My granny eould have been horrified though.

weegiemum Mon 25-Mar-13 17:31:29

I'm a Christian and it's a bit offensive in an "oh no not again" sort of way! I don't like OMG much. My dc go to a Gaelic language school and they text "OMC" - "O Mo Creach" - basically means "oh dear me"!

"Christ" is a very important word to me. I accept it isn't to many people. But I almost always flinch when I hear it used in a "oh no" type manner rather than sensitively.

But that's me.

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 17:35:12

My mum will have a go at people if she hears them...thats every other person then! shes a devout RC and wont have it.

I know Gods had worse thrown at Him but still.....

and Ive had my fair share of rants at Him too, but never used that language.

wish yes there is bigger stuff to sweat, but i also dont like it when someone says 'i swear on my mothers life' or something.

so why doesnt anyone ever say 'oh my devil?' oh for hells sake?' hmm

WarmFuzzyFun Mon 25-Mar-13 17:42:25

But if I say 'oh my god' I am talking about my god which may or may not be your god.

Not being funny, or pedantic, just how I see it.

Dadthelion Mon 25-Mar-13 17:47:08

What if God isn't Roman Catholic?

JakeBullet Mon 25-Mar-13 17:51:28

Our local Catholic priest swears like a trooper and thinks nothing of "Oh for Gods sake". He is a bit unusual thoughgrin .

meditrina Mon 25-Mar-13 18:00:46

The potential to cause offence is obvious. No place for that in a modern, diverse society which has plenty of other expletives so readily available.

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 18:03:06

Its just a personal thing I suppose then.

like, I wouldnt like anyone using my DCs name as a swear word.

and for Christians God is our Father...so someones swearing using my fathers name. did that make sense???

Not trying to sound Biblebashing-y btw. OP is a genuine question.

(dadthelion not sure what you're getting at there. the Catholics/Protestants worship the same God.)

Is anyone who's answered here of a different belief/culture?

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 18:04:12

YY meditrina, exactly what im trying to get at.

Gingerandcocoa Mon 25-Mar-13 18:21:09

I am a Christian, and I wouldn't use those expressions as I don't think we should use God's name in vain.

However I think it would be a bit of a stretch to say I'm "offended" by people saying it. I don't like it, of course, but I know people are not really thinking when they say those things, and as a result I'm not really offended by it.

JuneChurch Mon 25-Mar-13 20:03:13

All the Catholics I know curse the saints, Jesus, Mary, the Holy Spirit and God quite happily!

shazbean Mon 25-Mar-13 20:08:13

I've actually had this conversation with an Indian friend who told me that this kind of thing is usual and pretty much encouraged.
I'm not sure exactly of the phrasing but "for the love of Vishnu" for example would not be a bad thing because the gods would prefer you to talk about them as it means you are remembering them in everyday life which I think is a pretty good way of thinking about it.

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 20:13:47

Not all indian people are Buddhists?

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 20:13:54

But you never hear 'for the love of Vishnu' in your high street do you?

and ok, if Christians use the G word for whatever reasons thats one thing but those that just bandy it about included in the effing C***ing bas** type thing? they're certainly not appealing/praising are they?

and the ones who KNOW you dont like it and wind you up and you ttry your best to ignore, while gnashing teeth.

I once said to someone I know 'for someone who doesnt believe in christ you sure do say his name a lot!' he soon stopped that word!!!

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 20:15:51

cog I realise that, I said Indians in general as an example, I meant whoever believes in a Deity. Not everyone is a Christian! smile

morethanpotatoprints Mon 25-Mar-13 20:19:10

My dearest friend is a Christian and used to teach 6th formers. Whenever they said Oh God, or Jesus etc. She used to ask what their problem had to do with them.
It always raised a giggle. She wasn't outwardly offended but will always say this or similar and put people right.

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Mon 25-Mar-13 20:20:37

When I hear people say OMG it doesn't occur to me that they mean a specifically Christian God. I know several nuns people who say Jesus or Christ because they mean it rather than in a lazy sweary way. Doesn't offend me personally (I'm RC)

More Christians than Buddhists in India, by quite a lot.

Abra1d Mon 25-Mar-13 20:21:55

I don't mind Oh my God as much as I detest (and I'm going to spell it out) Oh my f..king G.d.

I once asked if MN would delete if someone posted Oh my f..king M.ham... on a thread or Oh my f..kin. A...h.

They would.

Some time after I asked if they would delete the Oh my f..king G.d I'd seen in a thread title. No, they said, they wouldn't, because they didn't delete for blasphemy.

I find it a bit confusing, tbh.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 20:39:38

abra I cant believe that! Im jaw on the flloor with that.

Theres a thread somewhere else that satrts Christ oin abike in capital letters.

Lunatic I KNOW! thank you. grin

The Indians I know (and I live in a very Indian area) are Buddhists round here.

Must ask them one day this question, get a different perspective?

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 20:39:39

A minority of indians are Buddhists...so your generalisation is offensive to some. So maybe the point is everyone can be offensive at one time or another, inadvertently.

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 20:40:35

Yes do ask the indians you know as that will surely account for all indians.

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 20:41:44

If you're going to be pedantic...

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 20:48:12

Oh for .........Cog Im not saying all Indians are Buddists any more than any other culture are all something else, try and understand the OP question please, why should i have to explain myself? Im not being pedantic at all.

Am i not making sense? all im asking is would ANYONE of ANY other faiths get offended if their Deity or whoever or whatever they believe in was being used as an expletive.

Any clearer?hmm

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 21:00:35

Clear yes. The answer is being offended is subjective... not generalisable smile

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 21:07:46

Thats what I meant in the fiirst place!grin wink.

English isnt my first language btw, sometimes things dont come ouyt as intended!!! (nor does my typing!)

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 21:10:48

No worries.

hiddenhome Mon 25-Mar-13 22:21:37

I'm RC and I always cringe when I see it sad

Kewcumber Mon 25-Mar-13 22:33:13

Buddha isn't a deity is he? confused

TheFallenMadonna Mon 25-Mar-13 22:39:12

I'm Roman Catholic (a bad Catholic...) and I don't bat an eyelid.

"Jesus, Mary and Joseph" was my Grandma's epithet of choice.

I'm christian and I use christ-like exclamations myself.
if someone pulls me up on it, I jyst tell them that god/jesus is in everything I say or do and I'm asking for help more than anything wink
and apologize if it's offended the listener.

ripsishere Tue 26-Mar-13 04:22:28

Not sure whether this is relevant, but we live in Malaysia. I often hear people saying Allah in an exasperated way.

springyhippychick Mon 01-Apr-13 15:06:13

I don't like it at all and I wince every time.

It's pretty de rigeur to take a pop at christianity these days, to deride it and anything to do with it. Maybe that's a swing from our days as a Christian nation and people are wanting to make their own choice - but, in the process, swinging dramatically the other way.

you are assuming that the G always stands for god. I say "oh my goodness!" so when I abbreviate it to OMG the g stands for goodness.

PedroPonyLikesCrisps Mon 01-Apr-13 20:21:48

Seems a bit of an odd thing to get offended by really. But then I don't tend to get offended by much. Don't see the point in worrying about it.

seeker Fri 05-Apr-13 11:25:20

I don't let my children (when I can hear them) use Oh my God.

I don't know whether other faiths use their deities names as swear words- does anyone else?

crescentmoon Sat 06-Apr-13 22:02:53

found this thread very interesting. i dont think we have 'do not take the Lord's name in vain' in Islam, like ripishere noticed, alot of muslims say 'Ya Allah' which means 'Oh God' when they are exasperated, and in lots of other situations etc! its a prayer by itself and if anything is seen as praiseworthy 'remember God in all situations' a variation what unique said.
i wouldnt ever say 'Muhammad' though, and i dont think any muslims would say 'Muhammad' because he cannot be prayed to, only prayed for.

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