Could it be offensive to some people if you say, " Bless you." ?

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  1. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 6 years ago

    Could it be offensive to some people if you say, " Bless you." ?

    I say " Bless you" if someone sneezes or has a sad story. Could this offend certain religions/ beliefs?

  2. Attikos profile image79
    Attikosposted 6 years ago

    I suppose someone looking for an excuse to be offended might take it that way, but I've never encountered any such person.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    I'm not religious and I always so Bless you when someone sneezes. No one has ever been offended.

    1. innerspin profile image92
      innerspinposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I don't say it as a religious thing, just recently I started to wonder if that's how people may take it. Thanks for the comment.

  4. junkseller profile image84
    junksellerposted 6 years ago

    Some people will be offended by anything and there's not much you can do about it. I personally, am very non-Christian, but I wouldn't ever be offended by a "bless you". I wouldn't even be offended by a much stronger statement such as, "may God watch over you." Whether or not I hold the same belief as someone who says that to me, they are still offering something positive with good intentions. Why anyone would ever mind that, I don't know?

    1. innerspin profile image92
      innerspinposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your response, junkseller, I like your attitude.

  5. KK Trainor profile image60
    KK Trainorposted 6 years ago

    I'm sure there are some who would be offeneded, because lots of people are offended by things they shouldn't be. But most wouldn't say anything because how do you tell someone not to say something kind?

    1. innerspin profile image92
      innerspinposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Mmm, sort of my point. If they don't say anything, I may repeat the "offense" another time, though of course it's meant well. Thanks for commenting.

  6. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 6 years ago

    No; I'm an atheist and I say "God bless you" to people all the time. It's just a meaningless and old expression.

    1. Attikos profile image79
      Attikosposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Perhaps it isn't so meaningless to either theists or atheists. Its origin predates Christianity. When you sneeze, for example, you're trying to expel a demon. Probably not much of a demon, but the blessing is to help you get it out.

    2. profile image0
      Old Empresarioposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's meaningless to me. I say it because it's a nice thing to say to people when they do something nice for me.

 
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