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?
I suppose someone looking for an excuse to be offended might take it that way, but I've never encountered any such person.
I'm not religious and I always so Bless you when someone sneezes. No one has ever been offended.
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?
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?
No; I'm an atheist and I say "God bless you" to people all the time. It's just a meaningless and old expression.
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.
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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