This sentence is just an expression to emphasize something very strongly. In itself it does not mean anything but is used to make someone do something he or she does not want to do. Bringing in the concept of 'God' or 'for the sake of God' brings a sort of heavenly importance to a person's request.
Via this expression the speaker may also try to tell the listener that what the latter has done, is doing or is about to do is totally outrageous and should not have been, or should not be done or proceeded with.
My Mother would say this to us when she didn't know what else to say to get us to do something! This is probably not the answer you are looking for but I think other children have heard this from their Mother's also.
Usually a person crying out for help, in the only last resort situation possible that they know of.
That is an interesting question. We have all kinds of sayings that we pass between our lips without even thinking about them. It is good and instructive to think about them sometime. "For the sake of God," or "for Heaven's sake," and so forth are even uttered by self-avowed atheists, who will assure you most strenously that they DO NOT believe in God.
Speaking as an American and assuming (perhaps wrongly) that most of us on HubPages are Americans, one can say that as Westerners, we share a common Judeo-Christian heritage. Or perhaps its more accurate to say we all share some understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition as part of our collective cultural heritage.
What is this invocation of "God," which, again, you will even hear from self-avowed atheists? Well, "God" is understood to be the ultimate authority, is He/She/It not? By attaching your statement to "God," one is perhaps saying that something is unalterably obvious.
But one might say something like: "Hurry up, for the sake of God?" Perhaps we said, even by a self-avowed atheist, this invocation is an unconscious appeal to some outside force, if necessary, to quicken you (the person to whom the plea "Hurry up" is being made). Just some thoughts.
Thanks for the question.
Take it easy.
To me the sentence reflect poor knowledge of God. These false information about God is forced on the us by institutions who benefited by spreading the fear of God. They have brainwashed the masses. Many will reject his message.
God is a Divine Being who is not in need of anything or anything man can do. You need not do anything for God's sake. God would prefer if you do some thing for mankind's sake.
Such examples include Jesus, Gandhi, Buddha, Galileo, Einstein Newton, Martin Luther King and millions who gave up their lives or made sacrifices to benefit mankind
Kind of a carry over from the times when expressions of religion were more common and ugly old ladies were being burned as witches.
The religious types like to appeal to, or blame, God for everything.
Just an expression with little meaning.
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