The Diabolical Heritage of the English Language
May 5, 2017
Originally published in Face to Face: Intimate Moments with God © 2013. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Bigot n. Anyone who has strong beliefs about anything you don't approve of.
Christian adj. Nice.
Evangelical n. Right-wing political zealot who desires a theocracy. (see "bigot")
Faith n. Believing something you know isn't true. Synonyms: gullibility, naiveté, wishful thinking, irrationality.
God n. 1. A swear word. 2. A benevolent cosmic influence that wants everyone to have a nice day. 3. A generic term useful for describing ultimate realities one knows nothing about, e.g. God helps those who help themselves.
Heaven n. The place where everyone goes when they die. Christians will sit on clouds and strum harps, and everyone else will go to a giant amusement park and party forever. Synonyms: Las Vegas, nirvana, happy hunting grounds, Shangri-La.
Holy adj. Sanctimonious, puritanical, Pharisaical, hypocritical.
Human Being n. A highly evolved mammal with non-specific gender.
Love n. 1. The feeling one feels when one feels good feelings. 2. Being made happy; experiencing pleasure, e.g. I love chocolate cake. I love my wife. 3. Something one can't control; it "happens," e.g. My sister has fallen in (or out of) love.
Prayer n. A psychological method of visualizing positive outcomes. Self-talk. A way to attain harmony and peace.
Sabbath n. archaic. The weekend.
Sin n. archaic A word that describes the behavior of Attila the Hun, Hitler and people you don't like. When applied to yourself, it is preferable to use words such as "issue," "problem," "growth area" or "inappropriate behavior." e.g. My habit of sleeping with my neighbor's wife is an issue that I need to work on.
Success n. The state of getting one's own way.
Truth n. Personal preference, opinion. Note: The word should never be capitalized.
still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason."
Prayer Focus: For wisdom and insight to help you discern which of your thought processes come from the Word of God and which ones come from culture.