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What Does "Thank God" Mean?


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Initial post: Sep 12, 2011 2:41:24 AM PDT
Bruce Fox says:
Recently there was a hurricane where I live and my home was without power for about a week. When the lights came back on I heard someone say, "Thank God." Can someone explain to me what was meant by that? If God was responsible for the lights coming back on, was He not responsible for the hurricane that caused them to go off in the first place? And was He not responsible for the inordinate length of time that we went without power? Is "Thank God" just an expression? Or is it proper for God to receive credit for good things that happen and not blame for bad things?

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 2:34:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2011 2:39:45 PM PDT
God is powerful when it comes to doing small things like turning lights back on, but the big things like stopping a hurricane, he is a weakling. I guess his nemesis the Devil is responsible for whipping up the hurricane. I don't know. It seems one should suck up to the Devil. He seems to be the one in control and overrules Christian God.

However since neither exist. A hurricane is a storm and the lights came back on because the men and women at the electric company got the line hooked back up. The credit should go to the men and women at the electric company. Another example of misappropriated thanks. Instead of thanking an imaginary being...try sending a little note with your electric bill thanking the technicians who got your neighborhood hooked up again.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 2:42:53 PM PDT
jpl says:
To a boxer who says "Thank God, " it means he won.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 3:04:41 PM PDT
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Joe Anthony says:
I once heard a couple of guys talking and this one guy said to the other guy that religion has led to nothing but wars and oppression; Catholics and Protestants fighting in northern Ireland; Christians fighting with traditional believers in Africa; Christians and Moslems fighting in Bosnia; Jews and Moslems fighting on the West Bank and in Gaza; Sunni Moslems and Shiite Moslems fighting in the Iran-Iraq War; Hindus and Moslems fighting in India...

The other guy said: Wow, when I hear about stuff like that, I THANK GOD I'm an athiest!

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 3:38:06 PM PDT
jpl says:
Joe Anthony says:
I once heard a couple of guys talking and this one guy said to the other guy that religion has led to nothing but wars and oppression; Catholics and Protestants fighting in northern Ireland; Christians fighting with traditional believers in Africa; Christians and Moslems fighting in Bosnia; Jews and Moslems fighting on the West Bank and in Gaza; Sunni Moslems and Shiite Moslems fighting in the Iran-Iraq War; Hindus and Moslems fighting in India...

The other guy said: Wow, when I hear about stuff like that, I THANK GOD I'm an athiest!

[Me] Hi, Joe. I just want to thank you for the smile you just put on my face.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 4:41:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2011 4:43:02 PM PDT
Bruce: '"Thank God." Can someone explain to me what was meant by that? If God was responsible for the lights coming back on, was He not responsible for the hurricane that caused them to go off in the first place?'

Very good point, but I tend to not see happenings like hurricanes and earthquakes [I live in California] as anything to do with God or the devil, per se.

In doing my spiritual work, I have been instructed to thank "God" for negatives & positives. Why, because it is part of the challenge of being in a body. [Note, God does not need to be involved in this process] That is how we grow psychologically and spiritually. I wonder if most people have little interest in growing spiritually and psychologically. I did not say this is easy, but if we wish to develop, we have to meet challenges and come out on the other side.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 5:33:06 PM PDT
Bubba says:
I say "thank gawd" just to indicate that something desirable happened or something undesirable didn't happen. I'm not actually thanking anything, just expressing relief. I also say "gawddamit when something undesirable happens -- also just a figure of speech.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 5:33:08 PM PDT
It's mostly a lack of creativity. Just like people saying 'bless you' or 'god bless' when someone sneezes. I use the Spanish response to sneezes 'salud (health)'. Of course, I no longer believe demons cause sneezes.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 6:05:39 PM PDT
Joe Anthony, that is priceless! Thanks for a great laugh at the end of a long day!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 6:34:15 PM PDT
Frank Paris says:
"Thank God that this is so" means nothing more than "I'm so relieved that this is so."

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 7:06:10 PM PDT
S. Friedman says:
"It [YVAN EHT NIOJ] doesn't mean anything! It's like 'ramalamadingdong' or 'give peace a chance'!"

--Homer Simpson

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 10:51:30 PM PDT
James 1:17 says that God is responsible for every good gift and every perfect present. How can that be? Since he gives us consciousness and the matrix of our senses and the earth environment in which to experience them everything that we feel that is good is from him.

Genesis shows that he placed Adam and Eve in a perfect setting free from all badness. It was called the Garden of Eden. Eden means "pleasure". It was only after Adam and Eve threw away their gifts that they experienced the evil or unsavory conditions that God had warned about. Still, though God kicked them out of his garden he has not taken away "rains" and "fruitful season" and hearts filled with "good cheer". - Acts 14:17. Also, he plans to completely make all things new and restore humanity once more. In the meantime, it is quite appropriate to thank him when something goes right. If God didn't actually do it directly you are still able to enjoy it because of him.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 8:15:32 AM PDT
MLC says:
Thanks for that quotation, Dan, from James. It is most appropriate.

Interestingly, the Bible tells us that we are to thank God IN all things -- not FOR all things, but IN all things (1 Thess.5:18). Jesus tells us that we will always have troubles in this world, but that we are not to be afraid because he has overcome the world (John 16:33).

In my walk with the Lord, I have learned that he will not always take the troubles away, but he WILL help me to get through them successfully. That is why we give him thanks. That's what the words mean to a Christian.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2012 11:39:45 AM PDT
Lj3d says:
I don't know if there is a God so I generally don't express thanks. But sometimes I do say thank God because we are innundated by religion from the time were born so it becomes a habit, even for agnostics such as me. So in that sense, its just an expression born of habit for me. If I can find the person or persons directly responsible for solving a problem I might have, I thank them.

BTW, having been through a few canes in my life, including Wilma...which knocked my power out for almost two weeks, I can say its fun, but not too much fun. I feel bad for those who loose entire homes, family members.
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