Ever notice the sudden change in expression from "Thank God" to the so-called politically correct "thank goodness"??? Is this another excuse to eliminate God, and possibly claim that His name is being used in vain?
Yesterday's reading from Exodus, the Ten Commandments, had me thinking of this. Now, the second commandment is "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." Such is often achieved by taking His name and following it with "damn", "damned", or "damn it". Now, as far as I know, and I'm no theologian, but for Almighty God to damn someone or something is very very very rare.
On the other hand, I'm always thankful to God for many things, matters big and small that have affected my life in a positive way. From the loving family I have to having the slowpoke driving in front of you turn or pull over so I can get up to speed. And for all these things, I thank God, not just "goodness". When you think of it, God IS goodness, and more. So, for all things good, let's "thank God".
Considering that the Oxford English Dictionary cites the usage of "Thank Goodness" as early as the 1300s, I hardly think it's an example of political correctness. Rather, Goodness was seen to flow from the benificence of the Virgin Mary. "Thank Goodness" was used to acknowledge that goodness, and to honor Mary for her benevolence and care. God is the source of all goodness, but Goodness has been acknowledged as a gift from God, not God-ness itself.
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