Saturday, March 26, 2011
What does "God Bless You" Mean?
90% of people in the world using this word but don't even know the meaning.
Bless you, or God bless you, is a common English expression addressed to a person after they sneeze. The origin of the custom and its original
purpose are unknown.
And most of the meaning on it is come from the culture: they believed that the initial quick breathe you take before you sneeze is "evil", so they would say "God Bless You" toward off the evil.
A legend holds that it was believed that the heart stops beating and the phrase "bless you" is meant to ensure the return of life or to encourage your heart to continue beating.
Another version says that people used to believe that your soul can be thrown from your body when you sneeze, that sneezing otherwise opened your body to invasion by the Devil or evil spirits,or that sneezing was your body's effort to force out an invading evil spirit. Thus, "bless you" or "God bless you" is used as a sort of shield against evil.
Theologically speaking "God Bless You" means God protect you in every manner. It means that may all be good, love, god, to dwell in your mind and in your heart. May that you stay connected with that which is holy.
So, if someone says, "God Bless you." They are saying, "May that you stay connected to the holy spirit."
They are wishing you a good luck? Like, may you happiness continue, may happiness increase, may your happiness never end.
In conclusion: stop saying “God bless you” unless you’re meaning to imply the presence of demons or an unstoppable 14th century global pandemic.