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[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 01:10:14 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Sure... in AD&D, they call them "cants," like a "thieves cant". Ingroup language. Both sides use it. Religious people do it too. I had a worker once who referred to God as "Heavenly Father." It was strange.

"When I feel challenged, I ask Heaveny Father for guidence, and Heavenly Father gives me direction. If I listen, I am usually rewarded."

Turns out this language is Mormonism. Jesus Christ, Mother of Mary...

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 09:50:40 EDT from fleeb

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Probably not just Mormon, as I've heard it used by other Christians.

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 22:11:03 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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It has to do with how it is used. Most "Christian" denominations will refer to "The Heavenly Father." It isn't used as a proper noun so much as a descriptive one. They'll call him God, the Lord, the Lord God, Jehovah, Yaweh... and "The Heavenly Father."

Mormons call him, "Heavenly Father," as a proper noun. Like, if they met Him, they would address Him that way. "Heavenly Father, I beseech you to have mercy on me!" I'm not quite getting it right here, but it is in the manner of speech in how they use it. If you hear a person say something like, "If I am in doubt, I ask Heavenly Father for guidence, and He grants it to me in His wisdom," you're not talking to a Catholic or a Protestant. We recognize it as something *different* than us, and they're using it that way for that reason. It is a special language that conveys in-group membership.

[#] Fri Sep 06 2019 10:09:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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That kind of usage is specifically a mormon thing. It's a slightly different take, because mormon is not mainline Christianity.

[#] Mon Sep 09 2019 01:26:13 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Fri Sep 06 2019 10:09:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
That kind of usage is specifically a mormon thing. It's a slightly different take, because mormon is not mainline Christianity.

Yup. It definitely conveys a different, more direct relationship with God Himself than say, a Protestant or Catholic would express. 

We would refer to the Lord... God... 

Jesus is kind of our go-between - as Protestants - and Mary, if you're a Catholic. But both kind of operate on an assumption that God is busy and although He doesn't miss *anything* - you better only invoke him personally if your car is about to go over a cliff. 

 

 

 



[#] Mon Sep 09 2019 10:53:04 EDT from LoanShark

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By which time it's probably too late.

[#] Wed Sep 25 2019 12:24:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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As long as you're alive, it's never too late to call on God. You may only have seconds to live, but that final moment of faith could have a significant effect on what happens next.

But you knew that.

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