Common ‘Jesus’ Phrases For Non-Religious and Religious Folks

Today you’ll learn phrases referencing Jesus that all natives say, especially the non-religious.

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The inspiration for today’s lesson came from a subscriber comment, Kta Westbrook, so thank you! Also, I forgot to make a shout out in the last video about spacey vocab. That was inspired by a question from subscriber Love SidhU.

Alright. Let’s be real straight out of the gate. I’m not a religious person.

I’m a spiritual person, to be sure, but I do not subscribe to a specific denomination. I have much respect for those of you that do, though, and I believe there is space in our world for all of us!

My parents took me to a Lutheran church for a while when I was younger, but then, one Sunday, the pastor said that all divorced people were going to hell, and we never went back. (Both my parents had been divorced before.)

So, although a larger number of English speakers do not subscribe to a specific religion today than in the past, sayings with the words ‘Jesus’ and ‘Christ’ are still very much a part of our everyday vernacular! Please don’t take offense at today’s terms- I’m just reporting how natives really talk.

Also, don’t forget to check out my other blog post this week. I did a video blog lesson about phrases combining the word ‘holy’ with swear words. We literally say these EVERY DAY! Watch the lesson to learn how to say them, and mimic my pronunciation!

There’s also a music video there of one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded, Hallelujah, by Jeff Buckley.

Phrases with Christ or Jesus

Jesus take the wheel- People say this when they want Jesus to help them or someone else.

It actually comes from a country song! (That’s why I’ve honestly never heard it.)

So, it was said by some in the early 2000’s, but then, in 2005, Carrie Underwood had a hit song with this title, and the phrase took off.

What’s really funny, though, is in 2015, another country star, Sam Outlaw (great name, by the way), made a parody of Underwood’s hit with his song, ‘Jesus Take the Wheel (And Drive Me to a Bar)’. source

Here’s the video. I’ll tell you though, it’s super country- like, very twangy and sad. I do like the harmonies, though.

The following sayings are all uttered when one is surprised (usually negatively) frustrated or upset.

For the love of god/christ/Pete

Christ on a cracker (This may have evolved from the idea of the communion wafer in church.)

Jesus Christ- We say Jesus, Christ, or Jesus Christ (If you don’t want to offend a religious person, you can say ‘Gosh’ or ‘Geez’.)

Jesus Mary and Joseph

Here’s one more:

Do unto others- This is short for ‘Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.’

It’s also known as the Golden Rule, and it does come from the Bible, as quite a few English sayings do. Again, I may not identify as a religious person, but this is one rule that everyone should remember!

Your turn to comment!

Think of a moment in the past few days when you’ve been surprised or frustrated, and you would have said one of today’s phrases. Tell us about it in the comments section, or ask me a question!

Pop Culture R&R

I have a song recommendation for you today, and it’s one you definitely have never heard.

The early 1990’s were the heyday of some of my favorite music, called grunge. This scene is where Pearl Jam and Soundgarden came out of.

A star of the early scene was a singer named Andrew Wood, and he died in 1990 of a heroin overdose.

Then, in tribute to him, members of both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden formed a super group for only one album, called Temple of the Dog.

A song on that album is called ‘Wooden Jesus’, and it’s about the side of some evangelical organizations that ask their members for a lot of money.

The singer is Chris Cornell, one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time. Here’s the song:

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This has been one of my favorite albums since I was a teenager- I still listen to it. The most famous song, which was an enormous hit, featuring vocals by both Cornell and Eddie Vedder, was called ‘Hunger Strike’. Here’s the video for that. Classic!

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