"Good Luck....."

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Is it OK to say "Good Luck.....?"

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  2. Only to unbelievers

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  1. UnchartedSpirit

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    Is there any sin in the casual utterance of this phrase in any sentence?
     
  2. Helen

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    There's no sin involved -- it's a common expression wishing a person well. However, since there is no such thing as luck, it's probably an expression that we could well do without as Christians.

    I try not to use it, but to say "God bless you" instead, but every so often it still comes out. I'll hear someone say something, then I'll laugh and say "Good luck!" I have found when I say it, the real meaning is usually "That probably won't happen the way you want it to, but it would be fun if it did!"
     
  3. Joseph_Botwinick

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    Helen,

    I agree there is no such thing as luck. Now would you please explain to us why there is no such thing as luck from an arminian POV.:laugh:

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    You will have to ask one of them, Joseph. I am not arminian.
     
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    :laugh:

    Good luck wipin' the egg off'n yer face, there, Joseph.:saint:
     
  6. PJ

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    I say to my kids "good luck" as they leave for the 4-H fair to show their projects. Either they win or lose -- it's the luck of the draw. To say anything else would seem odd. :laugh:
     
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    "There is no such thing as luck"

    How is this conclusion arrived at? We are all subject to random probabilities, some of which result in 'our favor' and some of which do not.
     
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    I believe it is fine. Just because we say good luck doesn't mean we believe in luck.
     
  9. Joseph_Botwinick

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    Helen,

    If you reject any of the five points of Calvinism, then you are at least a one point Arminian as the five points were a direct refutation of the five points of Arminianism.

    Link

    Now, would you like to answer the question?:wavey:

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    Good luck is just an expression,,,I think "God bless" is just as much an expression....both have hollow meanings often.

    My take on Good Luck is that it denies the providence of God in all our being, but I wouldn't make a big issue of it.

    I never use it. Cor blimey! is a common expression of amazement in my original language. It means God blind me if I'm wrong..........I don't think we ever meant it, but it was as common as salt.

    Cheers,

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    The problem is trying to find an acceptable alternative go "Good Luck." How about, "I hope things go well," or "I hope things go well for you?
     
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    I have a muslim friend I've been building a relationship with. I'm seeing some progress...I don't think it will be long before he comes to know the Lord.

    Islam is quite the fatalistic religion: "Allah wills it." I tell him 'good luck' all the time, just to mess with him (we kid each other a bunch).

    I have no idea why I shared that with ya'll...but I'm too lazy to erase.

    Good luck with the thread!

    tee hee
     
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    I just happened to read this tonight, and I'm wondering: after 5 months has he come to know the Lord yet? Are you still friends [supposing that's what you meant by "relationship"]?
     
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    Mixed bag here...has not come to know God yet, but in the last month he has gone to church with me twice! (Good progress there...a muslim, going to a Baptist church!) I'm still talking to him, and he ain't running from me.

    Thanks for asking...
     
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    Unfortunately, our church potlucks are now invariably referred to as potprovidences.
     
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    Yes, folks, strictly speaking we should not wish people "good luck." The etymology of the word "luck" relates to "Lucifer."

    It is a misconception that the concept of 'luck' relates to random chance. In fact, luck has to do with belief that seemingly random events are controlled by various spirits, who may be persuaded to do our bidding if we invoke them.

    Yes, I know this is all a "harmless" superstition on the surface, but... Do you advise people not to walk under ladders, throw salt over their shoulder if a black cat crosses their path, carry a rabbits foot at all times, blah, blah, blah? You probably don't because the pagan origins of such beliefs are a little more obvious. But if you do not, then you probably want to avoid wishing people "good luck" as well, because wishing people "good luck" is definitely in the same category.
     
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    There's no such thing as luck. My life is guided by the Holy Spirit and not by luck.
     
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    Who guides the life of the bird that just so happens to be flying directly over your head when it decides it's "potty time"? ;)
     
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    That only happens to my car windows.:laugh:
     
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    :laugh:

    Slight hijack...

    One night we were talking about Intelligent Design/Evolution. I was using Dr. Bill Tolar's excellent example about how many things are "just right" for life here. He uses a practical aid to show how the "odds" are astronomical against evolution by chance. He talks about how if you numbered ten pennies 1, 2, 3, etc., put them in your pocket, and then tried to draw them in order from your pocket, replace them, the odds:

    drawing a 1...10 to 1
    drawing a 1, replacing it, drawing a 2: 100-1
    similarly, 1 through 3: 1,000-1.

    If I'm lyin', I'm dyin': that night, as I was showing them the example, I drew a 1, replaced it; drew a 2, replaced it; then drew a 3. 1,000 to 1 odds of that happening! The kids thought I was drawing the pennies in a row on purpose...yet it was, forgive me amity, "the luck of the draw." But it proved to me that night, that especially when you're in front of a bunch of teens, God loves to remind you that His sense of humor works just fine.
     

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