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    Hi All !

    Quick question: what does God Speed mean to Christians ?

    Sorry if it's dumb but hey you think you are smart ???
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    What does it matter what it means to Christians ?

    Surely what matters is the actual meaning of the quote, no ? If it means something it means the same to everyone.

    Personally I think it's rather a nice way to wish someone all the very best of luck and support and I don't believe in the man anyway
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    Hmmm, this is a bit iffy, but I'll let it stay as long as there's no religion bashing.
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    I think it means something along the lines of 'good luck' to a ship or sailer.

    It's kind of tradition isn't it? I'm sure non-Christians here would say it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big King Sanctaphrax
    Hmmm, this is a bit iffy, but I'll let it stay as long as there's no religion bashing.
    Yes please no religious bashing... just asking the meaning of the phrase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDC
    I think it means something along the lines of 'good luck' to a ship or sailer.

    It's kind of tradition isn't it? I'm sure non-Christians here would say it anyway.

    God Speed means a quick and safe journey under God's watchful eye, be it by foot, ship, horse, etc..
    O well, seems like 'some' people decide to ruin a perfectly valid threat. Nice going guys... doc bean

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    Thanks.
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    When you "God Speed" to someone it means you hope they get to their destination with God's speed. So they get there really fast like GOd would if he used his ultra fast speed.

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    "God Speed" - this commander appears to fly - or walk - as if he is being carried by a heavenly host. +200% Movement Points
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    Non christians don't say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Efrem
    Non christians don't say it.
    sure they do, just like they say "oh my God" as well.

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    They say Oh My God, but I have never heard a non christian say god speed. Or a christian either for that matter, maybe its just not an Aussie thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Efrem
    They say Oh My God, but I have never heard a non christian say god speed. Or a christian either for that matter, maybe its just not an Aussie thing to do.
    I think you only really say it to the captain of a ship or when launching one... Which doesn't happen too often.

    I want a yacht. How do you spell that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDC

    I want a yacht. How do you spell that?
    E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E

    Plus I think Santa's going to have a hard time getting it down the chimney.


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    Santa's dead.

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    Byzantine Prince-"Santa is dead."

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    LOl,

    God - "Byzantine Prince ownz Santa ass"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDC
    I think you only really say it to the captain of a ship or when launching one... Which doesn't happen too often.

    I want a yacht. How do you spell that?
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    2. A large hole in the water into which one throws large amounts of money.
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    Non-Christians say it as well. Redleg gave the best definition of the meaning. But maybe we're all wrong, maybe its God's choice of drug!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastatin Dave
    Non-Christians say it as well. Redleg gave the best definition of the meaning. But maybe we're all wrong, maybe its God's choice of drug!!!
    LOL!! Good one Devastatin Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastatin Dave
    Non-Christians say it as well. Redleg gave the best definition of the meaning. But maybe we're all wrong, maybe its God's choice of drug!!!
    lmao!

    Perfect. :D

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    I think it justs means good luck.

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    Says it just means "With great swiftness"
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    Personally, I know what it means from the "pirate jargon" but I wonder what lies behind it. Anyone knows?

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    I've never seen it used except in books. Books with medieval themes. Sure sounds like something a TV priest would say to people, though.
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    I think Redleg's got the best definition.
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    The word Godspeed is used to wish a person good fortune or success, as on starting a journey, a new business, etc. It is usually found in expressions of the sort "to bid (a person) Godspeed."

    Godspeed is a nominalization of the phrase God speed (you), understanding which depends on two things: speed in this sense means 'to prosper; succeed', which is now archaic, but which is the original sense of the word; and the verb is subjunctive, expressing a wish, with the entire phrase meaning "may God cause you to succeed."

    The word Godspeed (which can also be written God-speed) is from Middle English, first found in personal names in the thirteenth century.
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    Ahh, great info 7Bear7Scar. Many thanks.


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    From my experience with the SCA, a midevil reinactmnet group, it is simply a shortned version of "may God speed (watch over, protect) you on your way.
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    Muslims in the Balkans (perhaps Turkey also ?) say a phrase which essentially means the same thing: Allah -e- Imanet which is said when you leave someone (as in bye). The literal meaning is a bit different but the idea is the same -> God protect and watch over you.
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    Precisely "Allah'a emānet ol" (to whom that leaves or stays) or "Allah'a emānet" (for something that is cared/feared for).

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    The second one includes an untold "olsun" or "ola" at the end, which is the third person imperative or optative of the verb "ol-" ("be") respectively. Therefore, the first statement is directed to the second person while the latter is concerned for an absent third person.
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