Why do we say “my God”?
Like “Oh my God, you’ll never believe this…” or “Oh my God, would you just shut up and listen?”
Why is it always “my” God?
This is Christian America. There’s only supposed to be “one” God, right? So why don’t we just say “God” or “the God”?
Saying “my” God implies you have a personal god that’s different from someone else’s god. “Oh my God, this is so much better than anything your God might know or have…”
Once upon a time, a long time ago (but not in a galaxy far, far away), everybody had different gods. You know about the Greek gods, the Roman gods, even the Hindu gods… But what you may not know is that the original Israelites, the very first Jews, may have only worshiped one god, but culturally-speaking, they acknowledged the existence of other gods.
That’s why one of the 10 Commandments was “thou shalt have no other gods before me.” It’s not “there are no other gods besides me.” It’s “don’t put any of the other gods ahead of me; I come first.”
Only later in history, as religions evolved, did the philosophy go from “we only worship this one god” to “all other gods are fake; our God is the one and only true God.”
So maybe the “oh my God” thing came from that. Or maybe not. I dunno. I just find it interesting that, in a culture that claims to believe there’s only one God, why do we feel the need to qualify it’s my God (but not “your” or “the” God)?