I'd say you're overthinking it.Okay, I want to ask a question some may see as silly, but I searched and don't really see anything about this on the web.
I had a nephew born two days ago-- happy day!-- but his parents (one of whom is an atheist, the other I would describe as either pagan or heretical Christian, depending upon how you look at it-- her beliefs are a whole other discussion, I won't get into them here) decided to name him "Theo".
Now, "Theo" comes from the Greek word "Theos" meaning "God". (See: Theology, Theocracy, etc.) To be clear, Theo is his full name, not a nickname or shortened form of Theodore, which means "God's gift", or any other name that starts with "Theo-".
Am I being overly sensitive here, or do you think this is legitimately an issue? I really wish they had chosen Theodore instead...
Oh, I know that. My initial quandary (which, again, partially thanks to this thread I've solved) was whether it was OK for me to call him by his name (without a nickname or anything like that).Also even if it is, it isn't the kid's fault. If it was intentional to be a mockery of God then God will deal with that. He'll also probably use it for good, and to further the Kingdom. He likes to work that way. In either case, the kid will have his own choices to make in life.
If it was an intentional snub at God it would be one thing. But I have a feeling that most people will name their children more after older relatives, or celebrities, or because it sounds cool, without contemplating the origins of the name.
Also even if it is, it isn't the kid's fault. If it was intentional to be a mockery of God then God will deal with that. He'll also probably use it for good, and to further the Kingdom.
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