- Apr 18, 2013
It's just means ordinary, common, informal speech... often using slang and metaphors.
This would be opposed to either formal speech, or some kind of precise speech which we'd maybe use in science or theology.
Here's a kind of rough example of the difference:
1. If you were on a cruise ship, and it sprang a leak, and the Coast Guard came to get everyone - you might reach the harbor and shout to the onlookers, "Hurray!, everyone on the ship got saved!"
2. But if you were preaching a sermon, in a church, you might not want to shout, "Everyone on the ship got saved!"
The word "saved" would very likely be misunderstood.
The word "saved" meant one thing in common, ordinary use and a very different thing in theological use.
1. A word or phrase can mean one thing in general, ordinary language, and a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT thing when used in specific theological language.
2. We just need to be aware of this, and think about how we use words and phrases when moving back and forth from one domain to the other.