What's the meaning of the phrase "leaving us on the mercy of God" in the following statement:

"By associating with any group, we are disconnecting ourselves from [a person name] thus leaving us on the Mercy of God."


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We can leave someone TO the mercy of God, meaning to abandon them to their fate, or a person can throw themselves ON the mercy of e.g. a court, God, etc, meaning that they admit some kind of wrongdoing and are willing to submit to any judgement delivered. To be AT the mercy of something hostile, e.g. the elements, marauding tigers, is to be helpless against that thing.

  • Surely "at the mercy of" is used when we abandon them to their fate. Aug 16, 2020 at 18:12
  • See edited answer. At the mercy of wolves, dishonest employers, the Gestapo, etc, but not God. Aug 16, 2020 at 18:22
  • At Michael Harvey: Good advisory! Aug 16, 2020 at 18:25
  • I haven't included leaving or abandoning someone or something to the tender mercies of something or someone bad or harmful. Aug 16, 2020 at 20:10

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