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."

  • Sounds Inglish, like in this story - probably means "leaving us to the mercy of God", that is, with no human help. – Michael Harvey Aug 16 '20 at 9:29
  • I think that the meaning is like leaving someone with blessing of god. But I do not know and I am not a native speaker. – Bharata Aug 16 '20 at 10:41
  • You can throw yourself on the mercy of God. I've never seen anyone left on it. – Old Brixtonian Aug 16 '20 at 18:14

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. – Old Brixtonian Aug 16 '20 at 18:12
  • See edited answer. At the mercy of wolves, dishonest employers, the Gestapo, etc, but not God. – Michael Harvey Aug 16 '20 at 18:22
  • At Michael Harvey: Good advisory! – Old Brixtonian Aug 16 '20 at 18:25
  • I haven't included leaving or abandoning someone or something to the tender mercies of something or someone bad or harmful. – Michael Harvey Aug 16 '20 at 20:10

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