Post by Eric Walker Post by email@example.com
1) God called Tim to Him.
2) God called Tim to Himself.
Which is grammatical?
Which is idiomatic?
a. Reflexively: "I bought myself a new coat."
b. Emphatically: "I myself saw him do it."
c. Absolute constructions: "Being an elected official myself, I
sympathized with him."
Uses such as those in (2) are frowned on, and (1) is the only acceptable
sentence of the pair.
The trouble with both these particular sentences is that they employ a
very specific religious idiom, which thumbs its nose at grammar. For
this sort of thing, you need to look at what wording is usual or
acceptable in the context in which the sentence might be written or
spoken, whether or not it's grammatical (about which I agree with Eric).
There are many set phrases used in religious circles; people simply
have to learn them (or are brought up hearing them), and ignore the grammar.
Now, if your sentences referred not to God but to the headmaster, or
Aunt Rachel, it would be different.