" O God!"

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  1. Salamander

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    I have been "reprimanded" for using the exclamation as if it were "cursing", but I find David under inspiration of the Holy Ghost penning those words down in many of the Psalms.

    Got any " further discussion"?

    Note: I have NEVER used those words as a means of "slang", only in a case of declaration. You?
     
  2. Johnv

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    I think that is can be cursing when used in the slang, but its use in such often is not cursing, but legitimate exclamation.

    I think as Christians we have an opportunity to use the phrase a little more reservedly. However, I will likely disagree that your use constituted a curse. Perhaps if you gave more information on how you used it, a better assessment could be determined.

    Now, I did se the movie of the same name, and absolutely loved it. Does that count for anything??
     
  3. donnA

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    I think off handly using God's name is misusing it, even if it isn't cussing.
     
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    The question to be answered is whether you felt you were under conviction after having used the words in the context that you used them. If you did, and your appeal to King David in Psalms is an attempt at rationalization, your best alternative is to ask forgiveness of the sin. If you felt no conviction, and somebody being a busybody is trying to make you feel guilty when you shouldn't, you can probably disregard what was said.

    With that, however, I think you'll want to pay more careful attention to your exclamations. For example, I know a guy who constantly used "Fudge" as an exclamation when he was in high school. One day, when an opportunity presented itself, he tried to witness to the person who sat next to him. She wouldn't listen to a word he said because she thought he was saying something else instead of fudge and wouldn't believe him when he tried to explain what he was really saying. Something that was innocent became a stumbling block for somebody else.
     
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    1. Once i was reprimanded for 'taking God's name in vain'.
    I'd said something like "'I think you are playing a game of
    damned if i do and damned if i don't".

    How can 'damned' be 'taking God's name in vain'? Is one
    of God's names 'damned' "??? I know other people use
    the name in conjunction with one another, but did i?

    2. I got kicked off a King James Version (KJV) Only-ist (KJVo)
    site for quoting the 1611 Edition of the KJV (KJV1611). It just
    isn't the standard KJV1769 from Oxford :(
     
  6. StefanM

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    To be technical, "God" really isn't his name anyway.
     
  7. SAMPLEWOW

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    bummer Ed

    I think they did you a favor by giving you the boot.

    As far as using God's name I think we should be careful. :eek:
     
  8. Artimaeus

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    99% of the time I have heard the phrase used it has been a misuse and extreme disrespect. If I bring it to somone's attention they invariably say that they didn't mean it. I then tell them, "but this is what the commandment says. Don't use it if you don't mean it."

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    Amen!

    And the other pronunciations, “gosh,” “gee” (as in “gee wiz” or “O gee!”), and “gal” (as in “gal darn”) are just as disrespectful. Indeed, all babbling is disrespectful not only of God, but of the persons to whom we are speaking.

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  10. Brother Ian

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    I don't use it in that context.
     
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    What is the etymology of "gosh"?

    My understanding is that "gee" is short for Jesus.
     
  12. fatbacker

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    And if you want to get even more technical we know there is only one God so even though it is not His name we still know who it is.

    I would also want to know in what context you used the word, if it was in anger more than likely could have been left out of the sentence if it was in shock or surprise probably not a big deal.

    But I guess the real issue is not how you felt but the other person. If that person really doesnt like to hear it then maybe for that person you should not say it.
     
  13. Artimaeus

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    Probably from the word God.

    Always reminds me of the riddle:

    Do you know what happens to people who don't belive in "gosh"?

    They go to heck. :D
     
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    Using the term "O God" as an exclamation is indeed using God's name in vain. Technically, it's not the same as using the original Hebrew name, but in our context it is a direct violation of the commandment.
     
  15. TexasSky

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    Someone once told me that we Christians take the easy way out when we read, "Thou shalt not take the Lord thy God's name in vain," as meaning, "Don't curse using His name."

    They said, "Blaming God for things man did, that's slandering God. Claiming glory for things God did, that's slandering God."

    I think some phrases border on slandering God because of the way they came about. The words ususally used in such terms with God's name at the beginning, followed by "(d) it," are actually a "command" form, so basically you're trying to tell God who He should or shouldn't damn.

    So, what do you MEAN when you say, "Oh God"?

    Are you asking Him to notice? Are you asking Him for help? Why are you referring to Him at that particular moment?
     
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    I thought gee was something the farmer told his mule to get it to turn left! :rolleyes:
     

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