Using God's name in vain

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  1. Judith

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    I am sure that we would all agree that saying the word God and putting a profane word behind it is using His name in Vain. Also Just saying Jesus Christ as an exclamation is also using that name in vain. However I think that many who profess Christ use God's name in vain by using it as an exclamation and using letters "OMG."
    Perhaps this happens because we do not fully understand what it is to be Holy and have a holy name, but I am of the mind-set that any mention of God for any reason other than teaching, learning, or worship is using His name in vain and the same with the Lord Jesus Christ. If we speak or write out the misuse in full or abbreviate it, it is still using His name in vain. Something to think about. ;)
     
  2. quantumfaith

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    I agree, when using the expression OMG, I always try to remember to make it OMGoodness.
     
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    I was taught early in life that such expressions are what are called "sugar-coated cusswords." They were considered an alternative to that awful expression that none of us want to use. Such as:

    Oh my gosh
    Gosh darn
    Golly Bill
    Gee Whiz
    Golly Gee
    Dadgummit
    Gad-dummit.
    Good golly Molly
    Doggone it
    Dang it
    Land's sake (sub for "For God's sake.")
    For goodness sake.
    Gunny sacks
    What the heck (for "what the ______")
    Holy Moly

    Those are a few that come to mind. And I confess that I've used most of them.

    Are there others you can think of?

    And is it okay to substitute them for the bad words? Could they also be labeled as taking the Lord's name in vain?
     
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    I was taught the same thing. Here is an addition

    Great Day in the Morning
     
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    As for the substitution. Personally I think it is acceptable, as I try to focus on the "intent" of the heart.
     
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    Is reading the names on the thread taking God's name in vain?
     
  7. quantumfaith

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    Perhaps, if that is the intent of your heart.
     
  8. JamesL

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    Are you equating this with "taking" his Name in vain?

    I'm curious
     
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    Hear is another one, lordy lordy.
     
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    I agree with you Judith - I hate the use of OMG. :mad:

    My pastor also says that when a Christian who "takes" the name of Christ with them everywhere they go and are violates the lifestyle a Christian should be living then that person is also using God's Name with an empty purpose.
     
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    The word "Take", and the word "say", are not synonyms in anyone's thesaurus.

    So, no, not everyone agrees.

    Now, blasphemy, on the other hand, which is the actual name for this practice, goes from a lack of proper respect, all the way to pure hatred for God, and worship of Satan...and everywhere inbetween.
     
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    Your pastor has spoken wisely:wavey::wavey:
     
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    I wouldn't agree w/ your first sentence. "god" is a title not a name. I don't care what profanity you put before it or after it. That doesn't turn it into a name. If it is not a name, can it actually be breaking any commandment?
     
  14. Judith

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    No, but this is not, about taking His name in vain, but about using His name in vain.
     
  15. Judith

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    No, that is totally different.
     
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    Thanks for clarifying. I agree with Greektim. Anyone of any persuasion (or lack thereof) can use a generic reference to "god" and attach a profanity. I don't think God's feelings are hurt when unbelievers do this

    And some unbelievers even use our Lord's Name just as loosely. I can't say I like it, but unbelievers are dead in tresspasses and sin, and in a state of unbelief. I really expect nothing else from them.

    But for a believer to profanely use "Jesus Christ" with an "H" or an "f"word in the middle, or even say "My God" in such a profane manner is deserving of a slap upside the head.

    Why would someone assume the Name of God, if it is a Name worth cursing?
     
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    Some say, Good Lord! sarcastically
     
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    Agreed. His name is Jehovah. Or, 'Providence' in English.

    To 'take His name', is to marry Him, or be adopted by Him. Same thing it means any other time.
    My wife took my name. She didn't say 'Ramsey', she took the name 'Ramsey' as hers.

    Pro 30:9
    9 Lest I be full, and deny thee,
    and say, Who is the Lord?
    or lest I be poor, and steal,
    and take the name of my God in vain.

    Taking the name of Providence, as in "I'm a Christian", thereby taking the name of Jesus, as your groom, and then acting as if He can't provide for you, is "taking the name of the LORD thy God in vain."

    For a Christian to borrow money from usurers, or steal, is a violation of their covenant with 'He who sees and provides'
     
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    Show me "using his name in vain" in the scriptures.
    You got the 'in vain' part from the scriptures, maybe... But, "using"??
     
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    I agree 100%, and I was thinking of exactly the same scripture.

    One cannot take God's Name in vain if he has not taken it at all.

    Take the Lord's Name, call on His Name, be called by His Name, are synonymous
     

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