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What’s in a Commandment #3 Blasphemy

Here we go again, marching through the beloved Ten Commandments.  So far, we have seen how we can hold something more important than God and we have seen how something can be an idol.  So…we move onto #3.  Blasphemy, using the Lord’s name in vain, or as it’s more clearly worded in the NIV:

3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

I like the example of taking someone’s name, like say YOUR MOM, someone you love dearly.  Maybe your baby’s name…  Let’s try it.

You hit your thumb with a hammer; try yelling “NANCY LOVE!” (Replace this name with one you hold dear.)  You see an airplane fall from the sky, and of course your first inclination is to say, “In the name of Camden Love, Camden, Camden, I hope they are okay.  Oh my Camden!  For the love of Camden…

Now, that sounds completely nuts, doesn’t it?  If your son or mom were there, do you think he or she would appreciate you proclaiming his or her name when you hurt yourself, or when you were upset, sad or disgusted at something…?

So, how can we so flippantly go around using God’s name, the Creator, in such an undignified manner?  Better yet, why do Atheist’s who typically don’t even believe God or Jesus exists go around using these names?  Why not use Mohammad?  Betty?

Using God’s name in vain, in an unworthy manner is misuse, is degrading and is offensive.  Don’t let Hollywood convince you otherwise.  Many of us have somehow convinced ourselves it’s no big deal.  We need to THINK, and realize that it’s definitely a BIG DEAL.  Hey, it’s #3 after all.

Oh, and in case you think using the name, God, is a loophole since the Bible specifically uses YHWH or Jehovah, then try using Mom or Son instead of their specific name and see if it makes a difference.

For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. (back to James 2:10)


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