“What if someone doesn’t believe ‘taking God’s name in vain’ is a sin?”

The lost may argue that they don’t consider casually saying “God” to be blasphemy. In fact, the phrase “omigod” is so embedded in the vocabulary of youth today that it is shortened to “OMG” for ease in text messaging. It is just a meaningless word to them. In other words, they don’t esteem the name of God. The Hebrew word used for “vain” means nothingness, emptiness, vanity. According to John F. Walvoord, to misuse God’s name means literally, “to lift it up to or attach it to emptiness.” The Third Commandment forbids using God’s name flippantly or in profanity. So using the Lord’s name lightly or without thinking is the very essence of taking it “in vain.”

Another argument you may encounter is that the Seventh Commandment refers only to adultery, not fornication (sex before marriage). But 1 Tim. 1:8–10 makes clear that the Law also pertains to fornicators and homosexuals. God’s design is for sex to occur only between a husband and wife, and any sexual relations outside the bounds of marriage are forbidden. In an effort to counter homosexual marriage, many have used the argument that it is wrong simply because a child is better raised with a mother and a father than with two parents of the same gender. However, homosexuality is morally wrong because it violates God’s Law.

Finally, there are some who claim the Ninth Commandment, “You shall not bear false witness,” refers solely to giving false witness in a court of law, and therefore doesn’t include everyday lying. Another untruth. First Tim. 1:8–10 also says that the Law was made for “liars.” So, as much as the world would like to do away with the Law, or at least water it down, it is immutable. It is not going away, and it will be the unbending standard of judgment on the day when God judges the hearts of men and women (see Rom. 2:12).

1 Timothy 6:1 Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.

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5 Responses to “What if someone doesn’t believe ‘taking God’s name in vain’ is a sin?”

  1. Karen Burwell says:

    i wrote a poem some time ago on that very topic, the omg all over facebook and kids constantly saying it

    when a student says it i let him/her know I’m offended, and why. Probably get in trouble some day for this.

    Schools…the only mention of God is blasphemy.

    Karen Burwell

    p.s. I write poetry all the time


  2. Michael Adams says:

    An honest question.
    I can see when the name Jesus and or Christ is used where this is a true reference to the God of Scriptures.
    But the word God, …. isn’t that just a word?
    Are most people referencing Jehovah or just a word, that is in the American culture, as I can pretty much say that I am sure when most say it, they are not directing their talk to a particular god or to The God of Scriptures.
    God knows our hearts and intentions, and isn’t His command referring to when His name is used in reference to Him?

  3. Jimmy says:

    OMG can you guys be serious. How about this revelation from the Jimmy Bible? “There is no god!”

    This whole article immediately reminded me of the Jehovah skit from Life of Brian. “All i said was ‘This halibut is good enough for Jehavoh’ ‘He said it again, he said it again'” Hilarious, just like yu poor deluded people.

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