“16And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.”
This passage is found in Leviticus 24.16 (KJV). It got me thinking what it means to take the lord’s name in vain. Is saying “Oh my God!” bad? Granted this is the Old Testament and I am learning that the teachings in the New Testament alter some of the meanings slightly, as many of these things are meant for the Jewish people at the time, and not necessarily part of the “New Covenant” After reading a good chunk of the Bible, reaing religious books, and reading websites on this topic, I have (and rightfully so) began to worry about all the times I took his name in vein. I hear sooooo many doing it as well, saying “GDamnit” or just saying “God!” as a swear word, or “Jesus Christ!” as a swear word.
Any believer should be concerned, as this is directly disrespecting God, and it is pretty clear and there is no wiggle room in the Bible about it. It is a bad habit many of us are guilty of. I know I have asked forgiveness more than once for this and find myself slipping here and there. I’m inclined to believe God find’s this to be one of the worst offenses and one that should be easy to avoid doing, though I know it can be difficult.
I struggled to find good sites that refer directly to this passage, but one that sums up everything is https://www.gotquestions.org/Lords-name-vain.html
The last paragraph in that site sums it up very nicely:
“The name of the Lord is holy, as He is holy. The name of the Lord is a representation of His glory, His majesty, and His supreme deity. We are to esteem and honor His name as we revere and glorify God Himself. To do any less is to take His name in vain.”