Everyday Blasphemy

jesus_facepalmWe’ve all said them. Most of us have used at least one of these common expressions, anyway:

  • God d@mn it!
  • Jesus Christ!
  • Thank God!
  • God bless you!
  • Praise the Lord!
  • For God’s sake!
  • Oh my God!
  • Good Lord!
  • By God!
  • Holy Christ!
  • Lord Help Me!
  • Lord Have Mercy!

The problem is not actually the expressions themselves but the trivial way we use them. These expressions, in common exclamatory usage, may actually be considered blasphemous.

No, they are not a violation of the third commandment (taking the Lord’s name in vain), as I have explained in a previous post. But using them in a casual and meaningless way is disrespectful and even sacrilegious – which is the very meaning of the word, “blasphemy”.

In other words, they may be alright to say if you truly mean them but if they are just empty words, be careful. You may have just committed the sin of blasphemy. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the only sin that Jesus called “unforgivable” [Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:10, Mark 3:29 ].

Ask yourself, when you say these phrases do you truly mean to invoke the Lord? Are they being used as a form of genuine prayer or petition for the Lord to intervene on your or another’s behalf? If your answer is something other than a confident, “yes”, then perhaps you had best avoid these phrases altogether.

If you feel you must say something,  maybe it would be better to opt for one of the many euphemisms such as gosh, golly, gee, goodness, Jiminy Cricket, jeepers creepers, etc.. At least these show a respectful aversion to addressing the Lord directly in such a casual way.

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