What does the Bible say about OMG?

The following is from Growing 4 Life:

“I was sitting at a sporting event, when the lovely, Christian lady beside me shouted, “Oh, my God!” as her child made a mistake.  I cringed inside.  And then I wondered, “does she know?”  Does she know that the Bible tells us not to use God’s name in vain? And honestly, this is not unusual.  I hear Christians do this all of the time.  Many are wonderful people who obviously love the Lord.  Is it because we just don’t hear this called sin anymore?  Are we so hardened to the use of His name due to the company we keep and the entertainment that we fill our minds with, that we just didn’t notice when we started doing it, too?”

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12 thoughts on “What does the Bible say about OMG?

  1. Good post, and much needed. Thanks for posting this Pilgrim. I hear this all the time; using the Lord’s name in such a flippant manner is commonplace in our society, especially among those who profess Christ. Reverence and fear of God are lost in a society that is centered too much on the here and now, with little to no thought given to the importance of words and names. Language has been broken down as the dumbing down of society continues; the result is mindless chatter with immature speech and thoughtless words flowing like a river.

    On a somewhat related note concerning the weight of our words, I work mainly with men, from their late thirties on up. Their conversations are so very sad; they repeatedly rib each other saying, ‘you da boss’, and respond with ‘no, you da boss’, they address each other as ‘dude’. This goes on every day, all day long. Is the mentality of the grown adult now stooped to the level of a grade school child? Are we a society of babbling idiots with a Jethro sixth grade edumecation? It is very telling and all part of the downward spiral, so much going on as we continue to disintegrate.


  2. This is a great post. Hearing ppl use our Lord’s name in vain makes me cringe, but when a Christian uses it, I am perplexed. Why would a Christian do that? Anyway, a while back, I came across this video made by the guys at “On The Box”. It talks about how even “oh my gosh” is questionable. At the very least, it will make you think about the words that come out of your mouth. The discussion begins at about 17:50 minutes into the clip.


  3. I never say “Oh my God” and cringe when people around me say it. My children, when people say this, are shocked when they hear others say it as well (ages 6, 8,10) . I must admit, I say Oh my gosh or goodness a lot….ever since, I believe, Manfred posted that one post about things that are still a way of taking the Lord’s name in vain, I have tried to be more careful. It is horribly difficult to break yourself of…but something we are trying to do, as the *last* thing I want to do is offend my God!


  4. I, too, share the same discomfort with the use of the subject phrase. Not to pour fuel to the fire here, but having three kids (ages 16, 15, and 12), a television, a radio, and just plain living, I am constantly being barraged with slang phrases, vulgarities, and, in general, unedifying and coarse language.

    Taking the name of the Lord emptily is a sin to be sure, and I would assert to my fellow readers speech containing some of the following is as well: “frikkin’,” “friggin’,” “heck,” “oh geez,” “LMAO,” and the like.

    Eph 4:29
    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

    Ephesians 5:4
    Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    Matthew 15:19
    For out of the heart proceed wicked thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, impiety of speech

    Proverbs 16:23
    The heart of the wise man is the teacher of his mouth, and gives increased learning to his lips.

    Proverbs 16:27
    A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.

    James 1:26
    If anyone among you thinks himself to be religious while he doesn’t bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is worthless.

    May the Lord help us be salt and light to ALL with whom we interact.



  5. A Christian friend of mine (who doesn’t say this phrase) believes that saying that isn’t taking God’s name in vain. He says that taking His name in vain is claiming to be a Christian (taking His name) while actually being a false convert or not acting in a Christian manner. He says that “God” isn’t God’s name.

    I would disagree with him. I believe saying that is a violation of the 3rd commandment. Mentioning Him in a conversation without proper reverence and fear is taking His name in vain. But I think he has a point that falsely claiming Him or His authority is taking His name in vain. Some people that go to my church told me they were going to buy my house, because God shone a light on it while the surrounding houses were overcast. I think that is blasphemy, especially since it turned out to be untrue, and they didn’t buy the house.


  6. Brothers and sisters, this couldn’t be a clearer example of how Satan has methodically worked through the centuries to have the people of God distracted by “do’s” (doing) when God’s focus is and always will be on the “be’s” (being/belief).

    If you follow the Hebrew written, God is commanding “You (we) must not carry (take) The Name of The Lord God for a delusion (in vain).” Further, God says He will not allow those who do so to escape judgement. Carrying The Name had everything to do with a blessing bestowed on the subsequent generation.

    God has always been concerned with who decides they will speak for Him/call themselves the people/sons/children of God not taking the time to search and discover that what they are speaking “in His Name” is merely a little (or even what they think is a lot of) Truth mixed with what they learned from someone/anyone else (traditions of men) that contradicts His Truth. Jesus in speaking John 9:.41 closed any possibility that anyone at their judgement could claim not to know that what they believed, or worse, taught, was in fact not Truth.

    So, here we are today with minimal understanding of cultural mindset, idiomatic expressions, and parabolic relevance to the ancients when God first delivered the Ten Words to Moses. We have a laundry list of words to be careful not to say, when we readily believe all kinds of contradictory theological goofiness, and claim it’s God’s Word (Name)!

    Please don’t misunderstand me; I’m not suggesting that we have license to carelessly speak God’s Holy Name. By no means. What I am humbly submitting to the Body is That His Name is The Word, The Gospel, The Teaching, The Way, The Truth that God Is, and our carelessness thinking we can hold to the myriad speculative nonsense that has arisen from 1800 years of forsaking His Way and escape His coming Wrath is only increasing His Righteous Anger.

    We’ve been given the example of cleaning our houses of leaven before Passover. How appropriate it is for us as we rapidly approach “the last contest of the righteous”. My prayer for all the saints is that we are humbly ready at any given moment to forsake all (never mind the physical, most importantly is all that we think we’ve gained mentally) for His Name.


  7. I don’t have much to say about “OMG” except this: our culture’s flippant use of God’s name reveals a deep lack of reverence. We have lost all sense of solemnity, and it goes beyond “OMG.” It extends to our flippant use of religious vocabulary.

    For example: “Are ya saved?” “Yep. I got saved in that camp back in ’04.” Who today pauses to consider what “saved” means? “Saved,” but from what? “Saved,” but by whom? “Saved,” but for what purpose? Why don’t we perceive the gravity of so great salvation? Why aren’t we filled with awe at the mention of God’s name? What has happened to us?


  8. It is disgusting and disturbing, even frightening when one realizes the depth and implication of saying or even typing it. Sadly, in my experience, people refuse to even acknowledge it could be offensive. It’s use has even reached the depths of fast food. I drove by a Burger King and a very large, and ordinary, sign declared “O*G Flavor”.


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