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Old Jul 11, '11, 9:17 am
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Default Why is Jesus used as a swear word?

This is something that actually angers me now when I hear it. Why in the world is the name of Jesus Christ used for cussing? If someone doesn't believe in him, why do they care about him enough to swear with his name? And if that person does believe in him, then why would they swear with Jesus' name? I'm guessing that people who do it don't really think about it, but it makes you wonder who first started using it as a foul expression and why.
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Old Jul 11, '11, 9:24 am
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Are you kidding me? Everyone says "oh my God" or "oh God" these days, even most atheists. It's common because the word "God" was common in society before it just became a word. We might assume that people use it so often as a curse today because younger people many years ago (when religion started to decline) started to use it as a curse. As respect for family, parents, authority, and tradition decline, you can only assume that the very names associated with those things will become worthless to most people.

The majority of people, I find, do not care one way or another. Willingly, they follow the trend because they are ambivalent. If "Jesus" becomes the new "damn", well, so be it.
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Old Jul 11, '11, 10:58 am
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You might be interested that there is a Holy Name Society.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_the_Holy_Name

We can say "Blessed be the name of the Lord" every time we hear blasphemy against the name of Jesus.
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Old Jul 11, '11, 11:24 am
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It's Satan's way of degrading Jesus. In John 3:30 it says "He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease." If Satan can get us to make Jesus look common, he has paritally won.
But isn't it sad people have to use our blessed Jesus's name wrongly?

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Old Jul 11, '11, 11:31 am
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We know that this sin of taking the Lord's name in vain dates back at least to Moses time when he received the ten commandments. I am not sure why it is so common these days to hear people abuse the Lord's name.
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Old Jul 11, '11, 11:33 am
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It's evil. Many people also tell others to go to hell. What a horrible thing to say!

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Old Jul 11, '11, 11:35 am
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As you say, most people don't even think about it. They pick it up as we "ape" adults while growing up. The adults swear and so we learn to.

Historically, I think there are a couple of ways this has developed.

1) Sincere prayer. Especially as regards using God, or Jesus, in the past it would not be at all unusual for someone to ejaculate Jesus name or God's name in a dangerous or shocking situation as a prayer of protection. As in "Jesus help us". Over time, and as people lose the connection to such a prayer, or stop believing or whatever, the ejaculation becomes corrupted, shortened etc until it becomes the meaningless spittle of an angry or surprised or just a crass person.

2) Shock - Certain words, delivered in a certain way will almost always get attention and/or a response. Like in the old cowboy movies where someone pulls out a gun and shoots at the ceiling to get attention, words can be used in the same way - to shock everyone else into silence.
The problem with this though is that in today's society swear words or "cuss" words are used so commonly that they have lost their shock value and just become, in most cases, filler.
I've known many people in my day who, in just normal conversation around the job, would use the "F" word as a preceding adjective for nearly every noun they spoke.

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Old Jul 11, '11, 11:41 am
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That is something that puzzles me.
Almost any language swears with sex, the same Happens with my Portuguese.
But some have it with religions, which I find puzzling, as we do not have it.
In Spanish, "Cuerpo de Dios" - The body of Christ is used to swear as well in German the word "Crucifix".
This is interesting.
I've sort of known this about other societies using having different "swear words" and how some of them don't even make sense and often times they cannot even be translated in any clear way.

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As a Literature Teacher, my theory goes that the swear words have no meaning at all. The Portuguese ones, dont make sense, you cannot do (it is impossible!) what they order you to do).
We have that in the US too - especially some of the more common sex ones...
When I was working, I would often marvel at how silly these things sounded and how mortified these people would be if they really stopped to think about what they were saying.

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My opinion is that they are a means to let off steam, nothing else. If one of my students swears, before I would make a big fuss of it, now I calmly explain the situations and he rapidly understands. In future, as it is ingrained on them, they may swear again but they'll ask for excuses...
This is good. It's best, if you can, get them to recognize this early.

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Old Jul 11, '11, 11:42 am
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I wear a cross showing the image of The Holy Face of Jesus.

On the front of the cross are the words (in Latin) "Blessed be the Name of God"; and on the reverse side "Begone Satan".

Every time I hear someone use the Lord's Name as a curse I touch my cross and repeat the above prayers to conquer this blasphemy

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It's evil. Many people also tell others to go to hell. What a horrible thing to say!

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They probably would not say it if they geniunely believed in it.

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When people say this, it's good to say silently "blessed be His Name".

I think people use His name as a swear word because the devil first inspired this..honestly, I can't think of another explanation.
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