Yes, it is understandable that you would feel offended when God’s name is used as a swear-word or as an exclamation of surprise or anger. It becomes convserational when people are so used to using God’s name in vain that they just use it as normal conversation. It’s intended to shock when used in anger, or to express the depth of an emotion. When use of the Lord’s name is not intended as prayer, or used respectully, it does offend us.
Christian sacred names are used in this way because our Western modern countries were originally based on Christian values. Therefore if some people wished to shock or appear ‘cool’ or blase, they would use Christ’s name or God’s name in vain. Some words in our language are distorted or changed versions of Christ or God, like “gee, golly, gosh” but I think the origins ar more or less lost in those words.
However, if anyone were to use the sacred names of other religions the result could be dangerous. For instance, a British teacher found hersel in serious difficuly in a Middle Eastern country, because she and the children decided to call the class teddy bear a sacred Muslim name.
I sometimes mentally send the Lord an apology when His name is used in vain…but we find it in books and in films as well as around us. We bless God’s holy name!
God bless you for your concern for Him…Trishie