When you say OMG does it mean you’re taking God’s name in vain?


By BibleAsk Team


The acronym OMG stands for the phrase “Oh my God!” Also, the term “gosh” is modified from of the word “God” and the word “geez” is the first syllable of “Jesus’” name. These acronyms, or terms are used freely in our language and probably without full understanding to what they originally stand for. Nevertheless, they should not be part of the Christian’s daily usage of words.

The Third Commandment

The prohibition of saying God’s name in vain is one of the Ten Commandments. The Lord commanded: ““You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). The main purpose of the third commandment is to teach reverence (Psalm 111:9; Ecclesiastes 5:1, 2). Those who serve the true God, and serve Him in spirit and in truth, will avoid any careless, irreverent, or unnecessary use of His holy name or even the acronym thereof (ie. OMG).

Proper Christian Words

The apostle Paul taught, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). So, it is not enough that the Christian merely abstain from unseemly speech. His words are to be chosen with care. And he added, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

Likewise, the apostle James instructed that a Christian should not be characterized by having an unsanctified tongue: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water” (James 3:9-12). Finally, the apostle Peter taught, “For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil” or using irreverent language (1 Peter 3:10).

Victory Over the Tongue

The good news is that God gives man the power to control the tongue. But the thoughts must first be controlled before the tongue is tamed (2 Corinthians 10:5). In order to subdue the mind a person must first submit his heart to God for the change (James 1:14). And he who finds it hard to “refrain his tongue” may also pray the prayer of David in Psalms 141:3, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” The Believers, who set a continual watch upon their tongues are doing that which is pleasing to the Lord.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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