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Is Swearing A Sin

Is swearing a sin?

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Sin is defined in the examples below:
Transgression of the law, 1John3:4
Unrighteousness, 1John5:17
Unbelief, John 16:9

And the wages of sin is death.

Whilst swearing is often done out of habit or anger/frustration, it is not uplifting or helpful.
Swearing is not a 'sin' however, as defined by God.

Sin is what separates unbelievers from God.
He who sins is a servant of sin (John8:34) and is of the devil (1john3:8).
---Haz27 on 4/30/12


swearing is not right.
---Eloy on 4/28/12


hello,yes,we are also,a culture some swear words it's just what it is..some words not said even between a husband & wife... Also,like bro.MarkV. says the more a believer get into the word of God..yes,real change got to take effect. Wonderfull & encourage anyone. we not perfect we all got to work on it. God really does want only the best for us.thankyou,love of Jesus!
---ELENA on 4/28/12


I do not believe swearing is an issue, like you guys are discussing it depends on cultural and social circles and differences. I have been a christian for 6 years now and I have no problem with swearing. There are certain words that are fully unnacceptable depending on the situation and who is around (your grandmother for example) but not a sin,do you guys see what im trying to say? Bassically swearing is not a sin because of this fact... people made swear words and who is to stay its any different to any other word?
---Mas on 3/26/12


MarkV -- I didn't believe it was you. Someone else named "Mark" posted it.

My experience is much like yours. I found I just didn't like to swear anymore, though it had become almost second nature to me at one time. Everybody around me at work swore...frequently. I never asked anyone else not to swear. But I found that, after a while (when I no longer swore), people around me who swore would catch themselves and apologize...without me ever saying a word about it!
Amazing!
---Donna66 on 1/20/11




Donna66, that was not my post but I will say what you said is very true. It is not a matter of culture. If our conscious tells us it is wrong we should not go against conscious just because culture tells you its OK. The Spirit speaks to our conscious. It convicts us of what is right and what is wrong. In my case I use to cuss, not terrible like some people. When I committed my life to Christ, I never said at any moment in time for God to take that away from me, it just happened. The more I studied, the more God changed me. Now when I hear someone cuss, it bothers my spirit very much. Sometimes I told people to stop cussing, that it was not necessary, other times I just walked away.
---Mark_V. on 1/20/11


mark--// Only in our culture...in other places swearing is just regular vocabulary that no one thinks is bad...its a cultural issue...i've been in other cultures where the preacher swears...which really isnt swearing to them its just another vocab word//

Mark-- It's rapidly becoming that way here. If "swear words" are just like other vocabulary words, does that make them no longer "swear words"?
I recognize cultural differences. What is a swear word in the UK may have quite a different, even innocent, meaning in the US.
But we must not rely on the "culture" to determine what is displeasing to God.
---Donna66 on 1/20/11


Are we talking about swearing as in cussing? Or swearing as in taking a vow or making an oath?
---AlwaysOn on 1/18/11


\\God, gosh, and golly may be considered 'swears' by our culture,\\

These and similar words are called "minced oaths."
---Cluny on 1/18/11


Yes, it is disrespecting God's name.
(I don't associate "gosh" or "golly" with God in any way). But the ubiquitous use of "OMG"(oh my God) is still swearing, to me.
Yes, there are cultural differences in what terms are considered "swearing". But swearing has generally become much more a part of ordinary speech in the USA than ever before. Even children now regularly use terms (obscenities, usually) that, not long ago, even adults would never use in polite society.

Christian or not, I automatically think less of anyone who relies on "swearing" for emphasis. Our language is so varied that it is hardly necessary.
---Donna66 on 1/19/11




God, gosh, and golly are not YHWH's holy name

God, gosh, and golly may be considered 'swears' by our culture, but more importantly what does YHWH think?

Check the Old Testament to see how many times his followers use his actual name, even when getting mad at him or asking him why he is doing something...
---Daniel_Sarlo on 1/18/11


The Bible says that evil words come from an evil heart and they defile the person that says them.
---BigT on 5/12/09


Only in our culture...in other places swearing is just regular vocabulary that no one thinks is bad...its a cultural issue...i've been in other cultures where the preacher swears...which really isnt swearing to them its just another vocab word
---mark on 4/23/07


YES..swearing is wrong. Saved or unsaved. It is an ugly way to express oneself, shows a lack of education, respect for others and self. Most of all it disrespects God. Especially if we use His name as a part of the process. We should not use God's name in vain.This is a very serious sin.
---robyn on 4/24/07


Yes, swearing is a sin. Anything that doesn't bring glory to God is a sin for that matter. From a more practical view, swearing is also an indication of a lack of ability in knowing how to express himself/herself in a proper manner. Therefore they resort to swearing to try and put emphasis to a point.
---WIVV on 4/23/07


Yes, Scripture says "Swear not....let your nays be nay and your yeas be yea" (that's no and yes in today's language. James 5:11-13
---Terry on 8/10/06


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I think gossip is bad, talking about people in a negative mannor is bad, and blastphamy. But words in and of themselves are letters that man created to convey a point. if the use of the word is not to put down, shame, or to lie, or in a rage of anger then the fact remains that they are still just letters strung together.
---James on 1/29/06


if you mean swearing oaths, or a vow, then yes; because we cannot make one hair white nor black, and heaven is his throne and the earth his footstool. Remember Jephath's vow? Please read Judges 11:29-40. Or recall Herod's oath? Please read Mark 6:21-29. Please read James 4:13-15.
---Eloy on 12/19/05


Why nit-pick? Here's a solid, Bible based answer - anything that doesn't bring glory to God is a sin. (In the Greek, "sin" means to miss the mark - therefore, anything that would cause us to do things that are not pleasing to God, since He is the "bulls-eye", is sin.) Fortunately for us sinners, He forgives sin!
---WIVV on 12/19/05


Ephesians 4:29

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.
---Linda3939 on 11/18/05


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Ah, that wicked tongue. Colossians 3:8 (Good News) But now you must get rid of all these things: anger, passion, and hateful feelings. No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips.
---Nellah on 11/17/05


, God will judge those who profane his holy name. i have often reminded my mom not to say "gosh" or "golly", as those are also swearing.
---steve on 11/17/05


Pt1
At the time of Jesus' crucifixion, when Peter three times denied being a follower of Jesus, Matthew 26:74 says - "Then he began to curse and swear, saying, 'I do not know the Man!'" -- The Amplified Bible says he "began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear ..." -- The NIV says "he began to call down curses on himself ..."
---DoryLory on 11/17/05


Pt2
"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." (James 3:8)
---DoryLory on 11/17/05


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Swearing is asin because the bible tells us not to swear by heaven or the Lord's name b'cose it's his throne and he is in heaven and we are on earth.
---lucy on 11/17/05


Would we swear in front of Jesus if He were standing beside us? He is, in fact, standing with us, beside us, and in us.
---shira on 11/17/05


2 Timothy 2:16, "But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."
---Bruce5656 on 11/17/05


I would say that it is yes. To use any words, which in one's own society are considered swearing is bad, unneccessary and shows a total lack of personal control over the vocabulary we choose to use. There are enough decent words in any language without needing to dedgrade ourselves by using filthy, unpleasant or blasphemous words.
---M.A. on 11/17/05


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If it involves taking/speaking the name of the Lord in vain, then the answer is YES, it is a sin.
---Pierre on 11/16/05


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