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Why Is Cussing A Sin

I would like to see what you all think about cussing. Is cussing sinful? Are cuss words wrong?

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someone wrote people cuss for SHoCK value! I don't cuss for Shock value, I use to. I am 45 now and have had much healing in my life. My problem is that I still cuss! I am a closet cusser, and I hate it! It's usually when I am mad at myself. It comes out when I am trying to get something done and I fail or the resources I am using fail! I ask God to forgive me for wanting to be perfect and the world to be perfect for me! :( I trust that as I repent of this, He will deliver me and I will be free from cussing! I had a friend tell me, say "thank you Jesus!" I find myself repeating it in an attitude of praise to Him. But I can't seem to stop it from coming out, I really don't understand! please pray, Dee Joy
---Dee_Joy on 6/26/09

Matt:6-24 comes to mind and don't get me wrong, I know that all men are sinners but are some of you who cuss, curse or using profane language really concerned with having the fruit of the Spirit or are you offended by the threat to your profanity which you will-not let go of no matter what scripture in the bible is given to you?

Does profanity or whatever you call it coexist in harmony with meekness and joy?

Get Fruit!

Love ya, joe4993
---Joe_Fallon on 2/20/08

Dear "Secret",
much of the reason that people do is for the shock value. If you don't react so loudly, it won't be as fun!

2) TAKE THE VERBAL HIGH ROAD! Solomon said "...Do not answer a fool according to his folly." Interpret + respond to the translated statement, let them see how foolish it would be.

3)Pray for them!
4)RESPOND IN LOVE & Without Judgement.
5) Withness with FRIENDLY one-liners
---timotheus on 2/19/08

A story about salvation and cussing.
My wife witnesses to a man, man becomes contrite, begins to cry, and wants to be saved. My wife leads him in a sinners prayer. And this man went from one of the most horrible cussing people that you would ever hear to a person who never cusses. All this took place immediately after the men said the sinners prayer. And to this day, he is now 75 years old, he of the wonderment to all who know what happened.
---Mima on 2/19/08

We should have sufficient control over our vocabulary to not use swear words. The meaning of certain words vary from country to country so we should be careful to not assume that a word we would personally NOT use has exactly the same meaning to someone else, but words which are generally accepted as swear (cuss) words should not be coming out of our mouths.
---RitaH on 2/19/08

Foul mouth coming from a nasty or unclean spirit.
How do you serve the father of the foul mouth and serve the Almighty God at the same time? We are known by the words that we speak and every idle word will be judged.
---Bob on 2/18/08

And tell me where God told you to cuss, when you can show me that in the bible I will agree with you. He told Abraham to kill his Son if you do that you will be out of his will because he was talking to Abraham. He told Jesus to Die for the Sin of the world. But you can't do that. He told Noah to build an Ark, it would be ridiculous for all to do that. You have to rightly divide the word.
---exzucuh on 2/17/08

You want me to be mature. Mature as in rated x or Mature in Christ.

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world,

Is cussing Godly, Is it a witness that Christ is in you, The sons of Aaron thought fire was fire but died because they gave God the wrong
fire. You better give to God what he requires. And stop lying to people causing them to follow your ways of perdition.
---exzucuh on 2/17/08

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

All men are sinners because Adam ate fruit that God said not to eat. It was fruit, you think you can play down how vile cursing is
by reason, I think not, you better obey God
least the fruit of your lips be poison to your soul.
---exzucuh on 2/16/08

No, they can't be ... they are words, simply that. Words cannot hurt until YOU let them. If God is so incentive that "words" hurt Him, well!
---Chip on 2/15/08

umm i have one question ya, i think cussing is wrong and stuff but im just a kid it wrong to tell ur friends not to cuss when they do? and plz email me or something for a response
---secret on 2/11/08

Adam: great clarification man. Have a great day!
---j._the_nomad on 10/30/07

Yes, we agree on this issue. I'm just pointing out the definitions of the words crude and profane. Profanity is the degrading of the sacred or holy. Crude just means unrefined or blunt speech. God is always against profanity (such as taking the Lord's name in vain). But never against a certain list of words.
---Adam on 10/30/07

Adam: the point is that, in any other situation eating something like that would be sin under Levitical law. What he was told to eat was defiled. In reltation, some would think it profane to go around calling women dogs. Yet Jesus did this to one woman. So, are there certain situations that call for what some call "profanity"? Should the emphasis always be on the word, or the usage and motivation for it? I've read your other blogs. I think we agree on this issue.
---j._the_nomad on 10/30/07

That's not profane. That's crude. Big difference.
---Adam on 10/27/07

exzucuh: God also told Ezekiel to EAT the fig cakes after they were cooked over flaming cow dung. And HE DID! Also, at first God told Ezekiel to cook them over flaming HUMAN dung! Ezekiel refused so God gave him a break and said to cook it over cow dung instead. Tell me He doesn't have a sense of humor! I'd hate to be Ezekiel though.
---j._the_nomad on 10/26/07

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exzucuh: ever been to another country? I'd be careful how you talk if you do. It could be taken as cussing. Also, where is that list of banned words in the Bible? And what about when God told Ezekiel cook fig cakes over flaming cow dung? Wasn't that profane? Ezekiel thought so! Yet God used that illistrate the condition of Israel.
---j._the_nomad on 10/26/07


Of course we know when we or others are "cussing". We know that God knows when we are cussing. What we are saying is that "cussing" is not wrong.

Be more mature in your responses, please.

---Adam on 10/26/07

I know cussing when I hear it and so does God,who is very aware of your foolish watering down of his gospel. If you really believed in God you would stop speaking such nonsense, you are only proving that you don't believe in him by saying things contrary to the mind of Christ. Do you think God is stupid and does not know when someone is cussing? How old are you people are you grown. Am I talking to children?
---exzucuh on 10/25/07

Thanks Nicolette for your inspiring comments. Yes, God looks upon our hearts. Bottomline: We "all" one day have to stand before Him & give an account for everything we've "said" & done in this life.

Peace & God bless you Adam. :)
---Leon on 10/25/07

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Good point, Nicolette. Thanks :).
---Adam on 10/25/07

Hello Beautiful People. I believe, like everything else, it all boils down to the attitude of your heart. The most simple words can be profane if they are used to demean, degrade, humiliate and hurt. People can use the sweetest words to be sarcastic and facetious. Is that not considered "cussing", "profane", "vulgar" and "hurtful"? Just asking.
---Nicolette on 10/25/07


Um...there is a comparison. Jesus CURSED the tree. (Mark 11:21) In Genesis, God CURSED the serpent and the earth.(Genesis 3:14 & 17).

profanity [pruh-fan-i-tee] 1. the quality of being profane, IRREVERENCE.

cuss (k & #365,s)
To curse or curse at.

Totally different.
---Adam on 10/24/07

Adam: There's no comparison between what "sinless" Jesus said (Matt. 21:19) & cussing.

The only "distinction" between profanity & cussing is the spelling of the two words. Other than that, they're synonyms. Please, don't take my word for it. I know you won't.:) Look it up!

"...meaning he used vile or hateful speech." Hmmm! No matter how you try to spin it, it still sounds to me like Isaiah was publicly cussing (aka cursing).
---Leon on 10/24/07

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Um...that verse has nothing to do with what I'm saying. Satan told Eve to go against something God had commanded them not to. God has not commanded us not to use certain words. The Scriptures only tell us HOW not to USE our words.
---Adam on 10/24/07

There are proper ways to use "cuss" words,
---Adam on 10/23/07
The last time I heard this example was when Satan told Eve Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Confusing the importance of a statement made
even if it is life or death, can influence
people to make wrong decisions.
---exzucuh on 10/23/07


There is no conflict there. I never said there wasn't cursing back then, I said there wasn't a set list of "cuss" words back then.
---Adam on 10/23/07


"the prophet Isaiah struggled with profanity (cussing)"

Stop right there. You clearly don't understand the distinction between cussing and profanity. Cussing = cursing. Example, Jesus cursed a fig tree and it died. Profanity = degrading of the sacred or holy. Example, taking the Lord's name in vain is profanity. Cussing isn't profanity, and profanity isn't cussing.
It says Isaiah had unclean lips, meaning he used vile or hateful speech. Not because he used certain words.
---Adam on 10/23/07

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" you even know what cursing is?"

Adam: I grew up in urban/ghetto Upstate New York. As a child I learned to master the use of cuss words to intimidate, manipulate & dominate peers. Cuss (aka curse) words were a verbal precursor of my physical ability to fight. Also, during a 26 year military career, I occasionally used "in your face" cuss words to force my will upon others.

I know, all too well, what cursing is & thank God for delivering me. (Col. 3:5-8)
---Leon on 10/23/07

Very good Mima. Also, centuries before Peter, the prophet Isaiah struggled with profanity (cussing) before being delivered from it. (Is. 6:5-7)
---Leon on 10/23/07

Adam you wrote,"There were no such thing as cuss words back then. Someone in the last century or so decided that they didn't like a few certain words and labeled them as "cuss" words."---- but the Bible says in Mark 14:71. Speaking of Peter at the trial of Jesus,"But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak." Is there a conflict here?
---mima on 10/23/07

The problem is that, it's how these words came to be labeled "cuss" words. It all started because they were used commonly in a wrong way, and also because the people didn't like the "crudeness" of the word. (Scripture contains some very 'crude' words used in proper context, mind you). So they decided to be like the Pharisees, and add rules to God's Word that were never intended, thus putting burdens on people for years to come.
---Adam on 10/23/07

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"If you believe Christ was a cusser then by all means continue to cuss."

There were no such thing as cuss words back then. Someone in the last century or so decided that they didn't like a few certain words and labeled them as "cuss" words.

There are proper ways to use "cuss" words, without using them in a negative or sinful way. I gave examples in a post, but the mod decided not to post it.
---Adam on 10/23/07

"Cuss" words are just "subtitutes" for other words. If you consider the word "behind" a sinful word, then I guess it's subtitute would be sinful to you also (although scripture doesn't condemn ANY set list of words).
---Adam on 10/23/07

Cussing is wrong anyway you may slice it.
---catherine on 10/23/07

The words by themselves may not matter much, but there can be the included offenses > including how we "might" somehow be complaining when we use a cuss word > it says, "Do all things without complaining and disputing," (Philippians 2:14) I'd say usually a cuss is expressing a complaint and/or lack of respect, etc. - - something not how God has us satisfied and "giving thanks always for all things to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:20).
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/23/07

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Perhaps the answer can be found in Philippians 4:27 "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:" what is your relationship with Christ? If you believe Christ was a cusser then by all means continue to cuss.
---Mima on 10/23/07


First, do you even know what cursing is? It is not saying certain words, it is using those words in a certain way. You can curse without using one single "cuss" word.
---Adam on 10/23/07

There was a time when cussing was taboo, especially in public. Today, you hear men, women and children using the F word every other word. I hang around a lot of young people and hear girls as young as nine or ten just cussing up a storm - cussing that would even embarrass a die-hard sailor.
---Steveng on 10/22/07

It all depends on how the cuss words are meant and to whon they are said . I do not approve of cuss words that take the name of God in vain. That is so wrong and disrespectful to God.
---Marlena on 10/22/07

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It all depends on how the cuss words are meant and to whon they are said . I do not approve of cuss words that take the name of God in vain. That is so wrong and disrespectful to God.
---Marlena on 10/22/07

Are we forgetting that Christ was warm,gentle and loving to all Men? I feel that if people swear,cuss up & down, Whoops! It shows that a person has a lack of Character and was "raised in a Barn" not a Home. Read "We serve in the New way of the Spirit"(Rom.7:6).

Let's speak,and act,as though we were imitators of Christ.
---rosem4839 on 10/22/07

Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Blessings or cursings.

Special efficacy attached to the blessing and cursing by Moses, and by Aaron, by the priests and the Prophets in general, and also by a father for family - benefit or injury.
---Bob on 10/22/07

Blessing or cursing did not involve the use of empty words but real power, the word once pronounced was no more under the control of the speaker and accomplished its mission. Jacob's deceit, as well as the story of Balaam. Even in later times the possibility seemed dreadful that Balaam, instead of blessing, might have cursed. Jacob proves that blessing and cursing did not always rest on moral grounds.
---Bob on 10/22/07

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Goliath cursed David "by his gods" and Balak wanted Balaam to curse the Israelites, the enemies of Moab because cursing was supposed to move the divine power for the injury of the enemy. Severe punishment was inflicted on those who cursed their parents.

In early times it was the belief that a father by his blessings or his curses determined the fate of his son. Proverbs declares that "the causeless curse" will not be fulfilled.
---Bob on 10/22/07

"It's not a sin to use cuss [curse] words. It is wrong to use any words in wrong ways. Such as in a hateful or vile manner."

Ahhh Adam, you do realize you're talking out of both sides of your mouth simultaneously? There aren't any right ways to use curse words in a loving & wholesome (clean) manner? (Jas. 3:1-12)
---Leon on 10/22/07

---Adam on 10/20/07It's not a sin to use cuss words

Cussing is a sin and a worse sin is to be a heritic , that will bring the curse of the Law and shut the mouth of the gainsayer. Sickness and death comes from the curse of the Law, the power of life and death is in the tongue. Satan decieves people to kill themselves with their own tongue to break the Law and be under the curse, If you operate in sin you are not repentant, you are rebellious, and the wrath of God is upon the children of rebellion.
---exzucuh on 10/22/07

It is not just cussing that is bad, what we say about others, rumors and damaging remarks can really hurt people. If you cuss, try not doing it, if you have a problem stoping then it is a problem. Would you use curse words in front of Jesus? Perhaps you can answer your own question!
---Doug on 10/22/07

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Leon: "If they're not filthy and vile than what are they?"

They are words. Just like every other word. They have meanings, and can be used in proper context.


Read the scripture again. It says it's not what goes in the body but what comes out of a man's HEART. Even if it was what came out of his mouth, there is nothing vile about cuss words themselves. It's not a sin to use cuss words. It is wrong to use any words in the wrong ways. Such as in a hateful or vile manner.
---Adam on 10/20/07

Cussing reveals the guile that is in your heart
it is not what goes in that defiles but what comes out of your heart, A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in any of his thoughts. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
---exzucuh on 10/20/07

Profanity is corrupt communication.Any thing
that is corrupt is sinful.It was originated
BY satan and taken up by those that are not
eduacted in the good graces of God.
Don't spit in the wind, and don't speak when you can get caught up in your own words of
---Jack on 10/19/07

Let us take a stroll together down the road of James 3:9..... Therewith bless we God, even the Father, and therewith CURSE WE MEN, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? PART 1
---Whisper on 10/19/07

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PART 2 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive beries? Either a vine figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This widom descendeth not from above, but is EARTHLY, SENSUAL, DEVILISH. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
---Whisper on 10/19/07

PART 3 For where*****ENVYING***** & ******STRIFE********is there is confusion and ((((EVERY EVIL WORK)))). But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

---Whisper on 10/19/07

The bible says it's not what goes in the mouth that sin it's what comes out of the mouth that is sin Why in the world would a person that claims to know the Lord won't to cuss we are to live a holy life.The Bible also says you can tell them buy the fruit they bare.meaning a christain
---Betty on 10/19/07

If not "filthy & vile", just what is cussing (cursing, speaking curses) Adam? Certainly it's not a characteristic Christians should embrace. Are you a Christian Adam?

Please read Caring, Jody & Trish's comments on this blog.
---Leon on 10/19/07

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Bad analogy. You imply that cussing is filthy and vile, and yet have not proven anything yet. Of course a pastor shouldn't spew filthy things. Neither should anyone. What I'm saying is there is no set list of words condemned in the Bible. Words are words. No word is worse than an other, although they may represent something worse than an other. It is the intent and the usage that matters.
---Adam on 10/18/07

Robyn: it does matter what we say and I was not contesting that. However, the cursing the Bible talks about is placing actual curses on people. That is sinuful, no doubt. However, some words are more culture sensitive. If your toddler was to say "mommy I have to poop" you would not be offended. If he used another word beginning with "s-h", you would scold him. Though they mean the same thing, one is profane in our culture.
---J. on 10/18/07

Adum & Andrea: Help me understand. The two of you have decided what is acceptable versus non-acceptable cussing (cursing) regardless of what the Bible says. Is that right? :)
---Leon on 10/18/07

J: If your post is true. Let your pastor stand in front of the pulpit on Sundays and begin to cuss and spew all type filth out of his mouth. That church would probably empty so quick, your head would swoon. It matters what we say, when and how we say things. Tone also matters when we are speaking. That is why preachers preach. There is more weight and power to their words. Don't be fooled.
---Robyn on 10/18/07

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To me I believe cussing or using bad language is a sin for a Christian. The bible says it is wrong using curse words. Jesus told Peter that he would deny him three times. Right then Peter got huffed up and said he'd do no such thing. When asked for the third time if Peter knew Jesus, he cursed and denied that he did. He heard the cock crow and right then he was condemned, convicted. So yeah using curse words is a sin.
---Rebecca_D on 10/17/07

I agree with Adam. I would add that any term
of or about God used as a curse word is what I consider cussing.
I choose not to cuss bc it is coarse but four letter words are not as important as a four letter heart.
---Andrea on 10/17/07

Cussing is not sinful. It is how you use words and the intent of them that matters, not what the words are. You can do just as much or more damage by not using cuss words. It is all in the use. Scripture never condemns a set list of words. Tell me what is vile about cussing? Most of the words are just subtitutes for real words, not vile ones either.
---Adam on 10/17/07

Robyn, although cussing shows ignorance, some of the worst offenders I know are very educated, while I know many simple, uneducated people with gentle, loving sweet natures. Such generalizations are danerous.
---christina on 10/17/07

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Candice has a point. It is best to remain silent and to be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt! In my opinion Cussing itself is not sinful BUT point the hateful vile words at a person and you can destroy them and that is a sin.
---charles on 10/17/07

Absolutely Adam cussing is sin. When we became a new creature in Christ, old things passed away, all things are new, and that includes your vocabulary as well. People should have more respect for each other , but you rarely see that anymore. These are perilous times that we are living in, and it is getting worse all the time.
---Cynthia on 10/16/07

Cussing is for the ignorant and uneducated. Someone who cannot communicate well. They usually have a very small vocabulary and a small brain to match. Cussing is unladylike and unmanly for anyone to engage in. We should learn to communicate better and reach people without resorting to something as vile and low as cussing.
---Robyn on 10/16/07

Yes. God tells us not to have a vile thing come from our lips, no swearing, or anything evil. Though it's a bad habit to break, iti s better to replace bad words with funny words, or not say anything at all.
---Candice on 10/16/07

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Cursing is a matter of culture rather than morality. For instance, in England crossing ones fingers is equivilant to our middle finger. Or using the word "bloody" would be "UnChristian" in England, but in the states its something we use to imitate the British accent and dialect. As Christians we are to be sensitive to this as it relates to our surroundings, but there is nothing sinful about the sounds that come from our mouths in and of themselves.
---J. on 10/16/07

You know they are. It shows a lack of vocabulary. Anyone who misuses God's name will be punished.
---catherine on 10/16/07

Cussing does nothing but show ignorance.
---Susie on 10/16/07

Curse (cuss) words are hellish spells vehemently spoken by pagans (heathen: unsaved people) to manipulate, intimidate & dominate other people.
---Leon on 10/16/07

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Cussing is a colloquial word for cursing. Cursing by God is definetely a sin. Cursing people is showing lack of love which is also a sin.
---Caring on 10/16/07

The Bible teaches much about the words which come from our mouths. re cursing, we are not to swear by anything,period. Aslo we are not to let vain babblings come out of our mouths. Our speach is to be pure and becomming to Christ. Our Yes is to be Yes and our No to be No. We are not even suppose to joke harshly. The tongue is able to creat life and death and no man can tame it.
---jody on 10/16/07

Ephesians says "Let no unwholesome talk proceed out of your mouth, except that which is useful for the edification of others" That means we should refrain from cursing.
---Trish9863 on 10/16/07

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