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Not Take God's Name In Vain

Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

How do you understand this commandent?

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---Mark_V. on 1/16/13
good post
---francis on 1/16/13


francis, the passages in (Exo. 20:7), refers to people who use God's name in such a way as to bring disrespect upon His character or deeds is to irreverently misuse His name. It is to call into question His existence since the guilty party evidently had no further thought of the God whose name he had used to improve his integrety. By using His name in vain, a person builds his own integrety and deminishes God's integrety and character.
For the believer in the Church however the use of the name of God is not needed verification of his intention and trustworthy since his life is to exhibit truth on all occasions, with his "yes" been "yes" and his "no" been "no." (Matt. 5:37: James 5:12).
---Mark_V. on 1/16/13


If Bill Gates adopted me and gave me his name. And if I was to take the Gates name and live like a poor, desperate bum on the side of the road with a beggers' sign begging for a buck and cigarettes by the road side, then I HAVE TAKEN THE NAME OF BILL GATES "IN VAIN". There are benefits to taking that name.
"In vain" means... for no reason. Or... not for the intended purpose.

Taking the name YHVH(Jehovah) in vain is a gazillion times worse than the Bill Gates example!
The best of us Christians are GUILTY of this act every single day.
Me and you included!

"Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget none of His benefits..."
---Legends on 1/15/13


Christians ought to shun minced oaths such as Gee, Gosh, and Golly. People takes the Lord's name in vain by several ways: 1>Hypocrisy, 2>Covenant-breaking, 3.> Rash swearing, 4.>False swearing. [God certainly is a long-suffering God] However,It is not limitless unto the wicked....Magistrates, who punish other offenses, may not consider these offenses important because it does not offer injury either to private property, or the public peace. The perpetrator may pronounce himself not guilty in these offenses. God will not. And they will find it a "fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God".
---pat on 1/13/13


We take God's in vain, [1] By hypocrisy, [2] By covenant-breaking, [3] By rash swearing, mentioning the name of God as a by-word, to no purpose at all, or to no good purpose [you see a lot of people doing this today], [4] By false swearing.
---pat on 11/17/12




Hello,much respect francis for.put this one,some people I have seen even in the old church more liberal really think.the.guy.was not evil.but he explain he was from s very.small Island and mostly hot & farm.animals, never did they.venture out.I explained.later there are basic.loving folks here but just next time remember you are in the presence of God and you will remember Him, think about how he keeps you safe.from.point A to B snd you will love Him and no more mess up God's name... he liked my idea and smiled when he tempted to say again.
Love agape
---ELENA on 11/7/12


char on 10/9 and 10/10

Agree. I see that some of what you posted today,10/16, on a now closed blog, is also posted here. All good!
---chria9396 on 10/16/12


Strongaxe, you gave very good answers to the blog question. I totally agree with you. Some Christians still use His name in many cases, but are learning as time goes on to not do it. As they are convicted, they are changing. The lost use His name in vain so many times, even in the movies, to either trample on His name, or just to add to the story.
Another good case is cussing. Many were so use to cussing as I was, and then suddenly I stopped. God just took that away from me. The use of His name in vain I never used but many who are believers did at one time, that will change if they are truly born of God.
---Mark_V. on 10/15/12


I have always understood 'taking the Lord's name in vain' refers to offensive usage of the names God, Jesus, Christ, Lord etc.

Most of us will know people who will use these words to emphasise things by saying "Oh God, yes" when just the one word "yes" was the correct answer. Or people will say "Christ Almighty" in anger because they have stubbed their toe or hit their thumb with a hammer.

Strangely it is usually unbelievers who do that but I've heard Christians do it also who should know better.

I have NEVER heard anyone using the names Allah, Buddha, Krishna etc. in those ways.

Satan tempts us to break God's rules. The rules of false religions don't trouble Satan at all.
---Rita_H on 10/14/12


yes, mike that is the very core of vanity. using God's literal name for your own purpose like swearing is just a small subset of using God's character (name) in vain.
---aka on 10/10/12




another prespective is this: using god name to exploit people. when you hear pat robertson do his yearly predictions he uses the word god in putting fear when the democrats are elected.
---mike on 10/10/12


Is 43:10-12
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he:

(before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
I, even I, am the LORD, and beside me there is no saviour.)

I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

[Nun]:Sprouting seed- continue, heir, son
Ps 119:105
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path
---char on 10/10/12


//Chria9396 on 10/6/12// -Agree.

God confirms-His Word.Jn8:18,26-32,1Cor 2,1Jn5

The Word of YaH...Saves

Savior (Y sh a)
Expressed origin of God (Word of YaH)
Y sh a: YaH deliever, rescue

Aleph to Tav:
Yod: Arm/Hand meaning: Work
Shin:Two front Teeth meaning: sharp,eat,two,Devour
Ayin: Eye-meaning: see/watch/know

Yeshua/ (Aramaic),
Yehoshuah/Ysha (Hebrew)
Iesus (Greek)
Jesus (Latin)

Emmanuel: God with us Matt1:23

Psalm 89:10 You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil
Act4:12
---char on 10/9/12


Taking God's name in vain means using it superficially, to use it to lend legitimacy to something that isn't legitimate, e.g. "I swear to God", or "As God is my witness", "Honest to God", "Thus saith the LORD" etc.

By attaching God's name to something base, you try to raise that thing up to God's level, but instead, you end up drag God's name into disrespect. For example, many people leave the church because they see "godly" people doing things in God's name, which they KNOW aren't godly - so they reason that if "God's representatives" aren't good, God can't be good either.

It is better to be thrown into the sea with a stone around your neck than do that to someone.
---StrongAxe on 10/9/12


\\vain is from vanity. vanity is easy for the head to understand, yet hard for the heart to accept.\\
---aka on 10/8/12

//good stuff.
---James_L on 10/9/12///

Well stated,

Praise God for His mercy and grace.
*Repentance unto remission*
---char on 10/9/12


char,
bless you.

Follower, I agree with your last post


\\vain is from vanity. vanity is easy for the head to understand, yet hard for the heart to accept.\\
---aka on 10/8/12

good stuff.
---James_L on 10/9/12


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//---James_L on 10/7/12//
//---Follower_of_Christ on 10/8/12//

Brothers,
I see you both as shedding light on this subject.

What I have received is...

James_L - bearing witness identifying - the seed...

and

Follower of Christ - identifying - a fruit sprung from it.

Does that make sense?

I thank-you both for your insight.

Blessings to you,
Shalom
---char on 10/8/12


Char thank you for your information and study! it is refreshing to see someone who is here rightly dividing the word of God, and whether we ever agree or disagree in future posts or topics I appreciate you for sharing to impart better understanding for all. I found the phrase "profane my name" or holy name, as God was speaking of how to refer to him, and used that in my study of taking his name in vain too.

Ezekiel 43:8 "... they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed ..."

by the actions we take we can also be careless with the name of God
---Follower_of_Christ on 10/8/12


\\One way we may take God's name in vain is by acting in an unchristian like manner.\\
---francis on 10/5/12

I haven't met too many people who understand this.
---James_L on 10/7/12

vain is from vanity. vanity is easy for the head to understand, yet hard for the heart to accept.
---aka on 10/8/12


\\....no different than the wicked who misuse his holy name without regard.\\
---Follower_of_Traditions on 10/8/12

That's why your view fails. You would accuse those wicked people of taking God's name in vain, when they haven't taken it at all.

The Christian who steals is taking God's name in vain. The unbeliever who steals is not taking God's name in vain.

The same can be said for the believer vs unbeliever who would fornicate, lie, murder, hate, become a glutton, gossip, etc.

When a child of God acts in a way that brings shame to his Father's Name, it is taken it in vain.
---James_L on 10/8/12


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//Follower_of_Christ on 10/8/12//

It is for this reason, I agree with your statement (I only shortened for 125wd/min)

//misusing Gods name you demonstrate no respect when telling a profane joke or using vulgar language while saying his holy name [...]//

Your statement agrees with the Hebrew words [shem] [la-shva].
Hebraic perspective:a perception/view of the Hebrew people.
Word of God-aleph/tav.
[Shem] character of the individual
[la]prefix (to/for)
[sh-ve]having a base word meaning (emptiness/falseness)

1Kgs 4:31
For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his (fame[shem]) was in all the nations round about.

Shalom
---char on 10/8/12


The literal meaning of "Not taking His name is vain" is to "Not represent his character in a false manner."

Expression: "Having a good name" is not about the name but character.


somewhat true, however by misusing Gods name you demonstrate no respect when telling a profane joke or using vulgar language while saying his holy name. Not only do you misrepresent his holy perfect character, in the process, you are no different than the wicked who misuse his holy name without regard. a very difficult understanding even for some Christians here who claim they can profess and carelessly misuse Gods name violating the sanctity of it and wrongly say they are not taking his name in vain.
---Follower_of_Christ on 10/8/12


\\You have some good points....\\---francis on 10/7/12

ditto, francis.


\\One way we may take God's name in vain is by acting in an unchristian like manner.\\
---francis on 10/5/12

I haven't met too many people who understand this.
---James_L on 10/7/12


char and Chria9396

good stuff.

Maybe there are more who understand this than I realized.
---James_L on 10/7/12


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//-James_L on 10/6/12//----I Love this!

Hebrew: [Shem] #8034
English: (Name)

Hebrew: [sheva] #7723
English: (Vain/empty, actions are empty of substance)

With the Hebraic Language both [Elohyim] (God) and ([YHWH/ Yahweh], the LORD, [Yehovah])...are traits.

[YHWH] meaning (one who exists)
[Elohyim] meaning (one who has power and authority)
[Shem] literally means (character)

Ancient Hebrew culture [shem] is not just a name, but the very breath of the individual.

The literal meaning of "Not taking His name is vain" is to "Not represent his character in a false manner."

Expression: "Having a good name" is not about the name but character.

Shalom
---char on 10/7/12


--James_L on 10/6/12

You have some good points, and good biblical reasoning on this topic
---francis on 10/7/12


\\anytime you use the name of God in a profane manner you have taken his name in vain. Add his name to a joke....\\
---Follower_of_Traditions on 10/6/12


That is nothing but tradition and superstition.

Ever heard of God adressing those who use His name in a sentence?

Ever heard of God addressing those who are "Called By My Name" ??

One is in scripture, the other is not.

Proverbs 30:8-9
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me:
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and Take The Name Of My God In Vain
---James_L on 10/6/12


" One has to kow what it means to take God's Name before he can know what it means to take it in vain."

Agree.

Something to keep in mind in relation to many things such as "wherever 2 or more are gathered IN HIS NAME..."
---Chria9396 on 10/6/12


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the name of God is holy.

anytime you use the name of God in a profane manner you have taken his name in vain. Add his name to a joke, or within a joke, use vulgar language around his name you have taken his name in vain. Whenever you carelessly use his name you have taken his name in vain. His name should only be used in the most holy of settings, and whenever you are speaking of his word, or in prayer, or about him and his ways. We live in a world where anything goes, and it is difficult to break this habit when everyone around you smears Gods name often throughout their day.
---Follower_of_Christ on 10/6/12


One has to kow what it means to take God's Name before he can know what it means to take it in vain.

Taking God's Name doesn't mean using the word "God" in a sentence. Therefore, taking His Name in vain has nothing to do with adding a cuss word behind it.


To take His Name is to associate with, or to call oneself by, His Name. When one takes His Name, and then doesn't honor it, then he has taken it in vain.


Does your light shine? Do people see Christ in you? Will our Lord say to you "Well done" ?

if not, you have taken His Name in vain.
---James_L on 10/6/12


1C 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand,
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain.

I have always felt it indicated believing God for the wrong reasons, and claiming allegiance at the same time.
---Phil on 10/6/12


God's name is not "God"or "Lord"
Jesus' name is not "Christ"
A name is who you are not what you are!
---1st_cliff on 10/6/12


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When liberals call themselves Christians. That goes beyond taking Christ's name in vain. That is downright blasphemous.
---Jed on 10/5/12


One way we may take God's name in vain is by acting in an unchristian like manner.

When w say we are christians, and our actions show otherwise, then we have taken God,s name in vain

1 Timothy 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and [his] doctrine be not blasphemed.
---francis on 10/5/12


don't equate your actions thoughts, preferences, desires, etc. without very specfic and very prayerful consideration. For example, do not say lightly "God told me to ...". or "God cannot use ... ". You are basicly saying I know more than God.
---Scott1 on 10/5/12


The commandment teaches that we should not misuse the name of our Lord. Related scripture is found in Romans 2:23-24,and James 5:12 and Jesus'teaching on this is found at Matthew 5:33-37, 6:9, and 23:16-22.

We are here to help you Frnacis if you have a problem with what comes out of your mouth.
---elee7537 on 10/5/12


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