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Should Christians Use Curse Words

Should christians use the language of the world? (ie: cursing)

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 ---patra on 7/25/05
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I worked with a lady one time and she was just down right hateful. She cursed, and at break time she went outside and smoked and she was just not a very nice person. I guess I worked with her for about 2 years and one day she said something about her preacher. I asked a co-worker-Does this women go to church? My freind said "Why yes, she has been going for years." You really hurt your witness when you do things like curse.
---angea4937 on 1/2/10

No we should not use the language of the world but the fact is: we sometimes do. Confess it,repent and ask God to help you to do better. We live in a fallen and sin-filled world. The world is going to soil Christians, at some point in their walk with Christ. This is why confession,repentance,mercy and grace is so important to a Christian.
---Robyn on 12/27/09

A person who curses tells many things about himself.
He tells everyone that:
1. Quite likely he is not a Christian.
2. He has a limited vocabulary.
3. He is self-centered and doesn't care who he might offend.
4. He might be a person who has self-control issues.

Don't think nobody notices.
EVERYBODY notices and judges you accordingly, though they may never mention it aloud.
---Donna66 on 10/19/09

You shouldn't curse, You should use proper alternatives. Confess right away so it doesn't become a habit.
---Angel11 on 10/18/09

medeiros--- Do you really believe that //the crusades slavery witch trials indian slaughter etc was all suported or unchalenged we were to busy not saying the F word // ?

There are some interesting and rather complex historical reasons why these events occurred.
The crusades probably would NOT have happened if Christians had been wrapped up in mundane issues.
Witch trials occurred because Christians were misled, NOT negligent.
I don't have time to examine the other events but, be assured they were NOT completely supported or unchallenged. The study of History can be fascinating. Try it!

You make a good point, but relate it to what's happening today.
---Donna66 on 10/17/09

Cursing is not the best way to communicate to others. For christians or non-christians. It is the sign of much deeper problems when someone constantly curses and swears all of the time. But sometimes we(christians) can and do slip into sins. This is the purpose of confession,repentance and forgiveness from the Father. Please read all of I John in its entirety.Also Galatians for further proof and comfort for the soul. This book was written for Christians who are struggling with perfection and think christians never sin. God says something different. I believe God's report rather than man.
---Robyn on 10/17/09

Christians should NOT cuss. Proverbs 8:13, Colossians 3:8, Ephesians 4:29.
---Leslie on 8/19/09

This is really a Rom 12:2 issue:

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect"

We christians should stand out and actually control speech in the opposite way.

I have been in a group of worldly people and eventually the language will turn "colorful". When it does someone eventually realizes I am there and apologizes for their bad language.

We should have this kind of effect on every area of our lives.
---Mark_Eaton on 8/19/09

The Bible says no corrupt communication should come forth out of your mouth.
---Lois on 8/18/09

Most of the verses you guys post are talking about the context of your speach, not the words you use.Read col 2 about people that make rules where they don't exist in scripture. No you shouldn't cuss, it's not a sin. Yes it could be a sin as much as any word could be if used with the wrong message behind it. If you teach people this behavior is part of being a christian, what other WORKS do you teach them they must do for grace? This is an unholy theological redherring that is a shadow of what is important in the faith.
---B-rad on 8/18/09

Definitely not. God is a holy God, and He hates ugly, blasphemous, vulgar language.
---Betty on 4/27/09

Perhaps, the following verses apply: Matthew 12:36 - idle word, 1Corinthians 6:12, 20 - glorify, Ephesians 4:29 - corrupt communication, 5:4 (!), 1Thessalonians 5:22 - abstain, and Proverbs 15:4 / James 1:26 - the tongue. You could probably fit in Romans 14 as well. Though, "What would Jesus do". Deservedly, he insulted the Pharisees in Matthew 23, etc.

---Glenn on 4/26/09

feel bad for the person whos heart hurts when they hear a curse.Good thing there are Christians out there who can handle it how else would they be able to work with prostitutes gangs drug users,power we put in words we have deemed inexcusable is shamefuly ignorant, we are so out of touch. As Christians we seriously need to get over ourselves no wonder the crusades slavery witch trials indian slaughter etc was all suported or unchalenged we were to busy not saying the F word Im ashamed of our priority's
---medeiros on 2/18/07

Any word spoken in anger, malice, etc., is worse than "cursing". Are we not ALL guilty of "Vain and Profane Babblings"? I may NEVER say the S or F word, but vainly babble more than any cussing sailor out there. I could LITERALLY say to someone, "boogedy!!", and in my heart be expressing anger..that would be worse than someone saying, "I'm going s**t". Let's get off our pedastals and get back to reality. Get back to the context of Scripture, and the Words of Christ.
---LastDaysSouljah on 1/10/06

P.S. As Christians we are called to "speak with new tongues." (Mark 16:17) That is, say what God would have us to say according to His Word. Also, read & study Eph. 4:14-15 & James 1:26; 3:5-12.
---Leon on 8/18/05

cursing is bad, and should be avoided if you have a single doubt dont do it, but also understand that cursing is much more than using those select words that have been considered curse words mainly due to their origins, of other languages or perversions of our own but in my opinion, anything someone says without thought, and in surprise or anger, is a curse, even if it is an otherwise accepted word, or even not a real word at all, so using the words calmly, in their context, i dont see as being truly bad
---Jack on 8/7/05

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Patra your question is quite valid and I'm glad you came back with an explanation of what concerns you. I think that in this situation it would have been better to tell her you were shocked at her choice of words. The fact that she is a Sunday School teacher does not necessarily mean she knew it was wrong. I was a SST for 2 years before being saved and I'm sure there are others in that position. Pray for her yes but speak to her about it also. You don't want your children hearing such things.
---F.F. on 7/30/05

Well, knowing me I would not say anything but pray for her. I dont like confrontations or telling people that they're wrong. She is a Sunday school teacher, she already knows she was wrong.
ps: your question was just fine.
---sue on 7/29/05

For others who are interested: My daughter's sunday school teacher used profanity in conversation with me this week. I was very disappointed in her but assume God has not convicted her of this yet. How would you have responded to this person (ignore the profanity or show my concern?)
---patra on 7/29/05

Lupe, no offense intended, but if you find my question uninteresting there is no need for a response.
---patra on 7/29/05

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when you have the Holy Spirit living within you, He makes it possible that you do not even desire to speak as such. In Christ you are a new creation old things have passed away. Even to hear others use foul language makes my heart ache.
---cyndi on 7/29/05

Sister Patra, you knew the answer to that one already. why not post something that will make us all run to the books to look for. that would be more interesting.
---lupe2618 on 7/29/05

I'm puzzled as to why anyone would want to. Whatever language we speak surely there are enough words to convey what we wish to say to someone whether we are happy, sad, cross or whatever. Resorting to gutter language lets us down and makes us seem quite unintelligent I think and it is certainly a bad witness.
---Xanthi on 7/28/05

I think you already knew the answer before you asked it. Anything that brings shame to you or another, especially when it is God and the Lord Jesus Christ, why do it? All our actions "SHOULD" bring glory to our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
---geraa7578 on 7/27/05

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No. Bless, and curse not.
---Eloy on 7/27/05

Well think of this, every word that comes out of our mouth we will be judged accordingly. this should make a person think twice before opening their mouth.
---Rebecca_D on 7/27/05

Just remember that swearing is "the attempt of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully"
---1st_cliff on 7/26/05

No one should curse, Christian or otherwise. It shows a total lack of respect for self and others, is a terrible habit and represents one's ignorance of language. If you can't speak without cursing, consider taking an English course. There are better ways to express yourself than foul language.
---Fran on 7/26/05

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NO! Never! Our speech is to be pure and noble, that of an ambassador for Christ.
---Pierr7958 on 7/26/05

1 Timothy 6:20, "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, AVOIDING VAIN AND PROFANE BABBLINGS..."
I don't know any better words to describe the language we hear every day from the world.
What I find realy tragic however is Christians who use God's name in vain "My God", "My Lord" etc. I am talking about when these are just expressions not a prayer!
---Bruce5656 on 7/26/05

No!!! Before being saved, I used "curse" words to manipulate, intimidate & dominate others. In my opinion, cussing is nothing short of speaking spells. Curse words are extremely harmful to hearers as well as to persons who spew verbal filth. (See Is. 6:5-7 & Mk. 16:17)
---Leon on 7/26/05

NO! It's all about respect for yourself and other people.
I get so embarrassed when my neices or nephews use bad words in front of my mother...when I was young I would have NEVER cussed in front of my grandmother!
---sue on 7/26/05

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"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone" Col 4:6
"out of the abandance of the heart, the mouth speaks."
As Christians we follow the example given to us by Jesus, so we ought to ask ourselves, "what would Jesus do?" would He curse?
---mabu on 7/26/05

I said seem bigger and better. Just like the other person responded, it means a person lacks the knowledge of correct (continued) language usage or simply has a smaller vocabulary if they continually rely on those words instead of simple English words. Just my thoughts. It helped me and this blog has too. Thanks! (sorry so long)
---Chellie on 7/26/05

(continued)yes be yes and your no be no. To me, that meant any other words used to make my simple words any stronger were unneccesary and therefore wasteful and not to the glory of God. I have referred to this in my head many times when my tongue wanted to take over. I always try to think of a more precise, to-the-point way to say what I mean. Using curse words was always a way to make what (continued again)
---Chellie on 7/26/05

This is the one that stopped me from cursing after I became a Christian. I had a hugely bad habit. James 5:12 says,"But above all things, my brethren, SWEAR not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation." I know that this in context is talking about oaths, however, if you think about says let your (contintued)
---Chellie on 7/26/05

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I have heard christians curse a lot, but that just tells me they don't have a very good testimony for others. Who would want to call themselves a child of God who curses like the devil? Not me.
---shira_5965 on 7/26/05

Glad to hear there are others who also believe God has set us apart from this world (be not conformed). I, myself, do not curse but I hear others using language that to me is not appropriate and these are professing christians. God is their judge....not me. What is your definition of cursing?
---patra on 7/26/05

No! While you have lots of scripture to back up not cursing, the one I like is Eph. 4:29. Along with this, from the secular view, it shows a lack of not knowing how to express themselves in the English language correctly. So instead, they just use a cuss word or foul langage. (After while it becomes a bad habit.)
---Ray on 7/25/05

Ephesians 4:29Do 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.
---Madison on 7/25/05

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As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:14-16
---It_should_be_obvious on 7/25/05

No. though we are not perfect & some people curse, we should not say anything in vain.
---candice on 7/25/05

We as Christians are not to do anything that could cause another brother to fall. We are supposed to set the example, and cursing is NOT setting an example. So definently not!
---Zoe on 7/25/05

We are to watch what comes out of our mouths and make sure it glorifies God. Cursing is blastfimy and should never ever be used by believers. We have to be a part of this world but we are not to live and speak like them. We are to stand out as being different in our language, hearts and souls. Our actions and words are to set us apart from the world.
---Marla on 7/25/05

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