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Is Cussing Sinful

I know taking the Lord's name in vain is a sin. Are other forms of cussing a sin and why?

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all cursing is vain, but not all taking God's name in vain is cursing.
---aka on 1/8/11

Jam 3:5-10 ...the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity...that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell...But the tongue can no man tame, [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 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.
1Pet 3:8-11 ...courteous...blessings...refrain his tongue...speak no peace...
Mat 12:31-37 ...abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks...every idle word...give account...
---micha9344 on 1/8/11

As has already been pointed out, Ss Peter (who was a fisherman, after all) and St. Paul were not above using a salty expression or two themselves, and some are recorded in the Bible.

Did they sin thereby, leslie?
---Cluny on 1/8/11

Bridling the tongue, and having the habit or routine of speaking words that are clean is much better than speaking carelessly and dirty. A person's choice of speach that they speak can reflect either positively or negatively upon their character.
---Eloy on 1/9/11

ALL cussing is sin according to the Bible - this is because you are breaking God's law and NOT living holy as He is holy. Colossians 3:8
---Leslie on 1/8/11

PROVERBS 8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth: and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

PROVERBS 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness, there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
---RICHARD on 1/8/11

Well it is sinful.
We do see Peter and Paul as well as some in the OT cussing. But it is not a good thing even when we get angry.


"If you must Cuss. Do it out in the barn or among the Cows and the Horses".
---John on 1/7/11

Golly, I hope not...
---Patrick on 1/7/11

In the old way of worship (old testament), the Israelites had to repeatedly make sacrifices to God in order to be cleansed, but now that Jesus was glorified (John 7:39), Jesus is our FINAL (once and for all) cleansing.

"Sin" has no more SPIRITUAL meaning to those who live spiritually INside Jesus's body. We can still "sin against" (violate) fashion/dress codes, table manners, codes of etiquette, etc., but cannot "spiritual" sin.

Hebrews 10:2
"no longer have any consciousness of sin".

Ephesians 2:15
"by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments..."...and also the rules (ordinances) of 'properness'/propriety.
---more_excellent_way on 9/13/09

I would have to say that cursing is a manifested result that sin is present in the life of the one doing it. We always focus on the act and the real issue is with the heart, Proverbs 15:23. God is looking at our heart, and we should be examining it as well. When the heart is healthy, the speech and deeds will be too.
---Cynthia on 9/13/09

ALL cussing is a sin (Colossians 3:8, Proverbs 8:13).
---Leslie on 7/30/09

Any one that has to ask, what is a sin? Does not have the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit is Given to believers so they can see the Kingdom of God. Seeing the Kingdom means having the mind of Christ. If you have the mind of Christ you know what to do and how to please the Father God. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles the man but what comes out.
Let no filthy communication come out of you let your Yea be Yea and your Nay be Nay. A well is either good water or bad and a good tree has good fruit and a bad tree bad. If the window of the soul , the eye is evil, the whole man is evil, meaning your point of view or opinion.
---exzucuh on 7/28/09

Psa 26:9
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

Zec 9:6

2Kings 8:27

I don't know that I can post the others but three of the worst cuss words are written in bible are they written by the Translators thay are they words people take and cuss people?
---Carla3939 on 7/27/09

Amen Melinda :) We need a lot more amazing grace on some of these blogs--they get harsh sometimes--sometimes way too harsh. We need more grace--bless you dear for reminding us. :)
---Mary on 5/31/09

Hebrews says even when WE are FAITHLESS, God is faithful. Amazing Grace!!!
---Melinda on 5/29/09


You mentioned that 'Our relationship with God is a two-way street. God will stay faithful to you if you continue to walk faithful with Him'. Please explain those two sentences, especially the second one.

I am not sure if you are saying that God is only faithful to the Believer, if the Believer is faithful to Him.

---Janze on 5/28/09

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I agree with Betty and several others here.

There is nothing edifying about "cussing"

I can understand why people do cuss ... out of anger with others or with oneself, or with frustration at the difficulties of their life ... in those cases it is most likely involuntary.

In other cases, where it is used to amke a point when speaking to others, it is often deliberate, and in yet other cases, the most objectionable reason is when it done specifically to offend.
---alan8566_of_uk on 5/28/09

YES! Nothing defiled should come from our mouths.
---candice on 5/28/09

Psalms 50:23 "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God." Ephesians 4:22 "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts...." Ephesians 4:29-30 "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." Cursing, cussing and vulgar language do not minister grace to the hearers.
---Betty on 5/24/09

I think it is the heart attitude that is usually the problem. I mean, sometimes there is no one else to hear it, but the heart attitude can fail. The words don't even have to be uttered - they can just be in the brain.

A good friend made a habit of uttering "Praise the Lord" every time he was angry or displeased. But, it used to bother me that he did it in a mocking or condescending he was reluctantly fullfilling some obligation to be happy in all circumstances. I used to wonder if that "mocking attitude" was the same as cussing...
---obewan on 5/12/09

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Bible says let no filthy communication exit your mouth....
---darrin on 5/10/09

James 1:26

"If any man among you seem to be religious,
and bridleth not his tongue,
but deceiveth his own heart,
this man's religion is vain."

Heb 12:15
"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God,
lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you,
and thereby many be defiled"

To fail means run out of/stop, (Gen 47:16,Hosea 9:2)
the grace of God is His Holy Spirit,
which is what keeps us alive spiritually speaking.
(Zec 12:10, Luke 2:40)

Bitterness and malice defile
to defile means to corrupt = sin = death.
(Jude 1:8, Mark 7:23)

1Co 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
---SuzieH on 5/10/09

The only thing the Bible talks about is taking God's name in vain or swearing by his name. That's a no-no. The Bible also says, Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. So, its a matter of the heart. What's in the heart comes out. Some people get convicted if they say one cuss word. Others cuss occasionally and don't seem to violate their consciences at all. Do as the Holy Spirit within leads and by no means go beyond what your conscience dictates is right/wrong for you.
---Vicki on 5/9/09

The only swearing I don't like is using the names of our God in vain, or trampling on these names. All the others I can ignore - unless it is being used in music in a public place to brainwash children and adults with. In those instances I try to let the staff of the shop, or wherever, know that I don't like their choice of 'music'.
---frances008 on 5/8/09

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I'm continually amazed at the language I hear when I'm out among people (not Christians). I'm a not-very-stuffy senior citizen, but I hear words used repeatedly and casually, in normal conversation, that I would call "gutter language". This from well-educated people who I know CAN express themselves better.

What's worse, is to hear the same language come from the mouths of children. Some call their parents obscene names....with no parental reaction at all. I wince when I hear it, because if I had dared speak like that as a youngster, my mouth would be LITERALLY washed out with soap and I'd be confined to my room for a long while. (No, I don't recommend this punishment). But WHERE do you think this trend will lead?
---Donna66 on 5/7/09

Betty ... Cliff was being honest ... He said IF you are going to cuss using substitute words, it is just as bad as using the resl one.

Everyone, for example knows what "ruddy" is a substitute for. And if I say "fish" everyone would know what I meant.

Use of those words in that way, as a substitute for the real swear-word, is just as bad
---alan8566_of_UK on 5/7/09

1stcliff- (4-6-09) That was wicked advice you gave. Suppress and forsake cussing and cursing.
---Betty on 5/7/09

1st Cliff -- Do you really believe the expressions you name are "substutes" for swearing?

I suppose it could be, for somebody who habitually used profanity before their conversion to Christianity. In that case I'd just be thankful that their language has changed.

I grew up saying and hearing "doggone" and never once associated the word with profanity.

If I say, "oh, my goodness!" will you think I really mean OMG? (as the kids abbreviate it). My grandmother who lived half her life in the 1800s used to say, "Oh, pssshaw!" (pronouned "shaw"). She was an elegant lady. I'm 100% sure she didn't mean, Oh sh__!
---Donna66 on 5/6/09

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"Cussing" and "cursing" are two entirely different matters!Cussing can be a habit that Jesus' spirit within us can eventually de-activate.But to curse another person or God is a thing of the heart and a serious matter as it's intentions are evil.If Jesus taught us anything, He taught us to consider the inner life more than the outward.The outward can be contrived depending upon whom we're with, for example.When we're truly Christ-like, we want to love others as we love our own self and realize it's wrong and it hurts God if we wish bad things on another.
---Patra7846 on 5/5/09

I think Jesus talks about cursing people being a sin.
---amand6348 on 5/4/09

After reading second Peter 3:11,"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. You will be able to discover for yourself if cussing is a sin.
---mima on 4/7/09

Many people including "Christians" use "substitute" swearing, like "Dog gone it" "Jeepers creepers" "friggin or freekin",
If you're gonna cuss, come right out and say it or keep it to yourself,don't hide behind "substitutes" cause everyone knows what you're meaning!
"Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks".Mat 12.34.
---1st_cliff on 4/6/09

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**Profanity is the attempt of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully!**

On the other hand, sometimes a large vocabulary is no substitute for profanity.

My granfather told the story about an old man in his hometown who got relion (as they used to say), and stood up to give his testimony. It's classic:

"Don't it beat hell how Jesus loves me?"
---katavasia on 4/6/09

Yes, cussing is a sin. We need to watch ourselves and all the things that go into our mind. We need to meditate on the things of God.

We are not walking carefully with God if we are in a state of cussing frequently. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

Our relationship with God is a two-way street. God will stay faithful to you if you continue to walk faithful with Him.
---Anne on 4/2/09

Let me say this about that!
Profanity is the attempt of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully!
---1st_cliff on 4/1/09

In the book of Psalm, chapter 109 it states at verse 17 - 19.

17) He loved to curse others,
now you curse him.
He never blesses others,
now don't you bless him.
18) Cursing is as much a part of him as
clothing, or as the water he drinks,
or the rich food he eats.
19) Now may his curses return and cling to
him like clothing,
May they be tied around him like a belt.

Any action in which the Lord would frown upon and which we know in our hearts is wrong to do is a sin. Better to ask for guidance in our behavior rather than to bring shame.
---lesla3685 on 4/1/09

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Perhaps, the following verses apply: Matthew 12:36 - idle word, 1Cor 6:20 - 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.

As an aside, the last time I accidentally ran my foot against the wall, I didn't immediately quote Psalms 94:18 & 121:3. Sorry.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. -Glenn
---Glenn on 4/1/09

I suppose when it comes down to the wire, cussing, some drinking, a chew now and then, having long hair on men or short hair on women, wearing inappropriate clothing or even hanging out in a bar is a matter of personal conviction. HOWEVER, there are many references to being an example to all those who look on you as being a Christian. How much harm would it do to refrain from those things listed above? How much harm could it do to a new believer seeing you do them? It comes down to being purified as fine brass or gold in the fire. If it's not God, its slag or ashes...
---mikefl on 4/1/09

Judy - Blasphemy IS taking the Lord's name in vein (read the 10 Commandments). Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is different - it is when you treat the Holy Spirit like garbage, and doubt all that He says.
---Leslie on 3/31/09

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.
---Trish9863 on 3/30/09

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Leslie taking the lords name in vain is a sin but its not blasphemy .blasphemy is when you curse the holy ghost this is an unforgivable sin.
---judy on 3/30/09

Yes. Cussing is a sin.
---bettyw on 3/30/09

Using God's name as a cussword is a sin called blasphemy - this sin will lead to Hell. Cussing in general is sinful. See Colossians 3:1-17 on Holy Living - Filthy Language is mentioned to rid yourself from. We are to be holy as God is holy.
---Leslie on 3/30/09

Because 1)the Bible tells us to Be Ye Holy, For I am Holy Says the Lord.

2)It grieves and cuts off the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. And you don't want to do that.

3) It's disgraceful coming out of someone's mouth if they're a Christian or calling themselves one.

4) God tells us to BE HOLY, isn't that enough reason? Is cussing holy? NO, right?
---donna8365 on 3/30/09

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1 Timothy 6:20, "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:"

2 Timothy 2:16, "But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."
---Bruce5656 on 3/30/09

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