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The Second Commandment You Shall Not Take The Lord's Name in Vein

The Second Commandment

You Shall Not Take The Name Of The Lord In Vein

Origin:God gave us the Second Commandment because it is disrespectful to Him when we take His Name in vain. Not only that, but He doesn't want us to curse. These are bad habits that cause us to become distant from God. This was important to Israel at the time because they viewed The Lord's Name as so sacred that they couldn't even say it, whether it was in vain or not.They would always say YHWH for God, which means "I Am." Saying His Name in vain is without any meaning nor any reverence. God wants to respected, and we want to be respected too. Saying His Name in vain is considered blasphemous, which is an extremely grave sin. We have even more ways of taking God's Name in vain with all the new development of technology. There are abbreviations for curses and using God's Name in vain, such as ; "f u" and "OMG." God wants us to honor Him and be close to Him, so that's why He gave us this Commandment.

What It Means Today Today, we still  honor God by keeping the Second Commandment. Cursing and saying "Oh my God" is becoming more and more common everywhere. It has become so common, that people don't really realize that they are actually breaking the Second Commandment. It is in songs, TV shows, movies, clothes, and many more places. If you go onto i-Tunes, there are some songs that will have the letter "E" in front of it, meaning "explicit," due to the language. “The Second Commandment is therefore also a commandment that protects ‘holiness’ in general.  Places, things, names, and people who have been touched by God are ‘holy.’  Sensitivity to what is holy is called reverence.” -YouCat 359. There are even shortcuts for being disrespectful, such as texting abbreviations. Omg and many other words were not used in Exodus since they were formed recently. There are so many opportunities today to break the Second Commandment from listening to the radio or "tweeting" your mood.

Personal Reflection As a Kellenberg Memorial High School student, I am taught to keep the Second Commandment. I know that it is wrong to curse and I try to not to do it. If I do, I developed the habit of asking for forgiveness immediately. Also, my entire life I have been taught to say "Oh my gosh," instead of "Oh my God." There have been occasions where I have said the latter, but I try to not do that. Most of the time, I say "Oh my gosh."Before I went to the Latin School, I went to a public school from 4th grade until I graduated in 6th grade. I went to a Cahtolic school from kindergarten until 3rd grade, and I knew that it was wrong to go against the Second Commandment. I was known as a goody goody and a very Catholic girl. At my public school and many other places I went, people would tell me sometimes, "Why do you say 'Oh my gosh?'" and "You can say it. There's nothing wrong with saying 'Oh my God." I wouldn't say it though. I have always tried to keep the Commandments, even from when I was a little girl. It is just a personal decision that I made.There was a time in the past few years that I started to curse a little bit. I broke the habit and haven't really cursed since because I feel really bad after. There was a time when I bought a song and didn't realize that there was a curse word in it. I remember rocking out to the song when I listened to it the first time after I bought it, and then suddenly I hear the f- word. I was around 11 years old and kind of shocked. I first heard the song in camp, but they changed the lyrics to it so I didn't know that there was actually a bad word in it. Cursing is becoming more common.I think that the point is that you shouldn't get into bad habits. Do your best to avoid developing them. When I accidentally drop something and either curse or take His Name in vain, I just ask for forgiveness. He will always forgive you.

Quote:This is a quote from the website called apologeticspress.org. Kyle Butt wrote this article that I took the excerpt from. He is a young man who had a double major in The Bible and communications. He received an M.A in the New Testament too. He speaks at Christian events, such as Gospel Meetings and lectureships.Here is the excerpt from his article: "One of the things that the Bible has consistently denounced is the taking of the Lord’s name in vain. In fact, one of the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament states: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). The word “vain” means “for no reason” or “useless.” Thus, God was instructing the Israelites to avoid using His name in a useless, disrespectful way. Instead, the Israelites were supposed to revere the name of God and use it in a serious, considerate way."This means that when we say His Name in vain, we are disrespecting Him and in a way, we are saying it for no reason.

Modern Name: You Shall Not "OMG!" We have taken God's Name in vain so much, that now there are even abbreviations for it. They are said or typed everyday and are disrespectful. Example of this are: OMG, wtf, lmao, and more.This is also more modern, since people type these words on social media. Millions of years ago, people weren't saying these words.

Recording: this is an interview with my dad. He studied to be a deacon at one point in his life. He had many jobs and he was a social worker before he retired. Here are the questions I asked him: #1. What does the Second Commandment mean to you? #2. How do you keep the Second Commandment? #3. What do you do if you break it? #4. How important do you think the Second Commandment is? #5. Do you think that the Second Commandment is being broken more than a century ago? #6. What is the hardest part about keeping this Commandment?

By: Sarah Pajonas


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