Good uses of the term swearing include — to swear an oath and to swear to tell the truth. But the word also refers to using the name of a holy one or deity “in vain.” In other words, to use the name of God as profanity.
I don’t know if it was the times or my segment of the world, but, when I was a child, hearing a swear word jolted me. Proper people did not say those words in that context. I attended a Christian college where using God’s name in vain was inconceivable. Then I attended a secular university for graduate school. I was shocked by one professor’s base language. Why did someone with a PhD use detestable vocabulary? My conclusion: she had no reverence for God or Jesus.
Through the years it has become more and more common to hear even Christians use the names for the Christian triune God as profanity. In fact, one hears the exclamation “God” multiple times per day.
Something I have been pondering recently: why are only the names of the Christian triune God the only swear words: Lord, Christ, Jesus, Holy S…, God??? Why aren’t Allah, Budda, Mohammed, etc. used as swear words? In the process of examining my thoughts, I came across http://www.everystudent.com/features/connecting.html which talks about the deity of each religion. According to this article:
– Hindus acknowledge multitudes of gods and goddesses.
– Buddhists say there is no deity.
– New Age followers believe they are God.
– Muslims believe in a powerful but unknowable God.
– Christians believe in a God who is loving and approachable.
Christianity is the only religion claiming a living, perfect, loving God.
My God is a vital part of my daily life. He has answered prayers of desperation, protected me when I didn’t know I needed protection, and even audibly spoken to me. There is NO doubt in my mind he is REAL. I communicate with him daily. And I would not dream of using his holy name improperly.
Can you answer my title questions and why only the names of the Christian Triune God is used?