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The Lord's Name

There's an accepted interpretation of scripture that using God’s name in vain is saying “god d***” or saying “Jesus” without a cause. There are two problems that I find in interpreting taking God’s name in vain to mean the aforementioned. First, we don’t see any biblical examples of this interpretation. There’s not one scripture that we can reference in support. This is a huge problem considering that we should be able to validate the interpretation of a scripture by connecting it with other scriptures. On this front we have absolutely nothing we could call for support. Secondly, such an interpretation doesn’t seem to fit when considering the meaning of the words used in the first passage referencing this commandment. The Hebrew word for “take” is “nasa/nasah,” and means primarily “to lift, bear up, carry...”. The word Indicates more of a bearing or lifting, rather than speaking. So the commandment given should be understood, “Do not carry the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Considering such, it would seem to suggest that to use God’s name in vain is to enter into a claim to be His, while living a life contrary to Him. There are scriptures which seem to support this view, assuming that we’re not simply reading into the text a desired meaning. Christ said that not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord will enter... ...but they that DO the will of my Father... ... And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Not everyone who makes a claim to religion, ie, to Christ, will enter in, but those who do the will of the Father. Christ and Isaiah spoke of how people draw near with their lips, while their hearts are far from Him! Ezekiel stated, “And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.” Paul stated, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him...” David asked, “Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 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.” By stealing a person makes themselves a hypocrite to the faith (a faith which proclaims the Lord a provider of such as have need,) therefore, taking His name in vain. Considering the scriptures, let us be careful to avoid using the Lord's name in vain.

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