Is it of importance to get everyone aware that the definitions of these words are euphemisms for the Lord's name?It is not important until it is understood by the one who says these words that they are taking the Lord's name in vain. Very simply put, "gosh, golly, jeez and jeepers" mean nothing of themselves. It is not until a meaning of vulgarity is contextualized synonomously with these that it becomes a burden to speak them.It is no different than eating food sacrificed and/or offered to idols. Eat it until someone tells you it is sacrificed and/or offered to idols. Yet, not for your sake but for other's sake.This is not unlike the terminology of the word "gay." Somehow it went from meaning "happy" to "homosexual." Yet, even now there are still people who use "gay" to express "happiness" rather than anything vulgar or offensive to God.In my own experience I have come to the same conclusion with words like these being euphemisms for the Name of God, but I was not aware of "gee" or "golly" or "jeepers" in that same connotation.Let everything be judged according to the heart, not the satanic hijacking of the common english language. Just as we are to be careful not to cause our brothers and sisters to stumble by our food likewise we are not to cause them to stumble by making a point of nonsensical words like these being a direct curse against God. This is bordering a delicate balance between legalism (adding the burden of external practices) and desiring to be wholly sanctified unto the Lord.If it is your conviction to instruct others with this knowledge, please, do so with all gentleness and care. Not in terms of "this is an abomination" but rather for bringing a light and easy correction as to those who are unaware that it should be avoided.[b]Romans 14[/b]11. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. 14. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
. . . not the satanic hijacking of the common english language.
"Ignorance is the nurse of impiety."Attributes of God - Thomas Watson
Hi everyone,I was reading some of the sermons from solitary confinement by Pastor Wurmbrand last night and I was shocked as he mentioned some of the phrases that missionaries had used to translate phrases from the Bible into the native language because there was no equivalent otherwise in the language.I thought of this because I agree with boG, in that it seems to me also that we need to be carefull in this case to not create an offense in someone's conscience.God must certainly be aware of the expressions of every person's heart.EDIT: I'd like to emphasize that I don't want to suggest these words are appropriate to use; but that I think we should [b]be carefull[/b] how we handle things like this.
_________________Christopher Joel Dandrow
EDIT: I'd like to emphasize that I don't want to suggest these words are appropriate to use; but that I think we should be carefull how we handle things like this.
As for the words in question, unless the Spirit in you is grieved by the use of such words, you cannot know whether they are blasphemous. Those things are spiritually discerned, brother. We cannot go by our natural understanding or standards. In the natural we tend to seek and find excuses for ourselves that seem pretty good. But we cannot hide anything from Him who sees and searches the human heart:
Psa 94:8 Understand, you [u]senseless[/u] among the people; And you fools, when will you be wise?Psa 94:9 He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see?Psa 94:10 He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct, He who teaches man knowledge?Psa 94:11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile.
I must have erased/edited my previous message. I am sorry. I managed to retrieve it in the history though. Here it is:Quote:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------KrispyKrittr wrote:lol... you need to get a life! Krispy--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Krispy,I'd be terrified to say such a thing. Don't you know that unless you LOSE YOUR LIFE, you will not receive it? What life of your own and at your own disposal are you talking about?You need to take that statement back. For such talk is unacceptable in the church of Christ. Maybe at a rock concert, yes; but not in the church!
I have thought about the use of disguised swearwords recently. Not matter how cleverly Satan disguise them they are still swearwords. When we reduce it to them to core, they express blasphemy and uncleanliness, condemnation, arrogance, and rebellion. When we swear we take the place of God in judgement over others. When Peter denied Jesus he swore. I cannot play the role of the Holy Spirit to convict everyone, but this I can say:Mat 5:8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.If you want to see God clearly, you must rid yourself of anything unclean. Compromise in this area will definitely blurr your vision.Ps24:33 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.Mat 534But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.I am far from clean, but swearing, even if it is just in thought always shows my unspirituality. I cannot praise God in the same sentence without renouncing the previous word or thought.narrowpath
Krispy,I'd be terrified to say such a thing. Don't you know that unless you LOSE YOUR LIFE, you will not receive it? What life of your own and at your own disposal are you talking about?You need to take that statement back. For such talk is unacceptable in the church of Christ. Maybe at a rock concert, yes; but not in the church!
It is not meant as literally gain your own life, it's merely a slang here in America...
To most people it means nothing.