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Do you curse?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by zoidar, Aug 24, 2021.

Do you curse?

  1. Yes

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    7.7%
  2. No

    6 vote(s)
    23.1%
  3. Sometimes

    9 vote(s)
    34.6%
  4. Sometimes in my thoughts, but don't say it aloud

    3 vote(s)
    11.5%
  5. Other

    1 vote(s)
    3.8%
  6. Rarely

    5 vote(s)
    19.2%
  1. zoidar

    zoidar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It happens I think curse words (I don't like it), but I don't say it aloud. How about you?

    Sometimes I say things like "dang". But that's not really a curse word, is it?
     
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  2. RaymondG

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    Never have a day in my Life......Not sure why.....I did grow up in church....but I heard them all the time in school..... would seem normal to repeat them......but I am peculiar.

    Nevertheless, I think myself no better than one who curses everyday, nor them worse than I.
     
  3. anna ~ grace

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    I tend to swear in my head sometimes, but try extremely, extremely hard not to swear out loud.

    Sugar, fudge, heck, dang, crud, and “forget that” are my best friends ever.
     
  4. look4hope

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    Ummm...it’s come out when I get super hurt. Then...it follows with a super loaded with guilt apology if anyone was around me and of course...to The Big Man up there :234:
     
  5. Sebastian154

    Sebastian154 New Member

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    I swear all the time when I become upset, it's one of the things that I don't like about myself and is a holdover of my life before I became serious about my faith. I have had some luck in not using the Lord's name in vain, but I still use Carlin's 7 words regularly when I get exasperated or angry.

    It's a running struggle to stop, but I have bigger things to worry about in all honesty.
     
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  6. Jamdoc

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    It's funny, I don't feel conviction if I use certain profanity words casually or like, at the computer when it's crashing or something like that... I only feel conviction if I use profanity AT someone, because then I've gotten angry with them and the intent is to offend or be abusive towards them, or if I use them around a person who believes they are sinful words (I don't believe that God has isolated out certain English words to have any special sin power, it's the intent of your heart when using them more than the words) because then it's placing a stumbling block in front of your brother/sister.

    The one thing that I hate, is when people use the name of my Lord and Savior as a curse.
    Because that is outlined specifically as sin, and that is profaning the Lord your God's name.

    sometimes I even feel uncomfortable when frustrated with someone and thinking to myself "Lord give me strength" or "for the love of God" or something like that, so I try my best not to use phrases like that, because the intent in my heart is evil there. I'm not using those words with the proper holiness or reverence or affection is the problem.
     
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  7. Sebastian154

    Sebastian154 New Member

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    That doesn't bother me, because I usually am so exasperated that I have to ask for God's help in dealing with the situation.

    Like I said, it's a running struggle though. I would really like to swear less and can control myself when I talk to other people, but when I'm talking to my friends or whatever it just sort of happens.
     
  8. Uriah S

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    Where I am, swearing (cursing) is like punctuation, I grew up with it being normal. I unlearned doing it, but sometimes when I get a rant on a word will just pop out, usually for emphasis.
     
  9. Sebastian154

    Sebastian154 New Member

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    I feel that. That's how it is in my area. People drop "F-bombs" in casual conversation all the time, like it's just a normal part of speaking. I guess I got into this habit as well so it takes conscious effort to try and not speak like a soldier.
     
  10. look4hope

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    Where are ya from? Totally curious :D

    Was raised by a dad that normally would curse as normal. Culture perhaps
     
  11. anna ~ grace

    anna ~ grace Newbie Supporter

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    This was literally me. I grew up in New Jersey; swearing isn’t bad language there, it’s just how you emphasize things.
     
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  12. seeking.IAM

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    I confess I do. Not often, but more than I would like.

    I grew up in a strict, fundamentalist household where even the sound-alikes were strictly forbidden. A "gosh darn it" was as good to get your mouth washed out with soap as the real thing. So, being one to test limits and resist authority, it seemed a swell thing to let go with a colorful metaphor when mom and dad weren't around. Now I wish, I would have chosen another form of rebellion. So I'm left with trying to do my best, which most days is good enough as long as I don't run my bare foot into the corner cupboard.
     
  13. Jamdoc

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    and those are the times where I feel absolutely no conviction about it.
    at those points it's just... words... they hold no power, and I'm not using them with evil intent.
    only if I'm around friends that are Christian and have been raised to believe those words are inherently sinful, I avoid them around them, and it doesn't even take conscious effort.
    it's just second nature "yeah these people consider these words bad" so instead of using a particular s word, I substitute "stuff" (which fits the context of the sentence where I'm using the vulgar word anyway), like "Yeah let me just go and grab my stuff" where around someone who curses like a sailor (and I was a sailor myself) it might not be the word "stuff"
    but that doesn't make me feel like I've done some sin.

    I generally wonder where this idea that vulgar terms are sinful even comes from biblically, one family I knew thought it was using the Lord's name in Vain, which, yeah, like I said, I HATE when people shout for God to condemn something when they're frustrated or just say the name of Jesus in a manner like profanity. I'd rather them use any dirty 4 letter word or bodily function or term for animals they wanted than profaning the Holy.
    But I don't see how words for bodily functions or terms for animals is using the Lord's name in vain.
    My Lord's name is not an animal, or any reference to any bodily function done on a toilet.
    When Paul writes not to use any dirty talk, and then in another letter says
    Philippians 3:8
    Modern day translation
    "I lost everything, but compared to Jesus, they ain't ... stuff."

    I think it's not the words that Paul means but how you use them, what is their intent? Are you trying to degrade someone? Offend someone? Are you using them to express hate or anger at someone? Are you wanting something bad to happen to someone when you use them? Are you using them to treat someone like a sex object rather than a sister in Christ?
    There's the sin, and to me it doesn't matter what words you use to express it. Substitute "soft" curse words are every bit as convicting as "the real deal" when you use them in those contexts, aren't they?
    Do you really believe that you have not sinned by using "darn" rather than "damn" when shouting "Darn you!" at someone you're angry with?
    Your mouth may have said darn, but what was your heart saying?

    But again, I won't use those words around people for whom they are stumbling blocks...
    but, I think that last point was an important thing to consider, because the Lord weighs the heart.
     
  14. RaymondG

    RaymondG Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully this doesnt happen when you preach a sermon. A lot of scriptures that require extra emphasis.
     
  15. Jesus is my Superhero

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    James talks about proper language in his letter.


    Edit: James 3:6

    See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of [c]iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of [d]nature; and it is set on fire by [e]hell. 7For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the [f]similitude of God. 10Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? [g]Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
     
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  16. Jamdoc

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    But I don't think James was saying 'don't use these 4 letter words" but rather don't actually curse, that is, to wish evil on people who are created in the image of God.
     
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    Personally, I don't know what the implications are. I don't use curse words, but I still stick my foot in my mouth.
     
  18. pescador

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    Yes "dang" is a curse word. The spirit is there even if the word is mispronounced.
     
  19. OldWiseGuy

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    Even when people say the familiar g..d...it, they are likely not wishing God to actually curse the object of their anger. It's actually more of an expletive than a curse. It is however using the name (title) of God in a vain way.
     
  20. look4hope

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    :aarh:"Dang"is a freaking curse word!!?
    Is "freaking" also one!? :eek:
     
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