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Featured In what situations can i use Oh my god

Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by Jags, Jul 13, 2019 at 9:48 PM.

  1. Jags

    Jags Member

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    I was washing my dog a few minutes ago and used the word oh my god because he had so much fleas.
    In what situations can i use this word?
     
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    Psa_25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
     
  3. Sketcher

    Sketcher Born Imperishable

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    When addressing him directly, respectfully, and sincerily.
     
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  4. Phil W

    Phil W Well-Known Member

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    Use it while praying.
     
  5. greenguzzi

    greenguzzi Post-Evangelical, Social Anarchist, One of The Way

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    Any situation where you don't feel guilty about doing it, and it won't cause another person to stumble. It's different for everyone. Be respectful, and don't get too hung up about it. (I'm sure your dog wasn't offended.) ;-)
     
  6. Jags

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    But i still shouldn't just throw the word around when i feel like it right?
     
  7. greenguzzi

    greenguzzi Post-Evangelical, Social Anarchist, One of The Way

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    No, probably not. But don't get too upset or hung up when you do. It's not a big deal, especially with someone who is as considerate are you clearly are.
    Just let it go, there are more important things that God wants you to spend time thinking about.
     
  8. topher694

    topher694 Go Turtle!

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    Worship? :)
     
  9. Joined2krist

    Joined2krist Well-Known Member

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    Use it when you want to glorify God
     
  10. tdidymas

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    I wouldn't use the term "God" as a byword, why not change the expression to "oh my goodness"? or even "yikes!"?
    TD:)
     
  11. Jags

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    I don't say Oh my G a lot but sometimes do but most of the times just say Oh my gosh
     
  12. aiki

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    "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

    Where in all of Scripture is any exception made to this rule? Does God allow you to invoke His name just because your dog has a lot of fleas? That's treating His name very lightly, don't you think?

    The standard for judging right from wrong isn't how you feel about a thing, but whether or not God has, in explicit command or principle, condemned it. Using God's name in vain comes with a warning, so it seems to me you ought to be doubly careful to avoid doing so.
     
  13. Jags

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    So basically i'm not allowed to say this at all? I accidentally said it
     
  14. Lost4words

    Lost4words Like a puppy, i need guidance. Supporter

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    In prayer and worship
     
  15. aiki

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    Not vainly, no. Why would you? Why would you refer to God in such a casual way?
     
  16. Andrew77

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    The only time you can say that phrase correctly, is when you are saying it to G-d himself. When you say to G-d "Oh my G-d, please be with me" or a similar statement, then you are saying G-d's name correctly, because you are talking to him.

    When you say "Oh my G-d, look at that tick on my dog!" and you are not talking to G-d, but rather to a neighbor, or a friend, or family.... then you are using G-d's name in vain.

    My advice.... blot that phrase out of your speech. Don't ever say it.
     
  17. Phil W

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    Right, as it is using the Lord's name in vain.
     
  18. Jags

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    Alright Thanks
     
  19. Jags

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    So its a sin to say this word since its blasphemy?
     
  20. tdidymas

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    Blasphemy is speaking against God or the Holy Spirit, such as the pharisees attributed Jesus' casting out demons to Satan. Using the title "God" in a meaningless byword isn't near as bad, and should not be considered blasphemy. But "taking the Lord's name in vain" is not blasphemy either. If a person says "thus says the Lord" when the Lord did not speak, that person is taking the Lord's name in vain, because they are claiming to speak on His authority when they don't have it. The word "name" in this context means "by the authority of," much the same as baptizing "in the name" of God. So when someone teaches false doctrine in the guise of "it's God's word," they are taking God's name in vain. When a person quotes a verse of the Bible out of context, in which the meaning is twisted into some idea not conveyed in the text, that person is taking God's name in vain, because they are claiming to speak the truth from God's word that is actually not true. Saying "Oh my God!" as an emotional expression is widely considered "taking God's name in vain," but it isn't, in my opinion. The expression implies calling on God to right a wrong, or to fix a problem. Someone could use that expression vainly or meaninglessly, or they could use it with the thought of praying that God act on the situation. Therefore, the expression itself is not sinful.
    TD:)
     
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