05 May 2010

In Vain

One of the commandments is "Thou Shalt Not Take Thy Lord's Name in Vain."

I look at the commandments as a set of guidelines not set in stone, excuse the pun. (that was for you, CK!) Regardless of your beliefs, they are just a good set of rules to try to follow.

I've mentioned before that I was raised in an anti-religion family so "God Damn It" was a regular refrain. It wasn't one of my favorite phrases but it did get said from time to time when I was younger.

Kevin's family, on the other hand, does not say it at all. It is kind of like the n-word, you just don't say it.

It makes sense if you think of it, by saying it you are conjuring an entity's power for your own personal use. Just based in a comic book sense it's just not a good idea, let alone when considering your eternal rest.

So, I don't say it. I don't say "Jesus Christ" or anything like that. Everyone once in awhile it will run through my head or I will encounter something that it SO would be Perfect to say but I don't.

Other do though. I don't take offense. It's their own choice and not mine. Thou Shalt Not Judge is also a rule, and a bigger one to me.

A co-worker exclaimed "Jesus Christ" the other day and was immediately apologetic. She is Jewish so the name means nothing to her. I found it funny actually. Like I said, sometimes a situation just calls for that phrase.

To be frank, there are times that I am a little jealous that you can say it & I can't. I get a little glee when I hear it. It usually makes me laugh.


creative kerfuffle said...

growing up i heard all of this and worse. my dad is a big cusser and he didn't watch his language around kids. the hubs and i never, ever used to cuss around our kids, however now that they're 10 and 13 we do let things slip now and then. i don't say gd or jc; when the hubs is REALLY pissed he sometimes says it. my cuss word of choice is fuck. i say it a lot on my blog. not so much in real life.

Not Your Aunt B said...

You know, that doesn't offend me and I don't see it as a real rule to follow. Having read some of the commandments and laws- some of them are crazy now- but that one doesn't bother me, but maybe it should. We always say Oh My Lord and For the Love of God. Not too bad. The girls say it too, which cracks me up. Dramatic.