‘Oh My God’ Can We Use This Phrase In Our Conversations

 

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“Oh My God”

I use this phrase quite often in my conversation especially when I make comments on my fellow bloggers’ posts and sometimes in the social network’s notifications.

Noticing this phrase in my comments one of my readers,  a follower, and a well-wisher send a private mail to me saying, Brother, please do not use that phrase in your comments for that matter even in your conversation,  it is like you are not respecting God and taking His name in vain.  He has given me some genuine reasons to prove his statement.  He also  sent me some relevant links for my further studies.

He very emphatically said that if you use that phrase every time for anything and everything, you are simply taking God Almighty’s name in vain.

Taking the Lord’s name in vain is to speak of God with irreverence or disrespect. Are we not using that phrase for each and everything in comments and conversation?  Yes, absolutely, without any thought we use that in our daily life.  Of course, we use that to express our feelings like shock, joy or excitement, and we use that without knowing the seriousness.   And we may even ask what is wrong in using  that!    Yes, we use that exclamation for our casual use or without any thought, respect  or  reverence to God’s name.

In short and in reality we are taking that phrase in vain.  In the Bible, we read many places this usage.  If we check it properly we understand that those are used in a direct dealing with God.   Here is an excellent post in this regard to read.  10 Uses of OMG in the Bible

 

After going through my friend’s letter and the notes I realized that his arguments or suggestions are absolutely correct and I stopped using it in my comments and conversations.

Today my question to my dear readers is that, “Do you agree to this? Or what do you say about this?  Or, As a Christian what is your opinion in this regard?

Also, read this post in relation to this usage:  GotQuestions.org 

 

 

 

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by Philip Verghese 'Ariel'

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Lisa M
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I was a pretty bad abuser of the phrase myself – until the first time it came out of my daughter’s mouth. I agree with you and really thought I was “working on it”, not using it as frequently. But when a child says because it must be okay – momma says it…it makes you think. I am better – and I am aware of how disrespectful this is to what I believe in. Thanks for the post – well said.

Stephanie Faris
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I don’t ever say, “Oh my God” and I try not to take His name in vain, but I do say, “OMG,” I just realized! I get that from the tweens/teens in my life. I even use it in my middle grade novel. I don’t know that I really thought through that those three letters might also be taking the Lord’s name in vain… I’m going to make a concerted effort to strike that term from my vocabulary.

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Barbara In Caneyhead
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I agree. When we utter that phrase we are actually calling upon our God. To do so lightly, or to utter the words without reverence is wrong. People also don’t consider that when they use the curse version of dam, they are actually asking God to condemn that person or thing to Hell. And we shouldn’t even use that lightly, as Hell is real.

That said, I have been guilty of doing the same same, usually when I am shocked by something I see or hear.

Santanu
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I don’t think people use the complete phrase in the age of Whatsup, mostly OMG is referred. Personally I don’t use this phrase occasionally as I just don’t want to disturb God for everything in my life. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this beautiful topic here.

Minuca Elena
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Hi Philip, All Christians must respect the ten commandments that God gave to Moses. It’s said that if you break any of this rules you are committing a deadly sin. The second commandment for Catholics and the third for the Orthodox (like myself) says: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7). In the Old Testament, Hebrews weren’t even allowed to say God’s name, because they believed that it was holy and they weren’t worthy of pronouncing it. That is why we don’t even know, now, the true name of God, because in… Read more »
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