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Why are we so quick to say “Jesus Christ!” when we get Emotional

Why does mankind use God and Christ as a form of swearing?

Have you ever considered why no one says Oh…“Satan!”, or “Lucifer!”, or “Beelzebub!” or “Demons!” or interestingly, Oh “Antichrist!” when they stub their toe, do something stupid, or simply want to emphasize a point? 

Why this obsession with words like “God Damn”, “Jesus”, “Christ”, and “Jesus Christ” from the mouths of atheists, agnostics, deconstructionists, and sadly, many Christians? Why are these phrases interspersed with swear words more frequently than expressions of faith and blessings from Christians? And what about the word “Hell” used as an expletive or a descriptor of a current situation?

What do English-speaking Muslims say when they get emotional or want to express their anger at something or someone? What about Buddhists or Hindus, Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons? One wonders if “Christ!” or “GOD!” slips out of their mouths when no one is around to hear. 

Would you ever expect a Muslim to use the word “Muhammed” in vain? So, why does “God” roll off the tongue so easily? 

Is it possible that we are a rebellious people and, whether we are willing to admit it or not (even to ourselves), there is something embedded within us that subconsciously directs anger toward the Creator of the universe?  

Is it possible that we are trying to sanitize these words by using them carelessly in ways that minimize their true meaning? When we say, “That felt like Hell”, do we cheapen the reality of the eternal place of damnation? And, when we say “damn” or “I’ll be damned” in the context of something bad happening, or about to happen, does it remind us of what being damned really means or do we habituate to the word and its true impact in our lives?

James 3:8 – but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Perhaps some Christians believe that the name of the Lord is not significant or holy. Does the Bible offer any insight?

Psalm 8:1 – O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

Psalm 111:9b – Holy and awesome is his name!

Matthew 6:9 – Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Or perhaps some assume there are no consequences in using God’s name in this way.

Leviticus 19:12 – You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.

And then there is the biggie, one of the 10 Commandments…

Exodus 20:7 “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.


Three points. First, there is a special place in the heart of humanity that recognizes God and Jesus as something special. For some, their faith makes Him precious. For others, our sin nature resists and rejects Him. Second, when we use God’s name in any other way than in worship, we are grieving the Holy Spirit if we are a believer (Ephesians 4:30-31), or heaping judgment on ourselves if we are not (Matthew 12.36). Third, consider who stands to gain from man cheapening words like God, Christ, Jesus, Damn, and Hell by their misuse.

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