Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Holy fact week: Wednesday

Today's fact: I never break the Third Commandment (Second, if you're Catholic or Lutheran).

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. [Deut 5:11]

The only exceptions in all my years are a very few isolated incidents in which I was quoting someone and couldn't think of a better way to rephrase. Since this is somewhat vague, my own interpretation is to not use God's name unless you're actually talking about God. Thus, using that word as an exclamation, or along with a request for Him to damn someone, is right out. Seems reasonable and respectful enough.

3 comments:

Louise said...

Here's a fact for you (did you know it?) - the Christian God does have an actual name. It's mentioned in the Bible. Do you know what it is?

Travis said...

Sure. There are a bunch of different spellings and pronunciations and interpretations. And, if you recall, I just finished watching the Indiana Jones movies, so I even remember that in addition to Y and J, it could also start with an I. :)

Then there's the whole stuff (in Revelation?) that I'm much fuzzier on about the true name of God and all that. Or maybe the movie Pi has just warped me.

Louise said...

I am impressed. :)