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Friday, March 6, 2009

Profanity can defile our body

Try to ponder these verses before proceeding to the whole article:

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are”1cor3:16:17
“The tongue is a fire, … an unruly evil” that can defile the whole body. James 3:5-6

Profane referred to items not belonging to the church. As a result, "profane" and "profanity" has therefore come to describe a word, expression, gesture, or other social behavior which is socially constructed or interpreted as insulting, rude and vulgar or desecrating or showing disrespect. Other words commonly used to describe profane language or its use include: cuss, curse, derogatory language, swearing, expletive, oath, bad word, dirty word, strong language, irreverent language, obscene language, choice words, and blasphemous language. In many cultures it is less profane for an adult to curse than it is for a child, who may be reprimanded for cursing.

The original meaning of the term was restricted to blasphemy, sacrilege or saying God's name (or an identifier such as "Lord" or "God") in vain. In other words, "Oh my God" is often viewed as unaccepted or offensive amongst Christians. Profanity represented secular indifference to religion or religious figures, while blasphemy was a more offensive attack on religion and religious figures, and considered sinful. Profanities in the original meaning of blasphemous profanity are part of the ancient tradition of the comic cults, which laughed and scoffed at the deity or deities.

A common form of profanity is the desecration of the name of Deity. However, a good example alone is often not a cure for profanity. It is an evidence of a diseased soul. We know that the brain controls what words are spoken, but when we or our children allow a profanity to find a place in our vocabularies, the profanity, and not the brain, often seems to be in control. Profanity is a cyclic problem.

Some of the targets of these words have however attempted to reclaim them and reduce their power as insults. Words that are said in order to make someone or something look or feel bad. Cursing is a type of bad word usage.

The offensiveness or perceived intensity or vulgarity of the various profanities can change over time, with certain words becoming more or less offensive as time goes on. For example, in modern times the word piss is usually considered mildly vulgar and somewhat impolite.

Profane, vulgar, or crude language or gestures, as well as immoral jokes, are offensive to the Lord and to others. If friends and acquaintances use profanity, we can good-naturedly encourage them to choose other words. Profanity also takes its toll on the one who uses it. Profanity leads to more ungodliness because the Spirit of the Lord withdraws and the profane are left without guidance.
There is no need for any of us to use profanity. Profanity is more than just untidy language, for when we profane we relate to low and vulgar words the most sacred of all names.Today, probably more than in any other period of history, we find more profanity and vulgarity being used. Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly.

The increase of profanity and vulgarity in music, books, television, and movies serves as a commentary on our times.

Another kind of profanity is a group of four-letter words that are commonly used in anger, frustration—and even, sad to say, everyday speech, even among our young people, there is an evil and growing habit of profanity and the use of foul and filthy language. Profanity and crudeness do not exalt; they defile. Too often we hear profanity expressed by coaches and other adults who should be role models.

14 comments:

Pancake said...

you are SO right on! Drives me crazy when people use the Lords name in Vain!

judie_may said...

Well said. The real problem regarding this thing is that what we considered morally bad before is already an acceptable way for some nowadays, for example, the use of profanities, pre-marital sex, abortion, euthanasia, etc. The moral standard in our society is changing -- and, sad to say, it is changing for worse. So, the teaching of morality should really start at home and from the child's first teacher -- the parents themselves.

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shydub said...

You hit me with this post, I'm guilty coz sometimes I used such words.When you are in the state of anger to the highest level you tend to say words you regret.It shows im not perfect or we are not perfect.Interesting,informative post not just for young people but to all of us.
Great post,very well said.
Have a nice weekend to you.

amiable amy said...

thanks for sharing this thoughts, i do agree with what you said in this post

i grew up with my mom and bad words are forbidden in our household, it only attracts negativity

well said here

reanaclaire said...

yes, i totally agree with u.. using the Lord's name in vain is detested by our God..
thanks for posting this.. a reminder to all of us..

Clarissa said...

Thanks for reminding me--really an eye opener!Thank YOU!^_^

Have a nice day!

Dhemz said...

very well said...my hubby and I will agree with your thoughts. Thanks for sharing and enlighten people's mind.

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Anney said...

We hear profanity being expressed by many people. To some, they blurt out these words as a result of what they feel inside like if they're angry or happy.If kids are brought up in an environment where profanity is common, they will grow up being used to those words and may consider them right to say. Really a sad state.

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Clarissa said...

Have a great St.Patrick's Day!Wishing you good luck!!^_^

ilovehateamerica said...

Yea, that's why we need to ask the indwelling of the Holy Spirit each day to guard our minds, tongues and hearts. It's not only profanity that is a sin but speaking against your neighbor is like profanity itself.