What's the Big Deal About Cursing?

Every thing that God prohibits in the Bible reflects his nature and therefore has some good reason behind it.  But using bad language, or cursing, is one of those prohibitions that most of us completely ignore.  Almost everyone curses.

We swear when we’re angry.

We swear when we’re really happy.

We swear when we tell jokes.

We swear when we’re trying to really emphasize a point we want to make.

We swear when we want to hurt someone’s feelings.

We swear when we talk about someone we really don’t like.

The list goes on and on.  So what is the big deal?  Cursing seems like one of those sins that is nit picky.  After all, we humans decide which words are bad and which are good.  It’s just a conventional language thing.  Every language has curse words in it.  Even the biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) had curse words.

Some of the most vile curse words refer to “private parts,” sexual acts, eliminating bodily waste, and other ethnic groups.  Now, all of these things were given to us by God – bodies, sex, and different races – and God only gives good things.  Yet, in each case, we rename these things with curse words.

It turns out that naming, and indeed language itself, is one of the most powerful and beautiful gifts that God bequeathed mankind.  One of the first things God asked Adam to do was name the animals.  However, as with all gifts, language can be used for good or for evil.  Language can be used to teach, to heal, to point toward truth, to worship God, to express beauty, and to express love toward others.  God felt so strongly about using His name properly, that it made the top ten (Ex. 20:7).

It can be used for evil.  As with virtually every other good gift, humans took language and perverted it.  When you misuse language (that’s what cursing is, the misuse of language), you pervert a good gift from God.

Clearly, some cursing is worse than others.  Yelling out when you hit your thumb with a hammer is not in the same league as yelling a racial epithet at someone.  God always judges the heart of a man, so the more hurtful you intend your language to be, the the more harshly you will be judged, but why not avoid it altogether?

Think of the words that come out of your mouth (and the words in your thoughts) as a beautiful self-portrait hanging in the front entrance of your home (a la Dorian Gray).  Every person that enters your home sees this portrait immediately.  Every time you curse, your face in the portrait deforms in a subtle way.  Over time, the deformities build up so that your portrait becomes horribly disfigured.  What started out as a wonderful painting becomes more like a portrait of a monster.  On the other hand, every time you use language to teach truth, express love, or heal, the portrait reverts back to the original stunning masterpiece.  That masterpiece is what God intended for you.

Christian Thinkers

One of the best things I can do for those seeking to learn more about Christianity is point them to some of the scholars who have taught and influenced me during my life.

Norman Geisler is the greatest living Christian apologist, period.

J. P. Moreland, John Ankerberg, Ravi Zacharias, Greg Koukl, R. C. Sproul, Hugh Ross – all of these folks are well worth reading and hearing.

Why Is Abortion Wrong?

Many of us become confused over the abortion arguments that have persisted in our country since 1973.  The pro-abortion side employs a number of arguments that seem quite strong:

  1. The government should not come between a mother and her body.
  2. If abortion was illegal, there would be back-alley abortions.
  3. Women have a fundamental right to do with their bodies as they please.
  4. Only a woman and a doctor should determine what she should do to protect her health.
  5. Who are we to determine the incredibly painful decisions a mother has to make after a rape that conceives a fetus?
  6. A mother who cannot financially afford a child should not be forced to bring it into a world of poverty.
  7. A mother should not be forced to bear a child with known, serious birth defects.

I am sure there are other arguments, but you get the picture.  These seem like powerful arguments, so how do the pro-life folks counter them?

The pro-life position is quite simple, actually.  Here it is stated in a syllogism:

  1. The taking of innocent human life is morally wrong.
  2. The human embryo (or fetus) is an innocent human life.
  3. Therefore the taking of the life of a human embryo or fetus is morally wrong.

Nobody would argue with proposition 1 above.  So the argument comes down to proposition 2.  Is the embryo or fetus an innocent human life?  Well, medical science has answered this question.  At conception, when the sperm and egg meet, all of the DNA – all of the genetic information – is present that will ever be present in the life of the embryo.  All that is needed is food, water, and air for the embryo to develop into a full-grown human.

If you understand this argument, then you understand that the pro-abortion arguments above all fail.  None of them trump the taking of innocent human life.  At rock bottom, we all recognize that taking innocent life is fundamentally wrong.  After all, if we don’t have a right to live after we are conceived, then all arguments over other rights are pointless.  I’m sure the fetus about to be aborted would not find the pro-abortion arguments above very convincing…

A Christian Apologetics Blog

SEO Powered by Platinum SEO from Techblissonline