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The Sins of Cussing and Cursing - Explanation and Consequence
Christians Do Not Cuss or Curse
First of all, we need to understand the difference between cursing and cussing. Many have come to believe that they are the same. They are not. The Holy Bible speaks often of cursings. These are the opposite of blessings. God blessed and God cursed. Other's blessed and/or cursed their offspring at the end of their lives.
People today are ignorantly doing the same thing. The words, "Dam_ You!" have been used as long as anyone can remember. What is a person really saying? They are telling God to dam_ you to Hell! God is understood as the one damning as he's the only one who has that kind of power. Hell is the only place for the damned, so that is also understood. For most though, "God dam_ you!" isn't left to supposition, but clarified. So then, by saying these words to a person or an object as is so often done, the speaker assumes a position of ordering God to send someone or something to Hell.
Without repentance, according to much scripture, a curser will not go to Heaven.
Now, how serious is "cussing" and what is it? I have always called words "cussing" that others now define as "bathroom words." Somehow it seems that by not calling those words "cuss words," it gives a little more leeway to pushing the line toward indecency, yet still allows us to remain in the safe zone.
Have you ever noticed that cuss words are always what a person does with his body or what comes out of his body? Who has ever smashed their finger and yelled, "tree!!!" But, because like the "double dog dare" isn't as potent as the "triple dog dare", we would have to add an even more sinister sounding "Holy." One example is "Holy Crap!" I sadly watch as the children I taught Christ, fall to ruin as they boldly and proudly use "wtf" and "lmao". See the connection? Both terms use either a slang part of the anatomy or a slang word for what is done with our bodies!
How serious then is cussing? Have you not read in scripture how important the temple (your body) is to our Heavenly Father? Note how the sins against the temple are singled out in 1 Corinthians 6:19, "What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" Adam Clarke in his commentary on this verse says it better than anyone I know. Read on...
"Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost! What an astonishing saying is this! As truly as the living God dwelt in the Mosaic tabernacle, and in the temple of Solomon, so truly does the Holy Ghost dwell in the souls of genuine Christians; and as the temple and all its utensils were holy, separated from all common and profane uses, and dedicated alone to the service of God, so the bodies of genuine Christians are holy, and all their members should be employed in the service of God alone."
Though there are other sins that defile the temple (body) such as sexual immorality, this writing is to show the connection and seriousness of cursing and cussing and how the very words we use, though the world classifies them as "bathroom words", can condemn us.
Who Cusses -
People with no self-control
People with bad attitudes
People who whine and complain
People with no character
People who are angry and violent
People who are spiritually lost
What Does The Bible Say About Cussing -
Matt 12:33-37 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." Luke 6:45
Many years ago, I asked a man from a foreign country if there were cuss words in his native language. He replied that there were not. He learned them when he came to America. How sad!
Col 3:8 "But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth."
1 Thess 5:22 "Abstain from every form of evil."
Rom 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
1 Peter 1:14-16 "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Eph 5:3-4 "But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks."