I have a new article up at NewEvangelizers.com.
As I wrote in an early article about the “Hallowed be Thy Name” section of the Lord’s prayer, the name of God is sacred. His name is the greatest revelation that was given to the Hebrew people as sign of His intimacy with them.
For this reason, any offense against the name of God is a sin. His name is so special and to not treat it with reverence is an insult. How much worse then is it to use it as a curse?The Apostle Peter said “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” (Acts 4:12) The name of the Lord has power. To this day our priests drive out demons by the power of the name of God. And it is under the name of God that we are baptized: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Therefore to use that same name as a curse is to sully something sacred.
Take your name, for example. Imagine if someone decided to take your name and use it as a malediction. Let’s say that at your work or school people began to use your name as a synonym for some awful quality.
“Don’t be a lazy jerk, you don’t want to be a [insert your name].” “What’s that smell? It stinks as bad as [insert your name].” “I’m attractive, I’m not a [insert your name].”
Perhaps you have a thick skin, but I think this would wear down most of us. It would hurt because our names, which are the verbal summary of who we are, are sullied.
And that is what we do to God when we use His name as a curse.
You can read the entire article here.