The Third Commandment states that we are not to use the name of the Lord in vain (Exodus 20:7). To use the Lord's name in vain is to use it flippantly (i.e., to take it lightly without thinking), profanely (i.e., to treat God whose name is holy with irreverence) or deceitfully (i.e., to be dishonest in invoking the name of God). For example, a very popular saying today is the seemingly innocent expression "Oh My God" (OMG) which is said by many without realizing they are flippantly (i.e., vainly) using God's name. Others ask God to condemn or damn something by use of the infamous GD combination thus profaning His name (more on why this is so egregious latter in this article). And still others praise God while in church on Sunday but then live hedonistically the rest of the week thus deceitfully (and hypocritically) using the name of God! In addition, using the name of God to call on supernatural powers that have nothing to do with Him is also deceitfully using the name of God in vain. So, have you ever used the Lord's name in vain? If You Can't Say Amen, Say Oh Me!
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