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First, many times I hear that word, and see the circumstances motivating its use, it seems me that a petition to the Almighty is probably suitable and appropriate! In other cases, it seems to me the three cardinal characteristics of mortal sin would come to bear here. The misuse of the name of the Almighty is certainly grave matter; but in some cases, it's ...


The term "using God's name in vain" comes from the Ten Commandments, which were given to Moses in the Old Testament: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain" (Exodus 20:7, KJV). The New International Version renders it as follows: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God" (Exodus 20:7, NIV). For there to be an ...

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