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Sep 18, 2014

Cursing (aka Swearing) - A live exposition on what the Bible says about cursing

This was brought to my attention recently and I’ll just be upfront about it now: I have always been quite stubborn about this topic in relation to what it means to live out a Christian life. In particular, I personally believe that swear words in itself are not a sin or something that is evil (or good). I believe it’s the way you use the words that have much farther reaching consequences. In fact, the very stigma and judgement the church places on the singular words themselves (and not the use of words) has become a barrier for seekers and non-believers who wish to examine this faith.

A mentor of mine once told me a story that made me realize the extent of how polarizing this stigma was. He was leading a study that had a few seekers attending. One of the seekers seemed extremely uncomfortable in class so he sat down with her and asked her why. She responded by saying that she tends to swear when she speaks, not out of offense, but out of habit. Being in a Christian environment, she felt that she would be judged for the way she spoke. From that moment on, he realized that how he used his language could be a barrier—or a bridge—to allowing others to know Christ better.

That being said, I don’t think you should just start spouting your mouth off wherever you go. There is a time and a place, and it is paramount to choose your words wisely depending on the circumstance. (Don’t get it twisted, I’m not talking about changing your personality or beliefs to fit into another crowd. I’m simply talking about using different words to express the same self).

Before I do this exposition, I don’t want it to seem like I’m coming from a “holier than thou” position with my opinions. The truth is, I still let unwholesome talk come from my mouth, be it with swearing involved or not. This grew out of a genuine curiosity towards why current American swear words are considered inherently “bad” words. I still haven’t heard a good answer yet, so that’s why I hold the view I hold at the moment.

So now, here we’ll dive into a verse and we’ll see if it changes what I think. Here goes:

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

The greek word for corrupt σαπρός (sapros) means “rotten, spoiled”. It is also the same word for ‘bad’ used in Luke 6:43 which says “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit…”

The greek word for talk λόγος (logos) means anything from just plain “words” to “speech, thought, reason, principle and logic” depending on context. 

So we can assume corrupting talk means “rotten words” or “spoiled speech or reason”. At this point, this could just mean vulgar or ugly words, not necessarily the context of the words. Let’s look at the next part of the sentence.

Good, ἀγαθός (agathos) means in this context “the general idea of right.” Building, οἰκοδομή (oikodomē) can mean literally to build (like a building) or to “promote growth” particularly in “Christian wisdom, piety, and holiness”. ‘As fits the occasion’ is actually connoted through the greek word χρεία (chreia) which means “necessity” or “duty”, usually in the context of a lack of completion.

To break it down, we can say Paul means for us to use good and useful words and ideas that are needed to grow others in their Christian wisdom, piety, and holiness. We can then assume that the opposite means using words that do NOT grow others in their Christian wisdom, piety, and holiness.

Lastly, the word for grace χάρις (charis), when referring to human to human interaction, means “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness.”

So if we put it all together, this is what we can extrapolate: Do not use rotten or spoiled speech and reason that does not grow others in their Christian walk. Instead use good, useful words and reason that are necessary for growing others in their Christian walk, that it may give joy, pleasure, and delight to those who hear you speak.

You know what, after reading my exposition I believe my view has shifted slightly. The key word for me was χρεία (chreia), or “necessity”.

This is my takeaway: I need to swear much less. Depending on the crowd I’m in, I definitely swear far more than is “necessary” to show that I don’t judge others for using swear words and that I still love them. I can afford to not swear most of the time actually, and it’s probably better to err on the side of not swearing since “joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, and loveliness” is generally more easily imparted without the words “shit” or “fuck” involved.

On the same token though, other people swearing shouldn’t be chided just because they ‘used a bad word’. It is still the meaning behind what the person is saying that matters most. “I hate you, you are worthless” should probably be less acceptable than “You are fucking awesome.” And in the right circumstances, if it might assist a Christian to use swear words to help someone struggling with their walk—or to help someone get acquainted with Jesus—he or she should do so.

Lord may my speech edify others towards Your love as much as You allow them to be, regardless of what words I use. In the ways I fall short, may Your grace cover my errors. Amen.

References: 

http://markoftheredpen.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/curse-words-in-the-bible/

http://thinkhebrew.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/pauls-profanity/

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Eph&c=4&t=KJV#s=t_conc_1101029

Sep 9, 2014
chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.
In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.
I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.
Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.
-Morgan
P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”
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chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

(via joshymoony)

Sep 1, 2014

Redditor posts a nice summary of illegal immigration statistics in the US and thoughts on immigration.

Aug 22, 2014

joshymoony:

This trailer made me cringe on so many levels. I’m really tired of being told that virtually every civilization on the verge of destruction can only be saved by 1 or more white guys.

(Source: wolfgangchuck)

Aug 21, 2014

Consider this a wake up call

So many different emotions as I sit here. So much craziness on the news, on Facebook, on the internet in general. And in the midst of it all, one story hit me harder than any other piece of news out there right now. An acquaintance from college recently passed away from cancer early Tuesday morning. The outpour of remembrance and grief commemorating who he was and how he had touched lives made me look down at my own life and wonder “what is all of this worth?”

It has been easy transitioning into a Christ-less lifestyle. Pretending to be Christian, thinking all day about being a better follower but never actually doing anything about it. I’ve adjusted the focus slowly these past few years from Christ, to Ministry, to career, and then to myself. My own comforts, my own well-being. Striving for what I feel like I should or should not be doing based not on what Christ reveals to me, but on what other people think I should be doing, or what makes me feel better about myself.

So as I read the stories of how this man faced adversity and tribulation with faith and the true hope of a joy beyond compare, I can only examine my own life and see the lack. I have not invested in my relationships, but rather in my quest for comfort I have held back and kept my guard up. “Keep a smiling and don’t ask too many questions. Don’t get close or it might get messy and awkward.”

If tomorrow were my last day here, I would not be satisfied. In fact I may even be ashamed to face my Creator at this juncture in my life. My supposed love for Him is a sham.

Have I forgotten my Father? Tomorrow I want to learn again what His Love is and truly believe again. Consider this a wake up call.

Aug 18, 2014

god-eridamnit:

negroifyoudontsitdown:

amroyounes:

Industrial designs part V.

I would love a traffic light that tells me how much time is left!!!

These are so fucking helpful i want to fucking cry

i desperately want that color scan pen

(via joshymoony)

Jul 29, 2014

Reblog if you don’t have a Tumblr.

beaniebaneenie:

fakegalleryprincess:

I don’t even have a computer.

image

Okay, we got 3,943,048 little sarcastic assholes on here

THE NOTES.

(Source: lifemakeslove-lookhard, via squishyjellfishy)

Jul 10, 2014
strategos:

luke-pearson:

Illustration for the NYT opinion piece 'Call if You're Feeling Lonely' from earlier this year.

Great read!

strategos:

luke-pearson:

Illustration for the NYT opinion piece 'Call if You're Feeling Lonely' from earlier this year.

Great read!

May 28, 2014
tokimonstamusic:

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tokimonstamusic:

Yayyy!!!! New tee up on the store. Limited edition black on black logo tee. Only 100 shirts and on sale for $15 :) http://tokimonsta.bigcartel.com

May 17, 2014

pusheen:

Enjoy!

(Source: pusheen)

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