Is it a sin to cuss / swear / curse?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
It is definitely a sin to swear (curse, cuss, etc.). The Bible makes this abundantly clear. Ephesians 4:29 tells us, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpf...

July 01 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Data Selva Moses Director - Singapore InfoComm Technology, servant of God
Four principles highlighted on swearing in Bible. They are as follows:

1. One should not be quick to make vows by God's name, or swear to tell the truth by His name in order to make a lie seem true.

"Ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God" - Lev 19:12

2. "swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay" -Jas. 5:12

Jews and Arabs were notorious for swearing or taking oaths by heaven, earth, Jerusalem, the temple, the altar, and the different members of the body. Even simple affirmatives were always accompanied with an oath. It was this wicked practice that caused James to give this command.

Making vows by heaven, earth, or any other thing that we have no power to change is forbidden (Mt. 5:33-37 Jas. 5:12), but making vows and taking oaths to speak the truth is always right (Mt. 5:33; Heb. 6:16; Gen. 22:16; 28:20).

3. Do not swear on false gods and goddesses. 

Neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them - (Josh 23:7, Jer 7:9)

4. We are recommended to swear the following...
Then you will swear that the Lord liveth, and the nations will bless themselves in Him, and in His glory (Jer. 4:2)

October 14 2015 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Hairy Animals
The Bible clearly tells us that cursing is wrong. Ephesians 4:29, Ephesians 5:4, and Colossians 3:8 are only a few of the places where this is mentioned. 
James 3:8-10 states:

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 

All Christians need to learn to control their language. We need to not be pulled away by the evil of this world. We are to be a good example to the world.

September 04 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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