Is saying “f*ck you” worse than God d*mn you? Telling someone to fornicate themselves seems a bit obnoxious, but telling God to damn them is pretty extreme. Think about it.
I remember having a complete meltdown while taking care of my mother. I shook my fist at the heavens and yelled, “You better make her pay for what she did to me!” I was instantly ashamed. Did I really want my mother to be damned to hell? No, of course not. I wanted the forgiveness that I believed God would give to me, be given to her.
“I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault in my thoughts, and in my words and what I have failed to do and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.”
What about using the Lord’s name in vain? That is the more common abuse, but is that worse than the “F bomb” or damning someone?
And of course there’s the ever popular middle finger:
Heat fans had some words (& a gesture) for Joakim Noah as he was ejected. twitter.com/BleacherReport…
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 9, 2013
My parents swore, but the f-word was off limits so I grew up hearing salty language. I used foul language over the course of the years, but when I converted, got married and became pregnant, I tried to curtail my profanity. When our children were little they knew to scatter like the roaches they were if I started swearing! My husband (who NEVER swears) would cringe. His disapproval reminded me that God was not happy with my potty mouth.
But the question remains: Is saying f*ck you worse than God d*mn you? If we are accountable for our words, does it matter which is worse? Isn’t the fact that we are using curse words offensive to God?
What do you think?
Special thanks to Richard Davis of Rare Chicago for the idea for this post.
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