Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Swearing: The Potty Mouth Sin

Today we'll be talking about swear words and blasphemy, goddammit. I was trying to find a good picture of God cursing women for the last post, but instead stumbled onto and their article, "Swearing and Cursing are signs of evil in one's heart." Hot damn! Let's get started.
In what way? Is a man who drops a lot of f-bombs hornier than another? Does the "bs" shouter actually smell of cow patties, or does her heart actually pump "bs"? Do curse words reveal the condition of a woman's heart or only a man's?
Jesus taught in the Bible that when a man curses or uses profanity it is a sign of evil that was in that man’s heart. It is popular today for both men and women to curse. They never think of it as an evil condition in their heart, but rather a small thing that everyone does. These small words of cursing the Bible says, will defile the whole man if they are not repented of and stopped. Cussing and using the name of the Lord in vain causes one to become defiled.
It is popular today for both men and women to believe things without evidence, like that the words of Jesus or the Bible have any bearing on our lives. Oh, I'm sorry, were you attempting to paint this as a godless secular society? Pfft. (I love that noise.) The idea that a word could defile you is silly, and very much like the magical thinking I grew up under. It may have been daily that my Giggy reminded me, "Life and death are in the power of the tongue." Of course, now I know that my grandmother is and was batshit crazy, so her opinions matter a lot less than they used to. Defiled is just another way of saying dirty. At its core, Christianity is legalistic and hurtful to its members. I can't understand how people get so deluded that we think the thing that is torturing us is making us happy.
Popular movies and T.V. are responsible for causing society to accept foul language as the “norm.” They portray cursing as a way to vent anger and tell people off. The very attitudes behind cursing show that it is not right as cussing is used to demean and put down people. These words can be mild expletives to horrible blasphemies. Since the devil is the one who inspires these evil utterances he causes people to use our Lord’s name in the most ungodly ways.
Even if you could tie correlation between increased profanity on TV and movies with increased profanity in the general public, there is no evidence (data, reason to believe it's true) that it's a causal relationship. Maybe society accepted foul language first, and then let the FCC relax the standards. Well, swearing does help you vent, and reduces physical pain. And "The devil made me do it!" always makes me wonder why God lets the Devil have so much sway.
In the modern definition of cursing, usually people use the name of Jesus or God in vain and swear with curses such as “go to hell” or “damn you.” These words clearly show it is an evil coming from the devil.
If you're going to refer to a definition, it's best to actually define the thing (or at least link to it). And while statements like "go to hell" are certainly rude (ahem, *cough, CHRISTIANS, cough*) it's not like they actually have any power. Christian readers, please jump in and correct me if I'm wrong here, but I don't think you actually believe that you, as a born-again/washed in the blood/confirmed Christian will "go to hell" simply because I said so. So the words aren't anything more than words, even if they are rude. They have no magic to actually "curse" anyone. Also? The author obviously does not understand what "clearly show" means.
Have you ever wondered why people do not not use the names of gods of other religions when they curse? The names that the devil hates and uses people to voice hateful curses are “God,” “Christ,” “Jesus Christ” and “Jesus.” Terms about hell and heaven are also used in derogatory ways. The very misuse of these words should prove the existence of God and the reality of a heaven and hell.
Um, Christocentric much? People DO use other gods' names in curses, just not that much in English in America, where you know, the Christian one is the one we're constantly being told is damning some percentage of us to "go to hell" forever. (Why is it NOT rude or evil when your god tells us to "go to hell" or "damn you"?)
"The very misuse of these words should prove the existence of God and the reality of heaven and hell."
Okay, I'm not sure exactly how many of these terms the author doesn't comprehend, but it's at least a couple of these: prove (establish the truth or validity of by presentation of argument or evidence), existence (the state of existing; being), and reality (the quality or state of being actual or true).
Even Christians have been tricked into using bad expressions when they are upset. They are take-offs of the Lord’s names such as: “Geeze” or “Jes” (short for Jesus), “Good Gosh,” “Gosh Darn,” “Lordy.” This is known as “shoot cussin”. There are other terms used, which we will not repeat, as they are vulgar profanities. However, these illustrations make the point.
Ah, notice that Christians are "tricked" - the Devil made them do it. And you're gonna have to deal with the old ladies in the south if you think "Lordy" is a curseword - they might tear a fair size knot in your butt for trying. (Can I record it for YouTube when you do?) And in all my years of crazy legalistic fringe Christianity, I never herd the phrase "shoot cussin". If "Lordy" makes the point of vulgar profanities, you are missing the point of swearing. It adds invective when other words won't suffice or when you're so pissed your brain gets locked and all you can eject are curses and insults about penis size. (Just me?)
Many good movies have been ruined for Christians because the script writers thought adding profane language (which they refer to as adult language) somehow made the movie more relalistic. Adults nor children should use bad language if we are to be like our Lord. We do not have to use curse words to emphasize our intentions.
Good movies aren't made for Christians - they're made for the box office. You might be whiny persecuted majority, but you have not won in Hollywood (because you're jerks.) And you're ignoring the fact that scriptwriters and a lot of other Americans don't want to be like your Lord (because he's a slave-condoning, misogynistic, homophobic, genocidal, mass-murdering fuckhead.)

Colosians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”
Okay, since Yahweh was angry, wrathful, malicious, blasphemous, and filthy - why does he get such a free pass? (Go back to the Old Testament for some of the "horrible blasphemies" he used about other gods.) And any former-believing atheist will tell you, the Christians don't have special knowledge - they have special ignorance and confirmation bias.
Matthew 5:37: “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”
Gee, I can see how practical monosyllabic conversations would be. But is this verse really saying that speaking more than that is evil? What about Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, or every preachers' oratory?
If swearing and cursing have been a problem in your life ask the Lord to forgive you and deliver you so that your words may be good and loving words full of grace and truth. He will help you overcome this problem through His power.
Look, unless you have Tourette's, or some other genuine problem controlling your speech, you don't need a god to quit dropping F-bombs. I used to use the word "fucktard" a lot, but it started to bug me how offensive it was, so I decided not to say it anymore. ("Batshit crazy" is often way more accurate anyway, and just as fun.)
Matthew 12:34-36: “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
Oooh! He's making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice - what, wait? Oh I'm sorry this was Jesus, not Santa. My mistake. Jesus is the one who sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're awake; he knows when you've been bad or good so live in terror for goodness' sake. Oh! (Seriously, I need to get a webcam so I can make LOL Jesus music videos.)
Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
I don't give a flying squirrel what your Lord finds acceptable - because he's a jerk. (Look, it's only an ad hominem if I insult him *instead* of making a good case; it's totally legit to make my case and then call him names after. Maybe not mature, but legit.)
Matthew 15:11: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”
WRONG! The words we listen to, accept as true, and believe can absolutely "defile" us. Look at the 9/11 hijackers. They didn't come up with that plan each individually - words went into them. Words about Allah, and infidels, and paradise, just like Christian words about Jesus, and sinners, and heaven. What we take in can improve us or harm us. People who read my grandmother's book took in evil concepts and evil ideas. Also, this verse seems like it contradicts the next one. Does the defilement start in the heart and lead to the words, or does the uttering of the words cause the defilement? The Bible is so badly written! It's kind of obviously not divine, don't you think?
Matthew 15:17-20: “Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
My heart pumps blood, not defilement. Frankly, no one's thoughts (evil or otherwise) proceed from their heart. That's not where thinking happens (hint, hint "I feel god" types - this means you!) And I'm sorry but eating without washing your hands is a very, very bad idea. I know I was taught that "cleanliness is next to godliness" yet the Bible clearly states that "to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man." There's so much bad advice in the Bible that I hadn't caught this one before. (It's always in light of these verses that I remember how credible my grandmother seemed, and how honored she was by so many male pastors. Our beliefs about not locking doors don't seem that extreme next to that insanity.)

The Bible versus the CDC - whoever will I believe? Hmmm, I think I'll go with the experts.

From "Borders of Infinity" by Lois McMaster Bujold:

And where the devil does not exist, Miles thought to himself, it may become expedient to invent him.