God damn it. I forgot the lead I wanted to write here.
It was on the tip of my tongue (pen, key board key, etc), and Christ, I lost it.
Jesus . . . How the hell can I ever be a successful Blogger if I am this stupid?
Well, let’s hear it. Is this blasphemy? Am I taking the name of the Lord in vain? Has what I said (wrote) been the basis for sin? Should it?
And according to whom? And is it one of those things where you have to look at the context in which the words appear to figure guilt or innocence of my act?
There is nothing like a swear word to truly express oneself. (If this phrase has never been used by someone before, well, I just wrote it, and if you want to use it without proper attribution, you can at least call it an “old Greek saying” coined right here.)
Let’s face it. You stubbed your toe and you can really curse by saying “shit,” or by using the “f” word or some other saying that most would agree should be suppressed in certain polite company.
But when you say, “Oh My God,” there is nothing, I mean nothing that can come close to what you want your listener to discern. You have just seen or experienced some startling, shocking or earth-shattering event. (If you’re one of those people who use this phrase for such beauty-parlor topics as boyfriend shenanigans, or such bar-room gossip about the appearance of some hot “dish,” forget about it! The phrase loses all impact; you have cheapened it by too many and daily usages.
Calling on God, or using God’s name in a sentence has always been seen as a good thing in the Bible. So how did the use become bad? “God damn it! Is one really calling on the Almighty to condemn a person, place or thing when these words arise?
Or is it more of a someone actually criticizing the Self for some internal blunder, the lack of ability to foresee something, or just plain old stupidity. The phrase is mostly used in a context when something appears out of no where and we have not determined — as of that moment — how to control it.
Jesus and Christ are also good single exclamation words. It seems they should always carry the exclamation point when you see the word in print.
Is it only the Christian and Jewish-based faiths that one can call on the Creator to use the Creator’s name for good or bad? The Greeks had “Great Zeus,” way back when. The Romans were probably accused of blasphemy when they mentioned Jupiter’s name to strike down an enemy. It just doesn’t carry the same weight to use their names’ today. Or does this simply show that these terms have have existed in our Western Civilization no matter what the faith or number of gods.
What about other gods or deities?
“Great Allah Forever,” just couldn’t take the place of a “Good God Almighty,” in my book. Try using “By Mohammed’s Beard” in place of “Jesus H Christ” to get a point across. You don’t hear Buddha‘s name being used by someone who just struck their thumb with a hammer. A Judeo-Christian term is the only one that seems to fit for such an occassion.
Someone once said that even “bad publicity” could be good publicity; could the same apply to the use of our Supreme Being’s name? Does He (or She) get credit every time their names are called, no matter what the reason?
I simply don’t know. And, when I find myself perplexed with one of life’s great mysteries, I fall back to that great advice that one of my Southern Drill Sergeants once told me in basic training, “I’ll just be gawd-damned.” (pardon the language clean-up).