iMonk quotes Eric Rigney on cursing


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  1. Scott says:

    I couldn’t read through the whole thing, but it sounds like a typical, you can’t prove the Bible says it’s wrong kind of thing. Some verses:

    James 3: 10-12 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and saltwater flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

    Psalm 19:4 – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

    Phil 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

  2. Brad Roehrenbeck says:

    Scott, I haven’t read it all the way though either, so I’m equally ignorant. What I read of it was not contrary to any of the verses you cited. It actually argues for a more expansive application of those verses. I think what he is really getting at is that this is a heart issue. A spoken word is not bad or otherwise impure because it is placed on some arbitrary list (only to be replaced in our everyday conversations by “crap” “jerk” “stupidhead” etc.) It’s bad because of the attitude behind it or the meaning conveyed. I should probably read the whole thing before I comment…

  3. sarah says:

    brad, i think you are a stupidhead. what now?!

  4. Scott says:

    This comes down to a fundamental understanding of whether words carry meaning or not. I majored in Communication, so I got more than my share of back and forth on the topic. It’s true that words that are considered vulgar change over time. Even the meaning of the word vulgar has changed. It used to just mean common.

    The problem is that people didn’t make up language, God did. I’m not saying that language doesn’t evolve, etc, but the concept of language was not our idea. Beyond that he chose for language to be His primary tool for communication with His people.

    It’s interesting that we tend to think that words have meaning when we want them to, but when it’s convenient for the point, words are just sounds or shapes and vehicles for meaning.

    I’ve heard all of those arguments before in other contexts, and it’s nearly impossible to separate the thought from the action. Ask me or Derek about trees and multiples of two sometime and we’ll explain.

    I think I agree with your point though that in light of these verses, “diet” curse words like crap and dang aren’t necessarily better or more kind than the real thing.

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