Why Do People Curse?


Ever wondered why some people curse or take God’s name in vain? We know that it can be triggered by hitting one’s finger with a hammer, a bad driver, hurtful words or pain. But much cussing occurs far beyond these brief pain points. Why?

Christians like to quote Bible verses to emphasize a point. Others refer to a Bible truth or character – “he’s as wise as Solomon.”

Quotations often add clout, influence, strength. Satan is a counterfeiter. Is cursing trying to add clout by drawing on the dark side? Is it invoking filth or evil to make a point?   Cussing seems to me to often be used to add emphasis. Call it a visceral exclamation point . . a foul way to underline a certain word . . .  a filthy magic marker.

It can contain intimidation or negative energy.  At worst it is advertising for the devil . . . promoting uncleanness or evil. One’s character rises no higher than his words.

Words are a window to the heart. I  am not suggesting that every one who lets a curse word fly is demon possessed. But one is revealing what is in his or her sinful heart.

“And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.” (Matt 12.36-37 NAS).

Is it better to praise God our Provider or advertise for His arch enemy?

“and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. . . . for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light . . ” (Eph 5.4,8 NAS). 

About FredKerr

Bible teacher, M.Div, exercising, pizza, herbal tea, eating out with wife and friends, plants, classic Scripture choruses, hymns, variations of Canon D by Pachabel, clean jokes
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