How many times has each of us, when startled perhaps, burst out with “Oh My G-d?”
A friend of mine once asked her priest in confession whether this was a sin or not. The priest said something about there was no intent to misuse or abuse the name of God involved, so he didn’t think it was a sin.
Now, I am definitely not a priest, nor do I have all that priestly training. But I do feel strongly reverent about the name of God. So I am wondering if all priests feel that way. Here’s a link to an excellent article by another priest who feels we risk blasphemy when we use His name in vain. Is he right and the first priest is wrong? Is lack of intent to abuse His name enough to get us off “the sin hook?”
I suspect there’s a bit of truth in both positions. For me, I find it best to always go out of my way to avoid even the tiniest risk of abusing God’s name (or the name of Jesus, as well). I don’t always succeed, and that’s just one more proof that I am a sinful man In great need of His forgiveness and grace.
I know…substituting “oh my gosh” just doesn’t seem to do the trick, either. But it probably beats the other version. Especially if that other version turns out to be wrong.
What do you think?