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Is cursing a sin?



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It is definitely a sin to swear (curse, cuss, etc.). The Bible makes this abundantly clear. Ephesians 4:29 tells us, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." 1 Peter 3:10 declares, "For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech." James 3:9-12 summarizes the issue, "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water 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."

Why is it a sin to cuss / swear / curse? We should only allow good and positive things to come out of our mouths - things that will encourage other people (Ephesians 4:29). It is not right for praising and cursing to come out of the same mouth (James 3:9-12).

Another view:

If the Hebrew God and Jesus do it, then cursing is not a Sin.

  • Genesis 3:17-18: "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Adam is also punished, although less severely. He now will have to work for a living because he "hearkened unto the voice" of his wife. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;"
  • Mark 11:12-14: "The next day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry:

    "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find any thing on it: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

    "And Jesus answered and said to it, No man eat fruit of you hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it.

Another answer:

God placing a curse on something or someone and people doing it are two entirely different things. God has a right to, whereas we do not. God has perfect knowledge and is just and righteous in all His ways while we are not. Thus, cursing is a sin for man and not for God. The command not to curse is given to man and not to God. He needs no restraint.

However, just because Christ cursed that tree that beared no fruit does not give us an excuse to curse anything or anyone for God fully well knew what the the true status and future of that fig tree was, and therefore, cursed it as divine judgment, causing it to wither and die.

We are told to be angry and sin not. This means that we must only be angry toward sin and anything truly affected by sin, such as the events on 911, which were brought about by sinful men, which were possibly satanically influenced or driven, though unbeknownst to them.

It should go without saying that our anger is practically never righteous indignation, such as when Christ overturned the market tables in the temple. I know that my anger has always been sinful, as I don't presume to justify my lack of self discipline with such a dignified reason, as that would be blasphemous.

We are to above reproach, standing not in the way of sinners, as those who curse like people generally do during passionate fits of rage such as intense arguments or violence (accidental and painful mishaps and anything else).

God made everything and everyone, through Adam and Eve, and the first species of animals and plants. He also gave us life, and by our cursing we are defaming our gift of life and everyone else's who hears you, especially if they are taught to condone that activity by sweeping it underneath of a rug.

Another answer:

Not exactly. The bible verses were not translated very well. The words meant saying things that are with ill-intent. Cuss words are just words that people get offended by for almost no good reason other than culture. So saying "Jesus is ___ing awesome" would not be a sin, while "I wish gun go boom and you go bye bye" would be. Europeans clap at funeral processions as a sign of respect, while in Asia, that would be a big sign of disrespect. By this logic, clapping at a funeral procession would be a sin, when there is good intent