I'm venting in this thread because its a battle that I will never win. I'm not religious anymore. I was raised very religious and spent many years studying religion and all that fun stuff that I've lost faith in. So here is what happened. I was working at the office the today and got frustrated over a project that I was managing and I let off a well placed "Goddamnit!" The woman who works near me, who is rather uptight...and apparently religious, says to me, "please don't use the lords name in vain around me." I about snapped, however I replied to her, "sorry to offend." ( I made sure to inflect absolutely no remorse in this apology.) Now, I've read the christian bible a few times because of my upbringing and I feel that many people misinterpret this particular commandment. The commandment is, "Never use the lords name in vain,"....NOT: "never say a curse word after the word God!!!" To use the lords name in vain is completely 100% a different concept. Swearing has nothing to do with it!!! Lets analyze it real quick. The word Vain: excessive pride, without success, shallow...etc. To be vain is vanity. To use the lords name amongst vanity. To put yourself on the level of the lord. To use the lords name to serve your own vanity. To abuse the lords power in order to facilitate ones own agenda!!....see where I'm going with this!!!! In accordance with christian beliefs, to shallowly use the lords name in order to fulfill your own vain agenda would be a failure of the success of the christian values. The commandment is not..."don't swear"...the commandment is a teaching about the evil of being manipulative of Devign power. Of coarse I no longer go to church every Sunday, and the last time I opened a bible in order to find meaning was about 8 years ago...and because I say Goddamnit (which shouldn't be offensive any way because of the shear absurdity of the phrase...because if there is a God I most certainly don't have the power to make God "damn" anything...I'm not God's project manager!....) I'm the offensive one. And the uptight preachy woman is the good christian!!...even though she obviously doesn't pay much attention to the word she follows. Good going lady at work....you pissed me off and I can't even tell you what I think because you would probably get me fired for being informed. ugh....:fing02: P.S. I'm a somewhat sarcastic person.