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QUESTION: Can a person be forgiven if they cuss at God?


ANSWER:  God most certainly can forgive a person who has been angry enough to curse Him.  In fact, the Bible records at least one saved man who did just that and God forgave him.  Do you remember Peter on the evening that Jesus Christ was taken from the garden?  He denied the Lord three times – and cursed Him (Mark 14:71).  But when he was confronted, he repented in tears and “went out, and wept bitterly” (Matt 26:75).


Didn’t Judas Iscariot also betray the Lord?  Why was he not forgiven?  It wasn’t his sin, but his response.  He felt sorry for what he had done, but he never got to the place where would ask God to forgive him.  What a sad story.  He was chosen to be a disciple and yet will never see Heaven.


God’s Word clearly tells us not to take God’s name in “vain.”  Something that is vain is empty, worthless or without value.  And so to take God’s name in vain is to use it carelessly and recklessly.  I have heard it put another way, “God’s last name is not damn.”


Listen to the Word of God, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)  There are many reasons why we should not take God’s name in vain:


God’s name is holy, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Matthew 6:9)


God’s name is not a curse word, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” (Philippians 2:9)


His name is the only name that can save, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)


The good news is that to curse God is not the unpardonable sin.  If a saved man can get in the flesh and curse God, anyone can.  Turn to Christ and ask His forgiveness.  Admit you have a sin nature and cannot stop sinning without God’s help. That’s exactly where you must be anyway.  God will recognize the moment you call upon His name in all seriousness and reverence.  He is waiting for you to make that decision right now.  God ahead, ask Him to forgive you, to save you from your sin…He will do it!