Listen to random conversations around you. You will definitely notice more people verbally spewing “Oh my G**!” to express their excitement rather than using the phrases “Oh my gosh!” or “Oh my goodness!”
This choice has also carried over into our electronic communications. When texting became the norm, abbreviations were formed to hurry the typing process, which brought on the OMG overload.
Some say the letters OMG! stand for Oh my gosh!, but I believe they are skirting the truth.
Often referred to as acronyms, (though by definition they are initialisms) only the first letter of each word is used to form an abbreviation so we can type messages faster. Many trendy typed conversations to your BFF (Best Friend Forever) might also include:
BRB – Be Right Back
BTW – By The Way
TTYL – Talk To You Later
LOL – Laugh Out Loud
GTG – Got To Go.
When we speak Oh my gosh! as a form of exasperation, it’s definitely not the same as speaking Oh my G**!
Some believe gosh stands in for God in this phrase, so therefore they feel the first statement is equally wrong. But if you really want to communicate to our Lord, it’s good to know who we are addressing and how we should address Him—
Gosh is not our deity—God is our deity.
When addressing God, punctuation is everything! The phrase Oh (followed by a comma), my God!, addresses God and therefore calls out to Him. No matter our situation is praise to Him or a cry for help; we are calling out to the Creator of all things. Biblical history reveals from the beginning that G-O-D is revered and should never be a word used as an exasperation.
We have to remember G-O-D is the title name used when referring to YHWH, the true name of God.
Israelites of old believed so strongly in recognizing the power of God that they would not even pronounce His name. When reading from the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible written by Moses, the reader would insert the word Adonai. Adonai means lord or ruler.
Because those that consider gosh as a “euphemistic alteration of the name God“, they believe it is just as bad and that is why they refuse to even exclaim gosh!.
I believe the opposite. Inserting the innocent exclamation of gosh! in place of G-O-D is a good thing. The title name of our holy Creator, God, should never be used in vain. God told us this in His third commandment:
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
So replacing the title name, God (which never should have been used incorrectly in the first place), with the non-holy exasperation word gosh, should be looked upon as very acceptable.
When we replace G-O-D with gosh, we acknowledge His title name to be sacred.
We also take out the coma, so there is no address to gosh. Oh my gosh, I love you, God! The word God has history of being holy. The word gosh is not found in the Bible, has no holy meaning and does not relate to our LORD, the Creator of the universe in any way.
holy—adjective : exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
Exalted, worthy, perfect. These adjectives do not describe the word gosh.
By definition, God versus gosh is very different.
God—noun : the Being perfect in power, wisdom and goodness, who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe
gosh—interjection : used to express surprise or mild anger
I would never pray, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray to gosh my soul to keep.” This statement has no meaning and would give me no comfort. Gosh is not a noun, but an interjection. An acceptable way to express surprise, be it good or bad.
“Oh my G**!” offers our omnipotent supreme deity no glory and the phrase needs to be recognized for what it is—verbal sin.
Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
I encourage you, if you have the bad habit of spewing Oh my G**! as an exasperation, please take the time to change this verbal sin to God. Your effort will definitely please or Lord.
Your rich in love and Your slow to anger Your name is great and Your heart is kind…
Matt Redman’s lyrics describe just four of the 10,000 Reasons we need to worship His holy Name!
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