The first and most important commandment: never claim to know the mind of God

In the top ten commandments, before murder, adultery, theft and perjury; ahead of covetous envy, and family duty; before the wise advice to take a day to unwind, comes this commandment, greater than them all: never but never presume the authority to speak in the name of God.

So much harm and evil has been done by taking that liberty, making that presumption, to claim to speak on God’s behalf.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain”.

This familiar commandment is not about putting ‘OMGosh’ instead of ‘OMG’.

It is about presuming to know the mind of God, and presuming to dictate to others on that basis.

That is taking the name of God in vain.

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