Can you support that cussing/cursing is ok biblically? Well these major Bible figures make defining strong language a whole lot more ambiguous than a lot of people would have us believe.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8)
In this verse Paul uses the word rubbish which is a translation of the Greek word skubalon. This word is defined as scraps from a plate, trash, or dung. Yep. Manure. Fertilizer. Cowpies. So what did he mean? Eugene Peterson’s Message version goes with dog dung.
Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. (Philippians 3:7 MSG)
What is even more troubling is Paul’s description of the Judaizers as dogs and those who mutilate the flesh.
Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. (Philippians 3:2 ESV)
In Jewish culture, a man who was of impure mind was called a dog. An example of a man of impure mind: a male prostitute (Revelation 22:15, Deuteronomy 23:19)
Is calling someone a male prostitute cussing??? Hmmmm. Definitely not politically correct.
When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said, “Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!” Peter said, “To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.” (Acts 8:18, 20 MSG)
Peter cracks me up!!! Lol. He actually told this guy that him and his money can go to hell!
That is definitely strong language but is that equivalent to cussing in the modern day sense of the term?
Also Jesus called the Pharisees “a brood of vipers” (Matthew 23:33). He called them something less than human. How is this ok and we can’t just say because he is Jesus and they deserved it. Can we???
Stay tuned for the last post in this series on “Why this conversation is important?”