What is the Noahide sin of cursing God and is it the same as taking God's Name in vain? Like, would saying "oh my god" count?

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You misunderstand the usage of the term cursing God. It does not mean using bad language or taking the name in vain. The actual meaning is stating a curse upon the Deity using the actual name of the Deity.

For example, Is G-ddamn considered cursing God? explains:

The Talmud (Sanhedrin 56a) explains that the only form of true "blasphemy", as described in Leviticus 24:15, would then be to curse G-d in a biblical sense, i.e. to say "may Joe strike Joe" (or "may Joe damn Joe", for that matter), substituting "G-d" for Joe. (Which is a bit strange, if someone doesn't believe in G-d, why they're calling on Him to smite anything, but never mind.) Maimonides, Laws of Foreign Worship 2:7 discusses the severity of punishment may depend on exactly which name of G-d is used.

  • So your point being, saying "oh my god" isn't technically blasphemy?
    – ezra
    Apr 10, 2018 at 13:30
  • Isn't G-d a Name of the Deity, though?
    – ezra
    Apr 10, 2018 at 13:31
  • @ezra The usage of the English word is not part of this. The usage implies using one of the specific Hebrew Names, not the English. Apr 10, 2018 at 21:46
  • Wouldn’t the curse have to be linked to a specific name of God? The name El is used in reference to God as well as false gods. The pronunciation of YHVH is supposedly unknown to all but a handful of tzaddikim so it would not even be possible to blasphemy God using that name
    – JJLL
    Apr 12, 2018 at 0:11
  • Is saying an extra word in omg a bad word starting with the 6th letter in the alphabet cursing god Apr 12, 2018 at 23:14

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