"You shall not take the name of the Lord in Vain..." Some people do this a lot. The name of Jesus is used as a curse word. But other people are so afraid--"cautious" in their words--that they don't write the name of God with vowels. This bothers me... Out of respect for where they are, I will follow the custom when writing email to them. But every time I do this, it makes me think. What is this really? If we speak about God, we speak about Him whether we write God or G-d or YHWH... Writing G-d is just a way of pretending not to "take the name of the Lord in vain." It's the "easy way." And it's ineffective. The real issue is the condition of my heart and the way I use the name of the Lord. That command was issued with the assumption that I would use the name of the Lord! I can't comprehend who He is in entirety; but that certainly doesn't mean that I should run away from Him or be timid when speaking about Him. I should speak about Him. In fact, that is Jesus' commission: "Go into all the world and make disciples." How can I make disciples without speaking about God? The answer to avoiding taking the name of the Lord in vain is not avoiding speaking His name. It is drawing near and speaking the truth! When I'm speaking truth and I love Him with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, there is no way I will be able to speak His name in vain!