OMG –  What is the idea behind these three letters?

OMG is mostly the Word you hear from almost everybody, especially young people. Is OMG an acronym addressing God, or is it just an expression of words like “oh my gosh or oh my golly?” When your mouth speaks, and your thought pertains to God, there are no excuses that it is a euphemism for God. If you do not know what you are saying just because it sounds good, you casually use it in any conversation. If anyone wants to promote the name of God in any conversation, it is wise to say the name of God in full than to say it in the abbreviated letter.

The Jewish people have a name for God, and it is too holy for them to pronounce it in full, so they use the (YHWH Tetragrammaton letters which are four letters in Greek). The Jews substituted the name of God with Adonai, which means “My LORD.” In Judaism, the name of God includes Elohim, Jehovah, and YHWH. The Trinitarian Christian group believes that the supreme God is the Father Almighty, Father God, and LORD. The LORD must not be taken for granted, the same as the Word Lord, as it is written from God’s Word. Perversion of God’s Word only leads to sin and ignorance of His written Word.  

Those who believe in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity should have already known that “one God coexists in three persons called the Father God, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit of God. The Father is a Spirit, the Savior, and the Holy Spirit that gives life – John 6:63. The Son has the Spirit of God and saved the world’s sinners while the Holy Spirit that dwells within us made us a partaker of the Divine nature of God. The Spirit of God is shared with the Son, and  His Son is just one Holy Spirit.

We must bear the truth about God’s Word in our hearts and soul to understand that accepting the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is in conjunction with our confession as true Christian believers. Therefore, it could be the factor of direct expression of why we are called and become part of the Trinity.

When I asked a frequent user of OMG “what is in her mind of what the G stands for in OMG,  the answer was “God.” We cannot deny that G stands for God. However, many objects to not using OMG as an expression because it puts the name of God in vain. In this expression,  they try to redirect the G to something else. “If you say you utter the letters OMG which in your understanding means “Oh my God,” then you’re using God’s name in vain;  but if you’re saying something like OMG and the hearers interpreted it as an expression such as the words,  gosh, golly, or just plain OH WOW! Therefore, it could be an excuse. If we consider them the way it was four centuries ago, those words serve as euphemisms for God.

If someone is taking your name in vain, you may get upset, and God feels the same!   Exodus 20:7 – to take God’s name in vain is blasphemy, and there is no forgiveness. Leviticus 24 says that a person caught taking God’s name in vain was to be stoned. Today, people have started using OMG so much that it no longer carries any weight, and it doesn’t mean anymore what it is being used for or referring to. As humans progress, it’s more loosely accepted, and what we lose on earth can be loosed in heaven. What matters is, in the end, it is between you and God when you meet Him face to face. God knows what is in our hearts.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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