Question:

Here is a twist that you thought you would never hear: When you take any of His words wrong you’re taking his name in vain. What I mean is; if you take a verse out of context, interpret it wrong, so as to make your point though it means that you have taken the Lord's words in vain; in doing so you have also taken His name in vain.  Interested as to what you think on this.  The Bible is the Word of God and to take any of those words out of context, isn’t that taking His name in vain?  Not stretching but making a point that so many pupils that go out in the world use verses as a weapon and not what they were intended for. Your thoughts are welcome and I hope to hear from you soon.

Answer:

In ancient times a person's name not only identified a particular person, it also represented his reputation. We still talk about such in when we say "He made a name for himself."

The word "vain" refers to something that is useless, worthless, or false. Therefore, using the Lord's name in vain refers to situations where we treat God or His reputation as something worthless. That is why using references to God as curse words is wrong. It is treating God without thought or worse connected to evil ideas.

To make promises using God's reputation as backing and then not keeping that vow is also using God's name in vain. It tells everyone that you don't consider calling on God as something important or valuable.

If someone the Bible and claimed that God supported some idea that is contrary to what God has said, then you could claim the person was trashing God's reputation. But in general misunderstanding what God said isn't necessarily what is meant by taking God's name in vain. There are plenty of statements throughout the Bible about respecting the word of God without the need for appealing to hard to understand applications, which are not perfect matches anyway. "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ" (Galatians 1:6-10).

For more details, see "Not Taking the Lord's Name in Vain."