Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain

Paul O'Flaherty

But I’m not mommy. Jesus Christ, I’m not taking Tha Lords name in vain!

That wasn't his name



  1. Ben June 14, 2011 at 11:56 am - Reply

    No one has commented on this because no one likes you. Or your humor. Or your stupid fucking goatee.

    • Paul O'Flaherty June 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      No, nobody likes it. Certainly not the 39 people who pressed the like button, or the 4,100+ people who hit the thumbs up on Stumbleupon. No, nobody at all, except me :)

    • SiestaMel June 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Tho it is perfectly true that no one likes his stupid goatee, his humor is pretty top notch.

    • sucktackular June 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Your Christian morals are showing, bro.

    • Finchnissen June 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      (as a devout christian) Honestly, the logic is sound. And it is pretty funny. I just wouldn’t get to sacrilegious with it though. Kinda walking a tight line. But I get it.

      • Moop July 15, 2011 at 5:26 am - Reply

        It doesn’t really make sense that that’s such a big deal. I always assumed taking the Lord’s name was more like “Jesus told me…” or “God wants us to…” when the Bible says no such thing. walking into the couch at night and yelling “Jesus Christ” seems kinda silly to make a rule over, while “The Lord told me to invade France.” Strikes me as exactly what a rule like that would be to prevent.

    • beelzebub July 16, 2011 at 11:13 am - Reply

      i like it because it brought out the best of alot of people, especially you. We are supposedly created in our “fathers” image so if we feel shit is funny, then god does 2. He even made the stupid fuckin goatee xD

  2. Horatio Postlethwaite July 14, 2011 at 4:53 am - Reply

    I’m an atheist and I don’t think it’s funny, nor their website. Fortunately Stumble has a block website option. If these unfunny smug fuckers are branching out I may have to block some more.

    • Pacific Vacuum July 15, 2011 at 4:58 am - Reply

      herp derp.

    • turtlelove July 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Would you like a Wahburger and french cries?

    • kelly August 9, 2011 at 8:34 am - Reply

      i mean at the same time no one gives a fuck what u have to say

  3. jesus July 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    you people need to chill out. its a joke. If you dont like it, move on. Stop acting like he is trying to destroy your lives with his evil jokes.

  4. D D July 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Except that’s not really right… Just because a name transaltes differently doesn’t mean it’s not the same name.

    Just like we can say Hola, Hello, Guten Tag, Aloha, etc.

    Using the lord’s name, no matter what translation, is wrong.

    • AlexandreaBusnello July 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm - Reply


    • derpityderp July 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm - Reply

      gonna start calling the big J-man he-who-must-not-be-named. I mean cmon, both jesus and voldemort are mythical, fantasy charters.

      • DamnShame August 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm - Reply

        Wow! you really need to do some research before you speek.

        • derpityderp August 29, 2011 at 1:45 am - Reply

          Give me empirical evidence in something other than the Bible or something that uses the Bible as its source and justification that Jesus either existed, and if he did, that he was more than a mere mortal, (we all know the virgin birth was just Mary’s elaborate cover-up story for cheating on Joseph), and if he was something more than a mortal, he did in fact perform the miracles he is accredited to have performed. Where is your god now?

          • DamnShame August 29, 2011 at 2:04 am -

            The Roman records from the time document the sentencing and execution of Jesus of Nazareth. Go look it up! I’m not your librarian!–
            Wow! I guess he wasn’t a mystical magical fary-tale creature after all.
            Yep, and I hate to break your bubble; but those miracles– they are also documented by secular historical record– ouch

            If you only argue with fellow atheists and jack-ass Christians who quote the Bible as their source, you’re never going to be very good at this. I sugest you go back to playing World of Warcraft and let the adults post in the thread.

          • derpityderp August 29, 2011 at 2:11 am -

            1) Ad hominem. I have never in my life played world of warcraft, and I am an adult.
            2) Alright so he was alive, I want to see some real evidence for the miracles, citations, eye witness accounts and peer reviewing. I do not believe the documentation of word of mouth.

            Roman historians have often been criticized for introducing high levels of bias. The fact that you say “Roman” automatically suggests bias, and without a wide range of sources, in any logical perspective, your viewpoint is invalid.

            Logic makes the world go round, not Jesus.

          • DamnShame August 29, 2011 at 2:35 am -

            If you want to see the documentation– you can look it up– they did take records back then–If you care enough to find them you will– I appologize for my last comment, it was uncalled for–
            There is a point though where logic will not convince you of the divine. When we reach the end of time science will be able to paint the perfect picture as to how everything occurs but it will never explain “why.”

            Science helps us understand ‘how’
            Religion tells us ‘why’
            but in the end it is faith that tells us what to believe

          • James Smith December 10, 2011 at 6:57 am -

            You’re the one making the claims, but as all theists try to do, you want to get away with it without providing any proof.  Even worse, you try to shift the burden of proof onto others.  

            Unfortunately, that tactic is so old and tired, no thinking adult falls for it any more.

          • Charl Van Der Merwe April 11, 2012 at 4:17 am -

            Err….the burden of proof IS ON THEISTS to prove god exists, not vica versa.

            Cmon that’s so obvious.

        • TheOxymoron November 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

          ‘Kay,I get that derp is stupid and all,but…to each his own.Plus,you spelled ‘speak’ wrong.And I think it’s annoying that you told him to research.What’s he supposed to research ?The Bible?It’s doubtful that an atheist owns a bible.And,if he did,that probably wouldn’t be sufficient evidence for him.Just sayin’.

      • TheOxymoron November 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        Unruly arguers are arguing.

  5. Pushplayent July 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    I love this!

  6. Langly52 July 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    So the “christian” likes it, but the “atheist” hates it? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? The thing with these internet commentators, they hold no logic, and yet expect their reaction to appear to seem that somehow it makes sense. In essence, to all anonymous people with nothing better then time on your hands, why is it you are here when you could be… elsewhere?

    • Asshole July 17, 2011 at 6:24 am - Reply

      because a friend sent me here, duh. also…. you’re here, commentating on the internet as well. bwahahahahaha :P

    • Sega_Shaman July 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      The Internet is a place where nothing needs to make sense, ever. That’s how things like that happen. When we have nothing better to do, that’s when we’re here.

  7. Idunnatknoww July 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Except it still represents Him. It’s the same as using a curse word in a foreign language, just because you say it differently doesn’t mean it doesn’t equal the same thing.

    • Hipo July 15, 2011 at 4:21 am - Reply

      What if i say penis? or Vagina? of fornicate which is the biologic acepted term. Is that ok?

      • Philjubb July 15, 2011 at 4:41 am - Reply

        jesus, penis fornicating christ! love it.  (._.)

      • conner77z December 10, 2011 at 6:43 am - Reply


    • Sasquatchmaster July 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Right, but it clearly states “name”, not “name, and representations, and titles for other versions of the lord that were bestowed by random 3rd party”.   So while the proper name of god that has been referred to in some religious texts might be a big no-no, it doesn’t really cover anything else.

    • Kelly August 9, 2011 at 8:37 am - Reply

      WHO GIVES A FUCK you spend your life online commenting on things that no one cares about get over urself

      • James Smith August 10, 2011 at 10:10 am - Reply

        It is people like you that do not care about anything.  Those that bother to comment intelligently (unlike you) do care and would like to see the world improve to exclude assholes like you.

        • conner77z December 10, 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

          But you’re not improving the world by sitting in your room, not taking any real physical action and commenting on stuff that isn’t or hasn’t been seen in the public eye that much… That’s like voting AFTER election day: You may have voiced your opinion but for the next four years you’re screwed…

          • James Smith December 10, 2011 at 7:00 am -

            Wow, what arrogance!  You don;t know me, who I am, or what I do.  Yet, you make unwarranted, unproven assumptions about me.  

            Ignorance is bad enough.  Arrogance is, too.  But why do they so often have to come together?  

  8. Tucker July 15, 2011 at 12:05 am - Reply

    This made my fucking day. Keep rockin bro. Don’t let the haters get you down.

  9. goddoesntexist July 15, 2011 at 2:05 am - Reply

    love the religious freaks that are trying to convince a picture it’s wrong.

  10. Calvin G July 15, 2011 at 4:10 am - Reply

    So funny how uptight people get about random shit that doesnt matter…

  11. Guest July 15, 2011 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Stupid.  Words are defined by their meaning and not the sounds they make in a particular language.

    • Sasquatchmaster July 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Normal words yes.  Names, not so much.

    • Kelly August 9, 2011 at 8:35 am - Reply

      no one cares

  12. Mike habeeb July 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Personally, I think this is very funny, but as a theologian I feel the need to point out that “Jesus” is actually the Latin (not Greek) translation of the Aramaic (not technically Hebrew, but close enough for most people) “Yeshua” which would be Joshua in English, and “Christ” is the Greek word for messiah. Technically, Christ is a title, not a name.

    Also, in the Hebrew Scriptures the commandment not to take the Lord’s name in vain refers to using the Lord’s name as a curse against others. The ancient Hebrew people believed that attaching a name to a curse lent the owner of said name’s power to the curse. In their understanding of the world, cursing someone in the name of the Lord would carry the power of the Lord, thus making it dangerously powerful. This commandment was supposed to guard against this type of abuse of power that was (rather frightfully) at anyone’s disposal.

    Over time, the meaning of this commandment has been changed and adapted by different groups as part of their traditions, so I’m sure someone who looks at the text as entirely divorced from the history of the ancient Hebrew people is going to call me a blasphemer and catalog all the terrible tortures that await me in Hell, but that’s OK.

    • Sorchakarma October 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you for pointing out Jesus spoke Aramaic.  

      • Paul O'Flaherty November 25, 2011 at 9:21 am - Reply

        Yup, that’s important because some people believe he spoke English, was white and lived in America. ;)

        • guest January 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm - Reply

          and was named Tim Tebow… ;)

  13. Justin July 16, 2011 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Look at all of the god squad getting their knickers in a twist.

    • Guest July 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      look at all the fuckfaces getting their dicks up their asses

      • Justine Wendkos July 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        well that’s an intelligent reply

      • Dimitris Hoimes August 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm - Reply

        i only liked this because it’s funny. hahaha and now laughing at religion

      • Emageht61 November 25, 2011 at 2:41 am - Reply


  14. anonymous July 16, 2011 at 11:30 am - Reply

    There should be a topic/interest checkbox for this guys chalkboard “teachings”, because I would uncheck it.  Who keeps adding his pages to stumbleupon?  Whoever is doing it has some bad taste!  Aliases are the same thing as the real name when you attach meaning and symbolism.  thumbs down!

    • Sasquatchmaster July 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      If you decide to attach that meaning.  So for those that choose not to attach the meaning and symbolism, the argument holds.  And despite the name of the site (SurvivingTheWorld), these aren’t teachings so much as points regarding logical incosistencies and fallacies within major systems, taken on a humorous though somewhat intelligent stance (in my humble opinion, and those of the several million viewers he’s had over time).  If you don’t like it, just thumbs down it as not for me, and stop your bitching.  The internet is open grounds for anything, and if you don’t like it, just stumble away.

      • anymousse August 18, 2011 at 11:05 am - Reply

        thank you! well done! brilliant!

        there’s a thumbs down button for a reason (so stumble will learn about your lack of sense of humor). some people get so worked up over such little things…

  15. Joss July 16, 2011 at 11:53 am - Reply

    The entire concept of “taking the Lords name in vain” is misunderstood by most people.
    By “taking the name in vain” is meant “taking the name in vanity”, which means that you should not thank God for personal achievements (“Thank you God for letting me win that gold medal” “Thank God I found my car keys”). Ironically pretty much every Christian has done this, so they would all be blasphemers.

    • Mhelliwell July 20, 2011 at 12:34 am - Reply

      And your sources for that are…

      • Jalen Mahalo July 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        His sources for that are a good analysis of the language used. At least in the english translation of the bible, this makes a lot of sense

    • Jason Cruikshank33 July 22, 2011 at 5:30 am - Reply

      You are thanking God for allowing you to do such things, not just the fact that you were in control of what you did.

  16. Brad July 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Not to get too technical, but someone’s “name” in Old Testament speak means “character.” So, “taking the name in vain” means calling yourself a follower of God (taking the name) but not actually obeying or following Him. A hypocrite, in other words. Using God’s name as a curse word is not taking it in vain, it’s just poor taste.

    • weedle July 20, 2011 at 2:41 am - Reply

      Interesting interpretation. I liked the bit where you provided no source or support whatsoever.

      • Charl Van Der Merwe April 11, 2012 at 3:24 am - Reply

        I liked the bit where you think he needed to provide a source in the first place.

    • nony August 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      I think hypocrisy is a little different than taking God’s name in vain.
      This guy’s “logic” is based on the second commandment, You shalt not misuse the name of the Lord your God. This means “that we should fear (which here means respect, not be afraid of) and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray. praise, and give thanks” (Luther’s Small Catechism, 60). Basically, if you are making a promise, you shouldn’t swear it by God because we aren’t capable of keeping our promises, only He is. We should only call upon it to pray to and praise Him. That’s the right way to use His name. Anything else would be misusing it. Swearing into office is okay, because you are calling upon Him to guide you through your work in that office: “We are permitted, even required, to take an oath by God’s name when an oath is necessary for the glory of God or the welfare of others. Examples include the following: testimony in court, oath of office, wedding vows” (Luther’s Small Catechism, 62).

  17. Cave Johnson July 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Along the same logic Oh my God isn’t blasphemous either ’cause we don’t really know God’s real name.

    • DW July 25, 2011 at 3:41 am - Reply

      Pretty sure your god’s name is יהוה.  Just throwing that out there.

      • nony August 16, 2011 at 10:56 pm - Reply

        In Hebrew, they left out the vowels so no one would accidentally say the Lord’s name and use it in a way it is not meant to be used. Therefore, no one knows the real pronunciation of the Lord’s name.

  18. Megatron July 17, 2011 at 2:28 am - Reply

    jesus christ people, calm down

  19. Ilovekunkel July 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    get a life buddy.

    • AlexandreaBusnello July 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      I think overly Religious people are the ones needing a life.

  20. Npotmus July 20, 2011 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Yo this is a Surviving The World comic, which is an insightful and hilarious comic, you should give credit where credit is due.

    Also fuck you if you can’t take a joke, religion is for some and not for others, everybody is equal, and none of you are qualified to take someone else’s rights/

    • Paul O'Flaherty July 20, 2011 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Yo, the link is already in the post and the image!! Credit was given, you just failed to see it :)

  21. AlexandreaBusnello July 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Love this!

  22. Jason Cruikshank33 July 22, 2011 at 5:29 am - Reply

    If you applied that same concept to any other time you say someone’s name, odds are you aren’t saying their name either. What if someone’s name is Jacob, and you call them Jake? Are you not saying their name then?

  23. Godisfake July 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    / Why I’m atheist

    • Jwroth12 July 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      oh really… THAT’s the reason why…

      you must be a genius.

      • DamnShame August 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        I dont have enough faith to be an athiest

        • Doaftheloaf May 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

          and i don’t have enough sex to be abstinent.

  24. Walshamdg11 July 25, 2011 at 12:57 am - Reply

    You know this commandment refers to God the Father, and not necessarily Jesus? And, when people take offense to you using Jesus’ name in a deterring way, it’s because many consider Jesus to be God like the Father is God? Jesus and the Father are both God to many, but Jesus is not God and vice versa.

    • Sega_Shaman July 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      God is also not named “God”. “He” has had quite a few names.

    • nony August 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Acutally, Jesus is True God and True Man. The Trinity consists of three persons – The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit – but they are only one God. So Jesus is God, but he is God the Son, not God the Father. They are both equal in powers and holiness, but they are not the same person.

      • yanksguy23 June 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

        3=1? Only in a loony religion.

  25. Kohler Kari00 July 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm - Reply


  26. Me August 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    jesus isn’t god #fail

  27. harrf August 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Most of these aren’t funny; they are just attempts to get a stir out of religious people. I’m not religious, but I hate when people do that. Respect people’s beliefs, or they won’t respect yours.

    Plus, he’s wearing a Red Sox hat. Fag. 

    • Himinow February 5, 2012 at 4:48 am - Reply

       Because religious people have such a long and noble tradition of respecting other people’s beliefs don’t they?

      By the logic used above, you are only encouraging non-religious people to not respect religious beliefs since religious people already set the precedent that beliefs don’t need to be respected.

      Would you rather non-religious people try to ‘get a stir’ out of the religious, or would you prefer we discriminate, dehumanise, torture and kill them as they have done to us for hundreds of years? I’d say we’re already being respectful by talking, not forcing.

    • Atheismbyfire April 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Wow…Ahem… ‘harrf’… How gay thou art! If it is of your opinion that this isn’t funny, then it is also a belief of yours. It is of my opinion and my belief that it is Fucking Hilarious! The man isn’t stating his personal opinion. He is simply supporting a fact. And facts trump beliefs any day of the week. If he was trying to get a stir out of religious people, he would most likely be standing in front of a chalk board at a church, or where all the religious men congregate in your home town… Your Mom’s basement. She owes me a bottle of Johnny Walker by the way. So, you can have your opinions all you want, just shut the fuck up and Respect facts! You Bigot…

  28. teehee327 August 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    It’s the principle of the thing. Just like God wasn’t originally “God” in Hebrew. It’s what we know them to be called.

    • Timothy Steele December 10, 2011 at 11:20 am - Reply

       them? them who? gods? the word god is a construct of man just as any other words used to represent the concept of a supernatural being. who cares what you call it. it’s all bullshit from start to end. whether you spell it in greek, hebrew, sanskrit, or fingerpaint pictograms.

  29. Jerome August 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    What amazes me is you just realized that Jesus Christ wasn’t His name. When’d yuh figger that out, huh, dude? You’re wrong. There are 3 persons to God and you can’t take any of their names “in vain.” Stop being casually blasphemous and give it some more mature thought. Until you demonstrate some real knowledge, you’re a joke. The faith is 2000 years old, and you haven’t figured it out in your all-too-brief lifespan. Do yourself a favor. Buy a Catholic catechism and find out the Truth, and stop writing your neophyte findings on a blackboard until you know something, junior.

    • Rebeccasimon7221 September 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      What amazes me is that you’ve obviously never picked up a history text. Do you even know where your Christian religion comes from? Rome. And when it started most of it was stolen bits and pieces of the polytheistic religions of Rome. Who oddly enough borrowed from the Greek. Before you start pushing your religion on people who are obviously not interested and get all holier then thou maybe you should read up.    

      • Timothy Steele December 10, 2011 at 11:17 am - Reply

         don’t forget to throw in the egyptian bits. since the ‘amen’ at the end of all their praises to god, is really just an adaptation of the way the egyptians would end a prayer to the sun god amun ra. so actually every prayer ended in amen is a sin unto the holy christian bibles god.

    • TheOxymoron November 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      If only there were a ‘dislike’ button…

    • Charl Van Der Merwe April 11, 2012 at 3:20 am - Reply

      Jerome, you sound like a bitter old man who just found out that what he believes in is all a big fat joke.

  30. caesarftw August 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    he didn’t even exist who cares about the name 

    • deadra May 19, 2012 at 4:29 am - Reply

       Dude, he existed, there is historical and archeological evidence to back up the fact that this man existed. Not saying he was a messiah or anything, just that the physical man who has a religion based on some letters written by a guy who heard his teachings second hand, was once alive on this earth.

  31. Papist September 3, 2011 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Actually, Yeshua translates at Jesse or Jesus.  Yoshua translates at Joshua or Joseph.  In both cases, the disparate origins of English (Latin vs. Germanic) – along with the desire to avoid confusion – caused certain biblical characters with the same Hebrew name to be given different translations.  Another good example is Yakob (Jacob/James.)

  32. Amkaen September 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Reminds me of a moment from my childhood:  I’m about five years old, and wanting to be much older.  I’m running around some relatives, and saying a bunch of made-up gibberish, and asked one family member if I was swearing.  She told me, “You are, if that is your intent.”  Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.

  33. Sorchakarma October 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    As a side note, no atheists will be persuaded to fear God by throwing a fit over this, just as no christian will feel compelled to leave behind a life long moral compass because atheists are playing with semantics. Although I will note as a christian that all religious leaders (Christian or not) play with words (just as this picture does) to find compelling interpretations of a very dated text. A basic example of this is the many interpretations of The Book of Revelations. Before anyone gets all apocalyptic on me, I will not be persuaded that your pastor, father, brother, sister or road side assistance person knows the true meaning of a book that’s meaning has been debated for centuries. You do not know, you can not know, if you believe in God, then you must acknowledge that He is ineffable, there for absolute knowledge of Him is impossible   Ergo any claim of knowledge on your part is a lie, which is one of the few things the bible is pretty clear on.  You will be wasting your time. 

    • Timothy Steele December 10, 2011 at 11:13 am - Reply

       The one thing i agree on is that with the bible, you are wasting your time.

  34. Iuvius December 15, 2011 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Just a side note… He would have been Yeshua ben Yusef (son of Joseph). So the closest American translation would be Josh Josephson. Geez.

  35. Kelli January 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Stupids, that is not even a goatee.

  36. Doaftheloaf May 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    don’t take god’s goddamn name in vain, goddamn it!

    i’m just kidding, it’s not like he actually exists to do anything about it.

  37. Scott November 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Yeshua or yehoshua , his name, Christ was like calling a barrelmaker Cooper. It was his job, and he didn’t want to get confused with Jesus Carpenter from down the street.

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