So are they supposed to stop saying ďI amĒ and all the other goofy names for God that arenít actually names? Remember, God has not, nor will he ever, reveal his name in the bible. Maybe this commandment would hold some weight if it was even possible to say the Lordís name to begin with, let alone say it in vain.
Like all of the commandments, people interpret the ďGodís name in vainĒ commandment in many different and conflicting ways. It was probably intended to prohibit blasphemy, that is, using Godís name in dishonest ways like lying or intimidation. Plenty of believers agree with that interpretation, but many more do not. One biblical commentary Iíve read took it a step further and explained this commandment by saying the Lordís name is holy, and our filthy mortal lips have no business uttering it except in prayer.
The commandment has also evolved over the centuries. If it began as an anti-blasphemy commandment, it sure didnít stay that way. By the time of the Hellenistic Jews, it was believed that any utterance of the Lordís name was a stoning offense. Some Jews still avoid writing or vocalizing the Tetragrammaton or any of Godís other names from the Tanakh, and instead use euphemisms or alter the letters. In English, this is often seen as ďG-dĒ instead of ďGodĒ. Thatís as lame and dishonest as saying ďgosh darn itĒ instead of ďGod damn itĒówe all know what you meant! I trust I donít have to bring up the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named corollary.
Some Jews even take it a step further and refuse to even dispose of objects or documents with the name of God on them. Instead, they store these objects in a Genizah until they can perform a proper ceremony for the inanimate objects and bury them in a cemetery. This is especially annoying for Jewish children who are named after one of Godís names, because anything they write their name on (think homework) becomes sacred and canít be thrown away.
Obviously, blasphemy holds a special place in my heart, and I try to break this commandment as often and as lavishly as I can! I swear to God Iíve broken this God damn commandment!