Oaths and Christians

Matthew 5:33-37

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.  (ESV)

I read this passage the other day and it got me thinking.  It is common for people to swear an oath before giving any type of legal testimony.  It is also common to swear an oath prior to enlisting in military service or working as a civil servant for the government.

I live in a predominately Christian area.  I never heard anyone complain about the requirement to swear an oath, even though it seems to be contrary to what Jesus taught his disciples.

I was wondering if anyone else ever considered the issue.  What are your thoughts on this matter?

3 thoughts on “Oaths and Christians

  1. Great post! It is something I have often considered illogical- quite simply because what if someone does not believe in the oath they are swearing? Would it not make their oath meaningless? Either people will be compelled to tell the truth or not- no oath will make the difference (forgive me if that’s a little cynical)

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  2. If I remember right this addresses the problem that back in Matthews time unscrupulous people used swearing an oath to prove that they could be trusted because other than those times; they could not be trusted to tell the truth. Which is why he says let your yes be yes and your no be no. (Mean what you say at all times and always tell the truth that way your word is good enough.) Swearing an oath on God’s word is a very serious thing and should not be done lightly.

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