According to the book of Matthew, Jesus taught that it is wrong to swear an oath. He further explains that swearing on anything in heaven or earth is wrong and that answers should kept to yes or no. He says that other answers come from the “evil one.” The scripture seems to clearly state that Jesus was against swearing oaths. However, I rarely hear Christians refuse to swear oaths on earthly items, such as the Bible based on their religion. I find this curious. I would really love to hear your opinions on this Bible passage.
I am especially interested in hearing how Christians interpret this Bible passage. If you are a Christian, are you opposed to swearing oaths? If you are opposed to swearing oaths, is it because of this passage? If you are not opposed to swearing oaths, what do you understand this Bible passage to be mean?
I am looking forward to a great conversation!
34 But I say to you, Do not swear 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 swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
Harper Bibles (2011-11-22). NRSV Bible with the Apocrypha(Kindle Locations 66256-66259). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
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