“Again, you have heard that it has been said to the ancients, “You shall not swear falsely, but you shall perform your oaths to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all! Not by Heaven, because it is God’s throne; not by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King; nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your word be, Yes, yes; No, no. For whatever is more than these comes from evil” (Matthew 5:33-37 MKJV).
Why would the courts and other institutions require that one swear on a Bible, when the very Bible they use expressly commands that one not do so? One cannot so much as make a promise to be virtuous in any way:
“I know, LORD, that we humans are not in control of our own lives” (Jeremiah 10:23 CEV).
So what may the Christian do when haled before the authorities who require an assurance that one will speak the truth? I would word it somewhat this way:
“Your honor, I cannot swear on the Bible because I desire to live by the Bible, and It commands me to not swear at all. Therefore, meaning no contempt whatsoever for this court, I understand such swearing to be hypocritical and a contradiction of the first order.
“However, the Bible does command that we tell the truth and do not lie. Therefore, I can only say that my intent and desire, so help me God, are to tell the truth in this place and to honor you, the authorities, as God would have me to do.”
– Victor Hafichuk (February 15, 2009)
From: Alexander To: The Path of Truth Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 12:51 PM Subject: How to tell if Jesus restores you Paul and Victor, My name is Alex. I just turned 25 last week. I live in Chicago. Growing up I went to a large non-denominational church in the suburbs. Big light show, positive message, preaching "basic salvation" of accept Jesus into your heart. You probably know the type. Anyways I went to this church growing up, got baptized at 10 (mostly to be able to eat the crackers with the adults in service) and went to church camp and some short mission trips in Jr. High and High School. Didn't have much in the way of a relationship with God or Jesus. The Holy Spirit was an abstract concept to me, and not a real person. I believed in the sense that I really didn't have a good reason not to, because everyone around me, my family and friends and church community believed. So I didn't have srong convictions about it. Didn't really pray or read the bible. Pretty much jumped into trouble as soon as I could in high school by drinking and smoking and chasing girls, and was mean to my sisters and my parents since puberty and a jerk to a lot of my peer group - basically I never really ever tried to obey Jesus's commands. But I had enough of a fear of Hell not to totally blaspheme. As I got later into high school, ages 16-17, I was starting to doubt the whole thing. Stuck somewhere between not really willing to believe it with my whole heart and soul but no...
While the world not only "borders" on, but seems to have embraced insanity, I must raise a wall of protection against a flood of madness, a wall of reason erected by the Word of Truth against false walls.
There’s a religious fad sweeping nominal Christianity, that of indulging in Jewish worship practices and traditions. Many searchers have determined there are precious truths to be discovered in types and shadows, with great and rare blessings. Seekers are flocking to this thinking because they are empty spiritually. They’re unfulfilled in their churches and their systems of belief and worship; they’re unfulfilled within because in unbelief.