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Catechism Class: LD37 Q101-102 The Swearing of Oaths
H/C LD37 Q101-102
In this short lesson we look at legal oaths – the kind of oath you would take in court, or before a lawyer, or at a wedding, before a minister or registrar. Before we think about this subject let’s see what the catechism says, and read some Bible passages.
H/C. Q101 But may we swear an oath by the name of God in a godly manner?
A. Yes, when the government demands it of its subjects, or when necessity requires it, in order to maintain and promote fidelity and truth, to God’s glory and for our neighbour’s good. Such oath-taking is based on God’s Word and was therefore rightly used by saints in the Old and the New Testament.
Q.102 May we also swear by saints or other creatures?
A. No. A lawful oath is a calling upon God, who alone knows the heart, to bear witness to the truth, and to punish me if I swear falsely. No creature is worthy of such honour.
READ: Matthew 5:34-37. Romans 1:9 James 5:12
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