...Why would one want
to swear by anything anyhow? A Christian's word (Matthew
James 5:12) should be
good enough to perform to the best of his or her ability.
One who may
swear, thereby implying that he is
fully able to bring to pass that which he swears about, involves arrogant
self conceit regarding power lacking that one wishfully attributes to himself
to bring things to fruition.
The attitude typified -Revelation
3:17 "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and
have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable,
and poor, and blind, and naked."
This attitude is an attempt to force
of that which one wishes he didn't lack (the power to control). This only
belongs to God. What one wants should be asked for from Him (James
4:2,3) who has all things.
On the other hand, one's word and
reputation should always be enough to provide assurance performance will
be made to the best of ability. This involves concern for another to an
extent that one will do his best to provide what he intends.
good principle from the
As God is in control of all, what
we may be binding ourselves to, we may not be able to perform -Ecclesiastes
We often want life to be a certain
way for us, however God may have other plans.
different under the old
covenant than it is now under the new
-Numbers 30:2; Matthew
Why it's best not to swear -Matthew
23:20-22 "Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it,
and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth
by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven,
sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon."
There is also a difference between
the vain words of cursing that are prevalent nowadays and swearing -Matthew
26:74; Mark 14:71.
There is also a
difference in lying.
5:34 Where is God's throne?
God's Throne is in heaven where
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