Don’t Swear To God

“I swear to God” is a term that is used all the time. Sometimes it is for serious reasons like someone saying to their spouse “I swear to God I will always be here for you”. Sometimes it is used to make something that is not true seem believable like when someone says “I swear to God officer I had nothing to drink tonight” as they get pulled over driving home from the bar. Sometimes it is used in a joking manner like someone saying “I swear to God I saw an elephant walking down the street” or a parent saying to a child “we just saw Santa flying in the sky on his sleigh, swear to God”. All of these situations whether they are sincere, truthful, lying or joking are wrong according to Jesus.

“33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black”  Matthew 5:33-36

Certainly lying is always considered a sin. But there are some situations where someone could be saying “I swear to God I love you” and be telling the truth and have no bad intentions. The reasons these situations are wrong is because they are taking the Throne of God as a light thing even if not intended. Sometimes people can speak without being fully informed on something. For example, what if a man was swearing his love on the Throne of God for a woman only to find out she was faking liking him to get to his money? Then that would cause the man to take the statement back when he found out even though he “swore to God” what he was saying was true at the time. In that case it could definitely be considered a form of taking God’s Name in vain which is against God’s Commandments:

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

By avoiding the statement “I swear to God” altogether a person can cover themselves from any accidental statements and avoid upsetting God. Whether we are serious, lying or joking we will be held accountable for every idle word we speak and it helps every Christian to keep this in mind and reflect on it regularly:

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36

Almost everyone has used the phrase “I swear to God” lightly. It is an extremely popular saying and the devil loves it because in many cases it is an innocent mistake but sometimes it never gets corrected:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6

God is so merciful that He gives us a chance to repent. If you have been saying “I swear to God” even as a Christian and just never really thought twice of it, it is okay because you would have been in a time of ignorance. That is why Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, to forgive us of our sins and send us His Holy Ghost to teach us. As God reveals these truths to us He expects us to humble ourselves and change and He understands that many things were done out of pure ignorance with no harm intended like the loving Father He is:

“30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31

 

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