What Does the Bible Say about Christians Taking Oaths?

christians taking oaths

by Elliot Ritzema

I remember reading a description of a political meeting from the seventeenth century. In it, one speech was described as “pathetic.” That was jarring to me, since calling something or someone “pathetic” is an insult today. But back then, it merely meant that the speech was intended to move the listeners to compassion.

If word meanings change over time, even in the same language, imagine translating an ancient concept from one language to another! We often have to do this when we study the Bible, so it is always worthwhile to research the words’ ancient meanings. One example is the concept of oaths in James 5:12.

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His Resting Place Shall Be Glorious: A Short Excerpt for Advent

His Resting Place Shall Be Glorious: A Short Advent Excerpt from Anticipating His Arrival

It’s now officially Christmas season. For many, this is also the time of Advent—the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas—and the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Advent is often a signal, or reminder, that Christmas is coming and that the season is about more than just giving and receiving presents. It’s a time to remember and reflect on what matters to us most; faith and family.

The following excerpt comes from today’s advent reading in Anticipating His Arrival: A Family Guide through Advent.

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The Ugly Truth about How Busyness Affects Your Faith

The Ugly Truth About How Busyness Affects Your Faith

Our culture is consumed with busy schedules and perennial exhaustion. This often happens when we book our schedules to create the perception of overload, to feel productive, or to boost our self-esteem.

Perhaps this is because of pressure to succeed, to become something, to prove ourselves. But as Christians, we should be asking ourselves why this is the case. Is busyness biblical? How does it affect our faith and worldview? And what does Scripture say?

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3 Surprising Promises That God Never Made (but You Probably Wish He Did)

3 Surprising Promises That God Never Made (but You Probably Wish He Did)

In Scripture, God makes a lot of promises. He promised to bless Abraham in the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:2-3). He promised protection over his children as the vigilant watchman over all Israel (Psalm 121), and promised salvation to all who believe in his Son (Romans 1:16-17).

God has a plan and always keeps his promises (Numbers 23:19). He has promised to complete the transformative work that he’s begun in you and me (Philippians 1:6), a promise that implies that it might take some time.

God keeps all his promises, but there are a few things he never promised that might surprise you.

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VIDEO: 3 Timely Encouragements for the Proverbs 31 Woman

VIDEO: 3 Timely Encouragements for the Proverbs 31 Woman

What are you struggling with today? Don’t be shy, it’s okay—we all have something we’re wrestling with.

Maybe you feel like Ann Voskamp in her blog post Light-hearted, where she says, “I wake heavy, a heart swollen with responsibilities, hurts, failures. The weight pushes me down into the mattress, smothering. I seriously consider it: surrendering. What if, just for today, I pull the covers over my head, a larger-than-life white flag of defeat. I just don’t think I can unpack another day; not today.”

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How to Grow When You’re In a Spiritual Slump

How to Grow When You're In a Spiritual Slump

Every morning before work, I go to the gym. I challenge myself physically because I want to be stronger and healthier. When I know what I can handle in the gym, I’m more confident that I can handle other physical challenges. The time and effort is worth the results.

But sometimes when I go to the gym regularly, I still don’t see improvement. I keep trying to grow, but I can’t, because I’ve hit a plateau.

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How to Effectively Mend Any Damaged Relationship

How to Effectively Mend Any Damaged Relationship

Parts of this article originally appeared on the Faithlife blog.

While the world tells us vengeance can repay, Christians believe only forgiveness can heal deep relational wounds. Scripture tells us to confess our faults to one another (James 5:16), seek reconciliation (Matthew 5:23-24), and forgive (Ephesians 4:32).

But mending damaged relationships is hard. Asking for forgiveness is tough, and nobody actually likes to apologize.

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How to Create Quality Christian Images for Sermons, Blogs, and Social Media

How to Create Quality Christian Images for Sermons, Blogs, and Social Media

Curating quality content takes time. Whether you’re writing blog posts, preparing sermons, or managing social media for your church or ministry, you want to provide insights that matter to your audience.

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7 Verses to Bring Hope to Those Who Are Hurting

7 Bible Verses to Bring Hope to Those Who Are Hurting

The Bible doesn’t promise us that life is easy. It can be hard, and sometimes even crisis strikes. But as students of the Word, we have somewhere to turn for strength, courage, hope, and peace.

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14 Encouraging Truths to Inspire Your Bible Study

15 Encouraging Truths to Inspire Your Bible Study

Quotes are powerful strings of words and can can be an amazing way to bring new life to your Bible study. And since one of our top priorities is to help you engage with the Word, we put together a list of our 14 most encouraging quotes on Bible study from amazing theologians and thought leaders. You’ll love reading quotes from Jerry Bridges, John Bunyan, John Calvin, Martin Luther, D.L. Moody, J.I. Packer, Theodore Roosevelt, and many more.

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