When I heard it I had to think about people swearing on the bible in court. So this is actually blasphemy? I've been reading up (well, a couple of minutes on wikipedia), and it seems the Quakers do follow the rule on not swearing oaths. Always have, it was the reason the UK passed a law allowing people to "affirm" instead of swearing. That was in 1695, so when was this rule abandoned?
James 5:12 (NIV) wrote:Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned. (link)
Matthew 5:34-37 (NIV) wrote:34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (link)