Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s day 37

September 11, 2016

37. Lord’s Day

Q. 101. May we then swear religiously by the name of God?
A. Yes: either when the magistrates demand it of the subjects; or when necessity requires us thereby to confirm a fidelity and truth to the glory of God, and the safety of our neighbour: for such an oath is founded on God’s word, [a] and therefore was justly used by the saints, both in the Old and New Testament. [b]

Q. 102. May we also swear by saints or any other creatures?
A. No; for a lawful oath is calling upon God, as the only one who knows the heart, that he will bear witness to the truth, and punish me if I swear falsely; [a] which honour is due to no creature. [b]

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