Monday, October 03, 2005

Prop Bible?

Grace at Scriptoids comments on the suspicious itty-bittiness of the Bible that Mrs. Roberts held at Justice Roberts's swearing-in ceremony.

Grace also tells us what holy books SHE herself might swear on. I like her idea, but I'd take one step further. Why swear on a book? I'd swear on a slab of rare rib-eye, or a pint of Haagen-Dazs, or a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes.

I'd only do that 'cause I'm not a Christian, of course, and if I were a Christian, I'd really be loathe to swear on a Bible. Because as I understand the plain language of the book, Jesus himself was agin' the swearing of oaths. Totally agin' it. Jesus said,

But I tell you, do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is God's throne, or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your "Yes" be "Yes" and your "No," "No;" anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Matthew 5:34-37. That seems pretty clear-cut to me. I don't understand why Christians are so all-fired eager to line up and put their hands on the Bible and solemnly swear an oath on a book that says it's wrong to swear oaths.


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