So I was reading Matt 5 and came across this passage:
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 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.[g]
Could someone explain this to me? So is Jesus saying that we shouldn't say things like "I swear on my mother's grave, I am right!" Is swearing on the bible a TV show thing, or is that a real "legal" custom, and if so, does this passage say you shouldn't do that?
lol, I know as a Catholic, we generally don't go by solitary passages to explain anything, so maybe there's something somewhere else on the subject, but I was just wondering.
ETA:....well, goes to show how much I know about the Bible. After googling, I realized this was part of the sermon on the mount :p