"An oath is the
calling upon God to witness the truth of what we say."
"An oath is
usually taken by laying the hand on the Bible or by lifting the hand towards
heaven as a sign that we call God to witness that what we are saying is under
oath and to the best of our knowledge really true."
"All persons to
whom the law of our country has given such authority have the right to make us
take an oath. They are chiefly judges, magistrates and public officials, whose
duty it is to enforce the laws. In religious matters, bishops and others to whom
authority is given have also the right to make us take an oath."
"We may take an
oath when it is ordered by lawful authority or required for God's honor or for
our own or our neighbor's good."
"An oath may be
required for God's honor or for our own or our neighbor's good when we are
called upon to defend our religion against false charges; or to protect our own
or our neighbor's property or good name; or when we are required to give
testimony that will enable the lawful authorities to discover the guilt or
innocence of a person accused."
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