Thursday, May 7, 2009
This is a picture of George Fox refusing to take an oath. Many Quakers refuse to take oaths, even in courtrooms. Quakers believe that taking oaths is not necessary, because one should ALWAYS speak the truth. The Quakers follow the teaching of Jesus "But now I tell you: do not use any vow when you make a promise; do not swear by heaven, because it is God's throne; nor by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. Just say "Yes" or "No"-anything else you have to say comes from the Evil One." (Mathew 5:34-37) This is why at first, many Quakers would only reply "Yea" or "Nay" to inquires from judges in court.