An Overview of Perjury
Objections to Oaths
Due to its heavy religious implications, the process of swearing in a witness is constantly under fire. The effectiveness of the oath relies too heavily on divine intervention and the inclusion of God as a witness. Many atheists, or non-religious groups, believe that the process of swearing in a witness should not revolve around religious sentiments.
Part of the oath's effectiveness is including a sacred witness as an overseer, someone or something that demands the delivery of the truth. How can this influence affect someone that is not a believer in God? Aside from atheists, many devout Catholics believe that the process of swearing in a witness goes against the Bible's teachings.
Throughout the New Testament, the oath is called into question. The process of swearing in God is nonsensical because man cannot include God in anything, for God chooses his presence in situations.The Bible also states that Christians should tell the truth regardless of circumstance, and that including God in the oath is actually using his name in vein.
The semantics and wording of the oath offer both sides of the religious spectrum energy to fuel this everlasting debate