Eric's Note: In August 2005 a reader of our newsletter wrote about swearing oaths. Here is the email and my response.
Hello my name is Oleg and I've got a quick question. The Bible says not to swear in any way. I understand that but what should you do if you want to be a fireman or a doctor? They have to take oath. What does the bible say about oaths? Is it okay to take if it's necessary to take for your career?
You have asked a very sticky and problematic question.