To expand on the title: Can anyone come up with a case (documented or anecdotal) where someone swears ‘Before God’, on the Bible (or any other holy book), or any other religious type of oath, where the person doing the swearing was seemingly struck dead (or other unpleasantness) soon thereafter, where it was either known in advance, or it was determined later, that the thing they were swearing to in the oath was bullshit?
This question struck me, just now, because I saw, in the paper that arrived today, an article on my county’s legislature electing a new chairman, and there’s a picture of him in the stereotypical “raise your right hand, place your left hand on the Bible, and repeat after me” pose, being sworn in. This has always seemed bullshit to me,
A) because the bible itself says:
and B.1) the assumption seems to be that the person swearing is risking his immortal soul, going to hell if he lies,
but B.2) anyone who lies while swearing in that manner is doing so because he doesn’t believe he’s risking anything at all, so why shouldn’t he lie, and it therefore proves nothing at all. He demonstrably doesn’t fear what you are presenting (if he’s a liar, non-liars may have different fears),
and finally, B.3) ‘The Book’ itself, specifically, says you shouldn’t fucking do that, so you’re probably condemning your immortal soul to hell, the instant you actually do that?
Mods: I couldn’t decide whether this should be in GD or IMHO, but went with GD, because that’s where ‘witnessing’ goes, and since this is primarily a religious question, ‘witlessing’ might (and probably will) break out.