He who swears to support his words is suspect, for he may intend, by swearing, to cover the uncertainty of his words. The Pharisees fell into a difficulty: They wanted to hide their lies by means of a strong oath. But, they were not allowed to pronounce the name of God in vain, for the mere mention of His name was considered blasphemy. So they suggested that man should not swear by God's temple, but by the golden crust of the temple. They also considered swearing by the altar of God a terrible thing. Therefore, they suggested the offering bought by money was suitable to swear by. Thus, they laid the net of their judgments on people, pulled them in, and took them further away from God.Christ addressed this when he disallowed using an oath to verify the truth, saying that every word of ours should be true. In His explanations about the Pharisees' swearing, He did not cancel His commandment that we should never swear, but wanted to remind us that we are responsible before God and His throne. He also said our "yes" should mean "yes" and our "no" mean "no". How then shall we appear? As honest men or women, or as liars?