Faith Perspective: The Second of Four Quaker Testimonies


THE ‘Testimony of Truth’ Quaker is central to the practice of his faith by members of the Religious Society of Friends.

Friends have always believed that they can have direct and immediate communication with God – which will enable them to discern the right ethical choices and to experience the importance of truth in all aspects of life.

We can only be true to our innermost sense of spiritual harmony if we are true to the truth and honest in our relationships, especially in today’s complex social, political, and economic systems – where these values can so easily be overlooked.

Quakers consider truth and integrity to be fundamental guiding principles, not only in their own lives, but also in public affairs.

Friends have always taken a stand against taking the oath.

They maintain that their word must be reliable and sufficient.

Jesus said “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.”

Quakers believe that taking an oath does not make them more truthful.

The first friends were sent to jail for refusing to take the oath, but were then allowed to “affirm” instead.

Adherence to the real truth can give rise to deep dilemmas for Quakers.

For example, if they work in conflict zones and are in possession of information that could be used to endanger people’s lives or provoke violations of basic human rights, Quakers accept that this is a matter of their own conscience. of an individual, discerned with God’s help, to decide how to respond.

Barbara mansell

Religious Society of Friends

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