The bible is just a book

Disclaimer: First and foremost, I do not intend to offend anyone (in general life, but mostly in this post). This is not me having a stab at any religions. I am respectful of everyone’s beliefs and I do not wish to undermine anyone’s personal opinions on religion or life. I am simply stating a conclusion I have come to over the past week due to situations and problems that have arisen in my life over the past few weeks, months, and probably even years.

“All things are subject to interpretation, whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth…there are no facts, only interpretations” – Friedrich NietzscheΒ 

This is merely about the fact that interpretation is EVERYTHING. Especially when it comes to reading and writing. I think I have written something similar a little while back, but I just wanted to elaborate how things can be taken however you want to take them. In this case, the bible. Take any book for example, Harry Potter, Eat Pray Love, Twilight, Scar Tissue, The Celestine Prophecy, The Hunger Games, etc (ok, full disclosure, I haven’t read all those books so I don’t know 100% if they can be taken in different ways) BUT the message I’m getting at should be the same regardless of not reading these books. Every book, everything ever written can be taken in so many different shapes and forms. My main example here is the bible. Look at all the different religions that believe in different things, yet are all focused around the same one book. Admittedly I don’t know a lot about most religions, but studying in a brief manner some of them in uni this semester, it is evident that so many denominations can take something as little as one sentence in a complete different perspective as the next. It’s fascinating! But also slightly concerning how vast interpretations can be.

Interpretation literally varies from each person to person and we all perceive things differently, mostly the way we WANT to see and understand things. We relate to things in our own ways, we’ve all been through different experiences of battles and successes in our lives, which create personalities and attitudes that resonate with the same message differently. Diversity. I love it! But I fear the biggest problem with the world is lack of acceptance. Who cares if Bob next door believes in ghosts and listens to the Foo Fighters; and Sally across the road believes eating animals is hurtful and listens to classical music while she studies law until crazy hours of the morning. We’re all people and we all deserve love and equality; but most of all acceptance for our quirks and differences. Don’t be afraid to be who you are. Be confident with what you believe in, the way you look, the things that interest you; own yourself. And don’t ever apologise for being YOU.

Diversity keeps the world fun and interesting, and keeps the world turning. Embrace your weirdo. And don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. You are perfect in your imperfections and beautiful in your own distinctive ways.

Just because you interpret the bible, or any other book in your own way, doesn’t mean your way is right, but doesn’t mean your way is wrong either. Understand that. These are your interpretations, not the “truth”.

That’s the beauty of the arts; the ability for things to be interpreted how you want and need to, for it to resonate with you and the things going on in your life is your choice and it’s totally ok to be different from the next person who reads the exact same words as you.

Life is open to interpretation. It doesn’t matter what you see, what matters is your acceptance that others see something different.

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  1. Pingback: Day: 4 – discuss your views on religion | olivia in la la land

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