Themes of The Holy Bible and Letter from Birmingham Jail Essay

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Themes of The Holy Bible and Letter from Birmingham Jail Arguably, throughout history, the most influential book ever written has been “The Holy Bible.” Whether it is a historical document, a children’s story, a fable, a story of moral lessons, or a multitude of novels; “The Holy Bible” and its themes have been passed down through generations. If one were to look at “The Holy Bible” as a whole then one could say that the themes of the Bible are all about freedom and how one has a responsibility to keep that freedom. In “Letter from Birmingham Jail” King relates to several themes mentioned in “The Holy Bible.” Themes such as justice, non-violence, equality, and freedom in King’s work greatly reflect what freedom and responsibility really …show more content…
King felt that if what was happening continued the entire United States might have become unjust in all affairs. Therefore, not only were these laws harmful to African-Americans, but they could potentially be harmful to the United States overall. Justice is a great responsibility. The United States needed to improve on the way they used their responsibility of justice. Another theme mentioned in “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” from “The Holy Bible” is non-violence. King was an avid supporter of non-violence. King had more commitment involved with non-violence than any of his colleagues.(Fairclough) King talks of non-violence in “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” when he says “We started having workshops on nonviolence and repeatedly asked ourselves the questions, “Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?””(709) In this passage King is exhibiting the old biblical theme of turning the other cheek. In “The Holy Bible” Jesus said “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”(Matthew 5:39) Jesus is saying here that if somebody forces violence on to you then do not fight back. This is the ultimate showcase of non-violence. This is what King is portraying. He is able to accept blows from his enemies, but does not throw blows back at them. All people must take responsibility for their own actions.

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