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 Whether it is a historical document, a children’s story, a fable, a story of moral lessons, or a multitude of novels; “The Holy Bible” and its themes have been passed down through generations.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 mean.
First of all, one of King’s biggest themes that he supported in his life was justice. In his letter, he says, “Beyond this, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.”(708)King is saying at this point that it is unjust that he is here because he was only leading a non-violent protest. He also says, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”(708) Here King is saying that if injustice is started it in one area it could eventually spread and then what is justice could be consumed by injustice everywhere. “The Holy Bible” mentions justice several times. In Psalms of “The Holy Bible” one verse says, “Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.”(Psalms 106:3)The meaning of this verse is that the people who try to maintain justice and always try to do what is right will be blessed. King strongly believed this biblical theme. He is saying that he was only trying to do what he thought was good justice. He led a non-violent protest to help the United States in the ways of being just but was thrown into jail. The fact that he was thrown into jail was very unjust and it was a danger to all that was justice in the United States. 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...