“To be or not to be – that is the question.”
Everyone knows that line. It’s one of the most famous quotes in all of literature.
In fact, it’s so famous that few people actually take it seriously. People throw it out as a joke or part of a pun, and I doubt that they give a thought to the context while they’re saying it. This line opens Hamlet’s brooding thoughts on life, death and the afterlife – but it’s been turned into just a saying. A combination of words that hardly seems to mean anything at all.
It’s sad that there are passages of Scripture like that, too. Maybe they’re not made into a joke, but they’re tossed around lightly, stripped of context, their full meaning so easily forgotten.