Post # 1
I really want to make this cardbox. I would love to use one of the many Bibles I have killed over the years. I use mine so much they fall apart. Many of mine are missing whole sections. I have six in a box held together by rubberbands. They are unusuable and though I contacted someone about rebinding it cost 10x more than a new Bible. I feel awful about throwing them away so I thought this might be a way to repurpose them. Do you think anyone will be offended? If this is unacceptable can anyone tell me what to do with them?
Non Christians I especially want to know your opinion as many of our guest are also non Christain. Thanks!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t because I wouldn’t want to take the chance of offending someone.
I have no idea what is an acceptable thing to do with Bibles that have fallen apart.
Love the inspiration pic though
Post # 4
as a non-christian i would not notice nor care.
Post # 5
Let me first start by saying how lovely it is, and such a nice idea to utilise something that is beyond repair…….
I also think it may be a little bit sacreligious to destroy the good book…..
I am on the fence i’m afraid…..i am a christian BTW….
maybe if you want this style, maybe the pages of a love poetry book could be used?
If you are stuck what to do with them, maybe give them to your vicar, and tell him what you told us, that you wore them out… he will be happy to hear that.
Post # 6
@anne B: <– What she said.
While I think it is a cute idea, I’m not sure everyone would be okay with it. I would be a bit wary of people thinking you “destroyed a Bible” to make it, and I’m sure you don’t want to explain to a bunch of people that they fell apart on their own accord, etc etc.
Post # 7
I really like the look of it in the picture you posted… But I would be afraid to offend someone… I would do another kind of book.
Post # 8
As a Christian, I am totally undecided! Since you won’t have the opportunity to share your story about the torn and tattered bibles you had, some may think you purposely destroyed the “word of the lord”. Could you do something similar but, use your favorite quotes, poems, or passages from books? Just an idea…
Post # 9
I think you should do it as it obviously means something to you other than just torn paper. I can’t even imagine that anyone would notice or get all that close to realize what it says, but offensive? I don’t think so.
Post # 10
I think it’s a great idea! And would be about the same as printing out scriptures for you to display in your home.
I would think that more than likely a non-believer wouldn’t notice or if they did read portions, wouldn’t really recognize it.
Those that would be offended about you “destroying” a bible really probably should look at it differently (especially since many of these people will know you & know your heart)…
you could always go online or use word to print out your fav passages on regular paper/distressed paper and use that.
ETA: You could always add signage that states
“Though they’ve become old and worn, the Word of God is still alive in our hearts”
“Years of use has made the bibles used old & worn, but the Word of God is still alive in our hearts & now speaks to us even on this box”
or something like that.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t notice that it was the torn pages of a bible. I’m not religious so I wouldn’t care. But I can see how religious folks will care.
Post # 12
@ItWasntMe: i concur that most people won;t even notice – like almost all aspects of weddings, i think the one who notices all the fine details is the one who planned them – the bride!
Post # 13
I was actually just going to say that, a little poem to explain the use of the pages…
these wonderful pages have seen me through life, etc…..
People that know you…..IE…..guests at your wedding SHOULD know you…..will know you are a christian and the kind of person you are…..
Post # 14
@anne B: My FI is a pastor and says they get thrown in a box in the basement of the church til someone with a mold allergy comes along and hauls them to the dump. That seems like a worse fate!
@melisslp: You guys expressed exactly what I was afraid people might think!
@runsyellowlites: I love the idea of the sign. It would explain things nicely and it would be another place I could use a vintage frame!
@bRooklynRocks:& I am glad to hear you guys would not be offended. You are right a non Christian might not even notice it was a Bible or care. Thanks!
Post # 15
I’m not Christian, but I was raised Roman Catholic. I don’t think it would be offensive at all. The paper and ink that make up the pages aren’t what’s important — the thing that’s sacred is the words, the ideas and the message of the Bible. I think it’s silly to hold onto something that’s fallen apart just because it USED to be something special. I say, use the pages to make your box. Maybe pick really special pages with special meaning to you. That way, if anybody notices and asks, you can say you wanted the words to have meaning, not just look cool. You can also explain what you just told us…that the Bibles were already completely ruined, but you didn’t want to simply throw them away.
Post # 16
I like the signage idea. Or what about photocopies/ reproductions of the pages. I don’t think people could get offended by that.