I think this is a very valid point of view that I tend to agree with. I’m sure people will chime in arguing which interpretation is the right one, and it may be right, but it definitely feels like it has been muddled, arguably by Lucas himself as time went on.
But I personally think the ambiguity feeds into the Force’s religious connotations in-universe pretty nicely, since religions have fought wars over which interpretation is right, with either side claiming theirs is the Truth.
Very good point. For better or for worse, and like a real religion, the Force and the Jedi have so many different interpretations.
Somewhat of an aside, but I always felt it was a missed opportunity that multiple Jedi sects/schools/denominations weren’t much of a thing. Yes, the EU did have Corellian Jedi, gray Jedi, etc., but for the most part, the Jedi were treated like a monolithic whole.