Here is part of the review from Christianity today.
Denzel Washington stars as Eli, a lone traveler wandering America's wasteland's presumably devastated by nuclear war 30 years prior. The stark landscape is littered with abandoned cars, crumbling buildings, bombed highways, and the occasional picked-clean body. Water and food are scarce, purchased through trade of whatever you happen to be carrying - wet wipes are humorously and understandably one of the hot commodities.
Heading west for reasons that only become clear later, Eli happens upon a desert town run by Carnegie and his gang of violent low-lives. The crime boss is looking to expand his territory and knows that knowledge is power in a world where most people don't know how to read. His gang searches the area (and hapless travelers) for books to help him gain control. There's one book in particular he's desperate to find, a book with the power to rally people under his leadership - and Eli just happens to have the last remaining copy.
Yes, that book is the Bible. King James Version at that. As recounted by Carnegie and Eli, Bibles are scarce due to a large-scale book burning after the fallout - many irrationally blamed Christianity as a cause of the war.
Eli and Carnegie want the Scriptures for very different reasons. Carnegie recognizes that the Bible can influence people's heart's and minds - a "weapon" to bend people's wills to his own. But Eli believes he is on a mission from God to protect the book and save his devastated world with the divine wisdom it contains.
The movie's budget was 80 million. It grossed over 157 million at the box office!
Have you ever wondered what makes the Bible sacred? Many believe that it is Word of God. Really it is the revelation of Jesus Christ. The bible in one singular book that leads to Jesus.
Robert Brinsmeade once said,
"The Bible in itself is not the Word of God. The Word of God is a person (John 1:1).
Neither does the Bible have life, power or light in itself any more did the Jewish Torah.
These attributes may be ascribed to the Bible only by virtue of its relationship to Him who is Life, Power, and Light.
Life is not in the book, as the Pharisees supposed, but only in the Man of the Book (John 5:39)."
Frequent Reflection on scripture is the #1 way to grow spiritually! Why? Because if approached with with the right attitude, we encounter and are transformed by the truth - Jesus Christ!
I love what Richard Wurmbrand said about the bible,
"The Bible is a wonderful book. It is the truth about the Truth. It is not the Truth. A sermon taken from the Bible can be a wonderful thing to hear. It is the truth about the truth about the truth. But it is not the truth. There have been many books written about the things contained in the Bible. I have written some myself. They can be quite wonderful to read. They are the truth about the truth about truth about the Truth. But they are NOT the Truth. Only Jesus Christ is the Truth. Sometimes the Truth can be drowned in a multitude of words." --Richard Wurmbrand
Let us approach the bible not as a weapon but in search of the person of Jesus. He desires to reveal the Father and the Kingdom of God to us!