Friday, February 26, 2010

The "Book Of Eli" Movie Is Not A "Good" Movie

I recently saw the new Denzel Washington flick called "The Book Of Eli", also starring Gary Oldman. When I first saw the ads for this film I wasn't sure what it was about but had an impression that it had some type of spiritual connotation to it. After all, Eli is reminiscent of Elijah the Old Testament prophet, so, being a Christian, I was immediately intrigued. After a few more weeks of ads and some t.v. trailers I realized what the movie could be about. I definately figured it had something to do with the bible. Despite this fact, I still did not care to see it. I am not big on Hollywood interpretations of religion and I especially do not like the way Christianity is usually portrayed. I figured this movie would be filled with pieces of truth without any substance. As time progressed and the movie came closer to its debute, endorsements began to multiply along with the advertisements. The Book of Eli was receiving much hype as it were, I think especially since Denzel Washington was starring in it, playing an action role, which has been quite rare for him.

Currently I attend West Angeles Church of God In Christ located here in Los Angeles California, Bishop Charles Blake is the pastor. Admittedly, I attend because my wife, prior to us being married, was already a member, yet, I haven't officially joined myself and don't plan to. I mention this because I found out that Denzel Washington is also a member of the same church and has donated generously to West Angeles over the years. After the movie began to be marketed, during one Sunday service Bishop Blake announced that Mr. Washington was present, he then went on to explain that he was starring in a new movie. Bishop Blake then encouraged his congregation to go see the movie because it is about a man who protects God's word, which is a good thing. At the time, even prior to seeing the movie, I completely disagreed with this assessment of the movie. Most if not all of the attendants the that service applauded, sad.

If you cannot tell by now, I am not a big fan of the Book of Eli and don't believe it is a movie that paints a positive image of Christianity or the bible. I did not plan to see the movie at all, didn't care to. Then one day during my Sunday School class at the same church, one of the other members mentioned that they had seen the movie and honestly remarked that they did not understand a bit of it. I wasn't surprised. He and his wife mentioned certain elements of the movie and also commented that there were some pretty graphic fighting scenes. I wasn't surprised at that either. Having heard this commentary from my classmate I decided to go see the movie for the sake of knowing what I was talking about when I revealed the reality of the film.

I say the "reality of the film" because what many Christians do not realize is that most if not all of the science fiction and action movies released through mainstream Hollywood are filled with occult imagery and themes. These movies have what is known to the initiated as esoteric interpretations and exoteric meanings. The esoteric is the hidden meanings and messages through the use of symbols, phrases, and graphic imagery or special effects. Many times when we hear one type of phrase or terminology in a film it has a double meaning to it. The exoteric involves the revealed knowledge that the general public is aware of. It is what you actually see on the surface and are able to understand without interpretation. This type of thinking or belief system, that symbols, words, actions, etc. have double meanings is called Gnosticism. The book of Eli is filled with Gnostic interpretations of the world, the bible, and specifically Christianity. Unfortunately, most Christians are not aware of this belief system, yet many of them participate in this type of thinking all of the time when they read their bibles.

While at this time I will not go deep into describing and interpreting the Book of Eli, I will say this, it doesn't uphold the integrity of God's word, it is not a Christian friendly film, and it does condemn and even deny Jesus Christ as the Son of the Most High God. This film is a Gnostic film and plays right into the Luciferian doctrine of establishing a new world order to usher in the world teacher after a great cataclysmic event. I encourage you Believers out there to begin to see that Satan has his hand in Hollywood, be mindful of this fact and put on the Whole Armour of God to withstand it.

More to come....Blessings!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

All this about a movie you admittedly have not seen and do not plan to see. Tell me, do you make all your decisions in life without seeking to be informed? Do you read the Bible for insight or do you just decide what it must say and live that way? As a Christian myself I read the Bible for my insight. I believe the Bible is the Word of GOD. I can not claim to understand something I have not seen (or read). I think one could take your claims more seriously had you actually watched this film and provide an informed critic. Instead most will dismiss you completely. Having seen the "Book of Eli" they would be wise to do so.

Jerry McClellan said...

From the very first line in my post...

"I recently saw the new Denzel Washington flick called "The Book Of Eli", also starring Gary Oldman."

Whoever you are, I recommend YOU actually read my post before responding. Maybe then I can actually take your comment seriously rather than dismiss you as a troll. I also recommend that you do some real research into Gnosticism and compare it to some of the garbage many of these pastors spew from the pulpit. Many Christians today are being lead astray, movies like "The Book of Eli"only help to perpetuate this. Denzel claims to be Christian and attends West Angeles COGIC, yet, why would he be involved in a movie that doesn't truly uphold God's word as authoritative? This movie actually implies terrible things about Christianity.

imranbecks said...

Hmmm.. I actually enjoyed the movie and I've already seen it a couple of times now.. Its one of my favorite movies in 2010.. >>>> SPOILERS AHEAD >>>> Really love the twist at the end when all the while that Eli was actually blind... Hence the bible was in braille.. Whether the movie implies terrible things abt Christian or not, I for one didn't see it as that... At the end of the day, it was only a movie.. And a good movie it was too..

Anonymous said...

"This movie actually implies terrible things about Christianity." so what exactly are these terrible things it implies?

Anonymous said...

"This movie actually implies terrible things about Christianity." so what exactly are these terrible things it implies?

Jerry McClellan said...

Ultimately the movie implies that it was Christianity that caused the post-apocalyptic environment in the movie. Also, at the end the bible is placed on a shelf along side other religious, non-Christian texts, inferring equality, it is the same as the "coexist" stickers you see on the bumper of a car. Lastly, the entire movie is spent without a single mention of Jesus Christ. Even when Eli taught the young girl how to pray, he never mentions Jesus or prays in the name of Jesus. Foolishness.

TYJesus said...

Finally someone who agrees with me. I've been trying to explain the hidden themes in this movie to my family but couldn't put my finger on what was wrong. Finally searched "Book of Eli (Gnosticism)" and found your post. Praise the Lord!!

TYJesus said...

Finally someone that is reading between the lines. I was getting frustrated trying to find out why I was so displeased with this movie then I finally searched: "Book of Eli (Gnosticism)" in google and found your post. God bless you for your Christian integrity. Glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ :)

Jerry McClellan said...

TYJesus, thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad to be of any help and very happy that there is finally another brother/sister in Christ that sees the truth for what it is. blessings to you!

Troy-Moses said...

Thanks for your blog, Jerry. I'm also glad you didn't tirelessly bore us with details on why "The Book of Eli" is a gnostic film. It is now up to us, the readers, to investigate how gnosticism has always been a thorn in the side of Christianity in the form of counterfeit-christianity.

When I heard the name, Eli, I didn't think of Elijah; but rather Eli the lazy prophet who allowed his sons to commit all manner of wickedness in the Temple of God: this very Eli fell and broke his neck. I am uncertain if Eli is held in high regard Biblically.

If anyone is interested to know, Hollywood is a gnostic machine that pumps out these form of movies to deceive naive "Christians" into false-christs, false-gospels and false-spirits. Being a Christian and being naive is a deadly combination. I highly recommend the documentary "Hollywood's War on God" to anyone who cares to know more about gnostic ideals, and how Hollywood uses these subtle luciferian messages to beguile the simple...

Troy-Moses said...

Thanks for your blog, Jerry. The "Book of Eli' is definitely a gnostic themed film. Gnosticism is about having some secret knowledge that does not need to be substantiated with scripture, being purely subjective. "Eli" is on a journey west... Think about it - shouldn't he be heading east?

Anyway - when I think of Eli, don't think of Elijah as you do; instead, the actual lazy prophet Eli who refused to discipline his sons regardless of their evils in the Temple of God. This very Eli fell and broke his neck - and I do not believe it is coincidence this movie was named after him.

Gnosticism has always been a sort of thorn in the side of Christianity - because it has the ability to morph into a type of counterfeit that could very well deceive many well-meaning, but naive Christians.

Hollywood is a type of gnostic machine that rolls out these sorts of movies to keep the simple, simple. If anyone cares to know more about gnosticism and Hollywood's roll in proliferating such themes, check out the documentary named "Hollywood's War on God". It will help to make all this make sense.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog, Jerry. The "Book of Eli' is definitely a gnostic themed film. Gnosticism is about having some secret knowledge that does not need to be substantiated with scripture, being purely subjective. "Eli" is on a journey west... Think about it - shouldn't he be heading east?

Anyway - when I think of Eli, don't think of Elijah as you do; instead, the actual lazy prophet Eli who refused to discipline his sons regardless of their evils in the Temple of God. This very Eli fell and broke his neck - and I do not believe it is coincidence this movie was named after him.

Gnosticism has always been a sort of thorn in the side of Christianity - because it has the ability to morph into a type of counterfeit that could very well deceive many well-meaning, but naive Christians.

Hollywood is a type of gnostic machine that rolls out these sorts of movies to keep the simple, simple. If anyone cares to know more about gnosticism and Hollywood's roll in proliferating such themes, check out the documentary named "Hollywood's War on God". It will help to make all this make sense.

Jerry McClellan said...

Thank you Troy-Moses for reading and commenting, great info about Eli, I will have to look into that one myself. You are right on though, it appears that the Hollywood culture is filled with gnostic/new age/luciferian belief systems, not only within the films but with many of the actors/writers themselves.

Anonymous said...

I watched the movie twice in two days now, and I totally do not agree with your response or your replies to the others. First, I dont fell you or the "anonomous" guy that you are discussing with paint a good picture of christians with all your arguing and bickering and the implied "hatred" there seems to be when reading your responses. With that being said, I saw this movie as a great movie encouraging christianity and showing how it can be a hope in a "dying" or dark world - one where people eat eachother (symbolically or in reality). I feel that your interpretations of what makes it a "bad" movie in one of your replies are completely wrong. First, the man said "some feel that it was the reason for the war." He did not say that christianity was the reason, or that it was even definite that it was the reason ("some feel" is not definite). Do you not see the problems that have occured in the middle east as a result of the Bible or religion? People over there kill eachother because they feel the land of Israel or Palestine is theirs as promised by God to Abraham (coming from the Bible). Dont you feel that the "war" they are referring to was then a result of the conflict over there that will never be resolved? Second, the Bible, if you pay close attention is placed between the Koran and the Torah (both religious texts). It shows that finally the text of Christianity is printed like the others. Obviously, the Torah or the Koran did not fix the world so maybe the bible will. Also, it is larger than any of the other texts maybe symbloizing that it is greater. Finally, it shows how Eli's mission as told to him by God was accomplished. Lastly, I do not feel it is "necessary" to pray in the name of Jesus. Before you blow a load, understand that I do feel it is good however. With "the book of Eli" he is almost like an Old Testament phrophet hearing from God, a time where Jesus was phrophesied of but never known. I do not feel it is not a "good" movie therefore because he does not mention the name Jesus. There are mulitple times that he quotes scripture and shows others like Solara the way to the Lord. As in the Old Testament, the times were not easy and much violence occured. Yes the movie was extremely violent, but dont you feel that the Old Testament was as well? With all this in mind, I hope you understand that I am not trying to "condem" you, just show you the ignorance you write with. (Ignorance is a lack of understanding not saying that you are stupid). God Bless.

Jerry McClellan said...

Thanks Anonymous for reading and posting a comment. While I understand where you are coming from, I obviously strongly disagree with you. I think it would be fair if you first research what Gnosticism is and Theosophy then take another look at the movie. You will see then what I am referring to as subtle messages for those who are "in the know". What we have witnessed in Eli as well as many other similar movies, i.e. "I Am Legend", is called externalization. They are exposing the "secret knowledge" to the public unawares. As far as your point about violence, yes, the OT was very violent, yet, none of it was ever morally justified unless the Lord Himself advocated it to mete out justice in His name. This is not the case in the movie. Also, I believe my premise regarding placing the blame for world destruction on the bible is sound in that even the villain of the film (played by Gary Oldman), wanted to seize the bible for his own use, as a means of controlling the people. The implications is quite obvious that the bible is an instrument of destruction, according to the film and is only useful when coupled with other religious texts. The film implies freedom of worship contrasted with legalistic control, yet, it completely misrepresents Christianity and as I stated, never points to true salvation through Jesus Christ. Even the OT itself mentions a saviour that will come, which is confirmed in the NT. So it IS a problem to not mention or at least hint at Jesus Christ in a movie that is supposed to have a "Christian" message.

Anonymous said...

What the heck does the "PPHS" after Alcatraz on the binder of the New King James Bible that he placed on the shelf mean???

SentinelofGod said...

Jerry I totally agree with your analysis of the movie. I watched that movie a while back, my eyes weren't yet opened back than. Now as I look look back the gnostic concept is all over, from beginning to end. Satan is trying his best to win the masses with the use of gnosticism he's turning the true Christian view upside down. I'd say gnosticism is in 90+ % of movies that come out these days. From the beginning of "the book of Eli" it should have been suspect because all post Apocalyptic movie blatantly deny the words of Jesus. Jesus states that He will come back, all post apocalyptic movies show that Jesus doesn't keep His word. They're basically, in a seemingly friendly way, saying the Bible is not to be trusted.

SentinelofGod said...

Jerry I totally agree with your analysis of the movie. I watched that movie a while back, my eyes weren't yet opened back than. Now as I look look back the gnostic concept is all over, from beginning to end. Satan is trying his best to win the masses with the use of gnosticism he's turning the true Christian view upside down. I'd say gnosticism is in 90+ % of movies that come out these days. From the beginning of "the book of Eli" it should have been suspect because all post Apocalyptic movie blatantly deny the words of Jesus. Jesus states that He will come back, all post apocalyptic movies show that Jesus doesn't keep His word. They're basically, in a seemingly friendly way, saying the Bible is not to be trusted.