“God directs our lives and brings circumstances and people into our lives with an unending amount of combinations, to bring about His purposes for us” (“Lecture 5,” 2014). This statement is true for Eli, the main character in The Book of Eli. He lives in a world riddled with crime and violence. It is a battleground between good versus evil. As a result, one can’t help but be drawn into the life of Eli as he travels across desolate land encountering bikers, gangs, young girls, bartenders, henchmen, and others under, oftentimes, life-threatening circumstances. The movie portrays a main character that epitomizes the Christian worldview in his quest to safeguard the sacred word of God while battling the evils of what remains of a world thirty years after it has been destroyed by war.
From a voice he hears, Eli realizes his purpose in life is to protect and preserve the only surviving Bible. He is a blind man traveling west. He is guided by his faith in God rather than by what he can see. His goal is to get the Book to others who respect and worship the sacred text. In doing so, he hopes the Book will bring about a better future for the world and restore mankind.
Though he is determined to stay out of conflicts with others, many times Eli is attacked by gangs that rule the roads of what has become a civilization without laws. In fact, he is often heard saying, “Stay on the path. It’s not your concern” (The Book of Eli, 2010). He is also wanted by Carnegie who is familiar with God and His word, yet has no respect for the Bible. Carnegie understands the power of the Bible. As a result, he desires it thinking it will give him the power to rule over what is left of the world. He is ruthless and selfish. He orders killings and even orders Solara, a young girl, to have sex with Eli in hopes of getting the Book. His actions identify him as one with a secular worldview.
Though he is not perfect, Eli tries to live his life based on what he believes and walks by faith in God. He risks his life and must kill many people in self-defense. Throughout the movie Eli prays and quotes Scripture. He even teaches Solara to pray. She is curious about the book when she hears him recite, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:2). She wants him to read it to her. Through their interactions, Eli realizes faith cannot be just found in spoken words. It must be demonstrated in actions. This was evident in the scene when Eli and Solara find themselves in...