What If There’s Only One Left?

16 Apr
Spoiler Alert: Be careful, what you’re about to read may contain spoilers to the movie: The Book of Eli.It happened that I just watched one of the newest movies around the block called The Book of Eli. The movie told a story about a man, Eli, on the last part of his 30 year journey to the west to deliver the last known copy of the Bible (apparently the KJV). Long story short, the world suffered from a war (somehow related to the Bible) and later all the Bible in the world was burnt to ashes and only one copy remained. Of course, there are several major and minor bad guys along the movie trying to take away the Bible from him and he fought them off one by one using a combination of “protection from the high” and a menacing martial art.Since I was not doing a movie review, I wouldn’t go at length on the (quite many) biblical references in the movie, but I would say that this is not a religious movie. In fact, I would say that the part that the Bible took in the movie was similar to the lost ark or the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones movies.

But nonetheless I felt a trickle in my mind tonight so I wrote this up. The big question in the movie was, “can Eli make it to the west and deliver the Bible?”

Halfway down the movie, while the actors were killing each other using guns and shotguns and grenades and bazookas, I realized that I already knew the answer to that question. Not because this was a Hollywood movie where 99% of the protagonists finished their jobs and kissed the girls, but because I remembered what two of Jesus’ disciples wrote in two different occasions. Of course, you’ll fine the other authors of the Bible wrote on this topic as well, but I guess two would be a sufficient ignition for us to study further on our own later. And by the way, just for the sake of the fun fact of the movie, I’d quote them in the KJV.

Matthew in his lengthy yet marvelous reportage of Sermon on The Mount, quoted what Jesus said regarding the Word of God. Matthew 5:18, “for verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” For me, it’s just wonderful. It’s like a double guarantee. If any part of the Bible’s going to vanish, then first, you’d have to wait until heaven and earth passed, and second, you’d have to wait until all the Word be fulfilled.

And then (of course) there’s Peter. I Peter 1:24-25, “for all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withered, and the flower thereof falleth away; But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” The Bible that we have today, that preached to us about God and Jesus and Holy Spirit, is in a totally different dimension from us. The Bible endures for ever (and ever). For Jesus Himself is the Word and He is the first and the last. And Jesus was preached unto us and we can be totally sure that Jesus would be preached from Jerusalem to Judaea to Samaria and to the uttermost part of the Earth. I believe God wouldn’t settle for less.

Well, in the end, the assurance that the Bible won’t vanish shouldn’t make us feel secure in any way that make us appreciate (and read) the Bible less. Remember, there were and there could be more times where people would crave for the Word of God but they didn’t receive any. The Bible and our history spoke to us about this. And remember, the Great Commission, the base of evangelism and discipleship, was not just a show in the Bible. It was meant to be a serious duty and we’re on a tour of duty even now. So, stop slacking and go preach the gospel.

Editor’s Note: this particular doctrine on the preservation of God’s Word can be further discussed under the subjects of the doctrine of the Bible, the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible, the canonization of the Bible, and the authority of the Bible.

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Posted by on April 16, 2010 in It's A Short Life


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