Denzel Washington: The Bible is 'The Answer People Are Looking For ... Give It a Shot'

By Michael W. Chapman | April 14, 2015 | 7:59pm EDT

In explaining why the Bible is a best seller year after year, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington said there is something "tugging" inside of us, "telling us to believe in something," which is God, and that the Bible provides "the answer people are looking for" even if they do not realize it at first.

In an interview about an audio Bible that Denzel Washington and his wife, Pauletta Pearson Washington, had worked on several years ago, CBS reporter Tracy Smith asked, "Why do you two think the Bible is the best seller year after year after year that it is?"

Denzel Washington said, "I think that because inside of every one of us, we have something tugging at us, telling us to believe in something, to have faith in something bigger than ourselves. I think that that -- that we're born with that. I think that's natural, that's the God in us."

"And some people get misguided as to what it is," he said,  "and they start believing in, you know, playing [Tarot] cards or whatever it is they're going to believe in."

Denzel Washington as "Eli," reading the Bible in a scene from the 2010 movie "The Book of Eli." (Photo: Warner Bros.)

"But that thing is gnawing at each and every one of us," said Washington. "We all have that. So we all search, hopefully, and this [the Bible] is a part of that."

"This is actually the answer people are looking for, they just don't know it," he said.  "Listen to it [audio Bible]. Give it a shot, is what I'm saying. Okay?"

Pauletta Pearson Washington then said, "I still think you can find any answer in there, I believe. And not just any answer but the truth of the question."

Denzel Washington then interjected, arguing that the audio Bible is very attractive because it puts the stories and the language in modern speech and it is spoken from a voice people recognize or know.

"It's like, okay, that's that person I know who's done this or that, or even something you don't know but it sounds familiar," he said. "It's one of your own putting it out there."

Denzel Washington, 60, has four children and is a Pentacostal Christian. He won an Academy Award for best actor in the 2001 film Training Day, and a best supporting actor Academy Award for the 1989 film Glory.

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