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Denzel Washington Looks to the Bible for Lessons on Love, Wisdom

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Actor Denzel Washington arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. "The Book Of Eli" at Grauman's Chinese Theater on January 11, 2010 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Oscar-winner Denzel Washington has always had strong religious beliefs, and he follows the Bible's advice when it comes to loving others. He said: "My father was a Pentecostal minister for 50 years. We would say prayers for everything and end with, 'Amen, God is love.' I thought 'God is love' was like one word, 'Godislove.' I didn't really realize what it meant. I'm still learning. But the fundamental message is in the Bible, which I've read three times from front to back, along with some of the Koran and the Torah. If you don't practice love, you're missing the point. I believe in love thy neighbor."

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The Training Day star, who has four children with wife Pauletta, says being spiritual has helped him realize what he wants to do with his life. He told Parade.com: "I'm sitting around in my big house with all this stuff asking myself, 'What do you want? You got everything. What do you want, Denzel?' And it hit me like a brick."

He continued, 'I thought, 'I want wisdom and understanding.' I was talking to a buddy of mine who runs the Boys and Girls Clubs in the town where I grew up -- he's also a pastor -- and he said, 'Denzel, go back to Proverbs, Chapter 4.' I told my wife and she said, 'Yeah, my father lived by that.' Basically, it's saying that wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom and understanding even though it costs all your possessions. I thought, 'That's a life's work right there.' "

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