Some Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden

How should the Christian react to the death of Osama bin Laden after more than a decade of terror?

  • Are we to rejoice that this hero of terrorists is dead? Is the Bible contradicting itself when many Psalms are prayers for the demise of wicked people, but Jesus’s commandments include loving our enemies? Almost four years ago, I wrote this post, “Lord, please nuke them!” wherein I explained this apparent contradiction. This is the huge difference between true Christians and true Muslims: the former prays for the latter’s salvation, while the latter wields the sword against the former if he doesn’t submit.
  • Can we definitely say that he is now in hell? According to Rob Bell and other universalists, will he (and Hitler, Nero, Stalin, Pol Post,etc.) ultimately be rejoicing together with us at the heavenly feast of the Lamb? You’ll be surprised where Osama is spending his afterlife, according to Rob Bell, in “Love Wins.”
  • Warren Cruz has another profitable post, “Osama bin Laden and Anthropomorphism,” to answer the question whether we should be gloating at Osama’s death.
  • “Justice is done,” so says President Obama and everyone. But for God, justice was served when God poured out his hellish wrath on Christ as our Substitute as he atoned for the sins of his people. There is no justice without punishment. In OBL’s case, the punishment in this world is his death by the sword, and in the afterlife, hell. But the Bible says that all humankind are condemned to hell (Rom 5:18; 2Pet 2:6) because all have sinned against a holy and just God (Rom 3:10-12, 23). This is as it should be. Only when a person repents of his sin and believes in Christ that he is declared saved from hell.

UPDATE: Dr. Michael Horton’s reflections on “The Death of Osama bin Laden: What Kind of Justice Has Been Done?”

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