Osama bin Laden
I woke up this morning to the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. special forces troops in a location just a few short miles from the capital of Pakistan. America rejoices that the mastermind behind 9/11 is dead. I am not rejoicing because the spirit of another human being who was deceived by Satan is now in its final resting place separated eternally from the God he believed he served.
There is no doubt in my mind the man deserved to die, should die, and would die sooner or later for his atrocities against his fellow man, but if we are upset, we should be upset at the one who so easily duped this mass murderer into believing he was doing God’s will in killing innocent people.
God’s Word tells us if we live by the sword, we will die by the sword. Osama bin Laden got what was coming to him, and the manner in which it came to him did not surprise me. But is bin Laden really all that much different than any other deceived person who thinks they can live life according to their rules and there will not be a pay day coming? As bad as bin Laden was, he really was not all that much different than many other deceived people who go about their daily lives lying about people in hopes of seeing them suffer in some way, verbally abusing them to make themselves look bigger in the eyes of other people, etc. Osama bin Laden carried his destructive actions out physically against man, therefore we believe he should receive the harsher punishment, but in the end according to God’s Word the results will be the same for the liar and the abuser as that of the murderer.
God’s Word also tells us, “Some men’s sins go before them, meaning their sins are not hidden from the eyes of mankind, while other people’s sins follow after them.” The sins that follow after are not physical atrocities per se’ against another person, therefore we do not consider them to be sins because so many people do them, but they are sins nevertheless and the final punishment for the murderer and the liar will be the same because the intentions of both are to cause harm to another person. DThrash