Is Osama Bin Laden in Heaven?
The answer, of course, depends on our religious beliefs, or lack of. Christian answers would run from “No” to “Maybe,” but few, if any, would say “Yes.”
What would Jesus answer? After all, he is the one who makes the decision.
We cannot know the answer, but we must admit that it is possible. Look at the case of Ahab. He was so bad that God Himself said: (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.) NIV
Even though it was Jezebel who arranged for the murder of Naboth, it was Ahab’s responsibility. God sent Elijah to deliver the curse: This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours! NIV
Having read about Ahab and Jezebel, most of us are rooting for the dogs; they were BAD.
Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day. NIV
What was God thinking?
He may have had the words of Jesus in mind: I tell you that her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love. NJB I like the stress of this translation. She was able to show love because she was forgiven. How often do we forget that we are sinners, forgiven sinners? How often do we think like Simon the Pharisee, that she is a sinner and we are not?
We do not want to forget to read the last verses of the Gospel assignment for today, for in it we learn that: Yeshua traveled about from town to town and village to village, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God. CJB The Good News. The Good News that God is the God of Mercy. The Good News that the God of Mercy has forgiven our sins. The Good News that God loves us so much He is willing to allow sinners to enter into His presence.
I do not reject God’s gracious gift; for if the way in which one attains righteousness is through legalism, then the Messiah’s death was pointless. CJB
Be righteous and do good.