Searching for Muses: Do Bible Verses Support Osama’s Death?

According to statistics today, a great deal of blog hits have come from people searching for Biblical support for Osama’s death.  I worry greatly about people who seek validation for modern affairs in a book, as a part of a corpus of other books, gathered hundreds of years ago, wherein the books within were written thousands of years ago, and for completely different reasons (albeit, the reasons were theological–not prophetic).

Here are some of the search queues:

  • bible verses osama
  • bible verses to support osama bin laden’s death
  • bible verse osama bin laden
  • acripture regarding bin ladens death (sic)
  • good bible verses relating to osama’s death
  • bible verses about osama bin laden death
  • christian verses on bin laden
  • bible verses on the death of osama
  • how to apply scripture to bin ladens death

I stress again what I have stressed countless times before.  It is dilettante-esque to believe one can (a) find passages to support murder in an ancient book, written for other reasons, hundreds of years ago and (b) find verses which mention or discuss current events (you have to not only be a dilettante, but you have to be completely stupid to think Osama is mentioned or discussed in the Bible–so if you were one of those people who were searching for Biblical references to Osama…don’t admit it to anyone and save yourself the embarrassment).

So what should you do if you want to find validation for the death of Osama?  Here are some thoughts:

  1. Seek council from other (currently living, that is to say, alive) human beings.  You can find them in your church, synagogue, mosque, community center, school, where ever.  But the Bible doesn’t have the answers because (*gasp*) the books of the Bible weren’t written for you.
  2. Consider why you are seeking reasons to happily justify death with more death (while I am as relieved as any other American that Osama is dead, I still recognize that killing is killing, regardless how you dress it up).
  3. If you are seeking evidence from the Bible that the death of Osama will usher in the end times, you might need serious medical or psychological evaluation.  Or you can join a cult and follow this loon.  He’s a dilettante as well, so you can have all sorts of deplorable and dilettantish conversations that distort and manipulate the Biblical texts. (But just to be sure you’re aware, since you are into these sorts of dilettante things, the world will not end this month either).

Whatever you choose to do, do something.  Because, trust me, if you got here by searching for these or similar terms, you’re doing it wrong.

8 Responses

  1. […] Searching for Muses: Do Bible Verses Support Osama’s Death? […]

  2. I was remained of the part in the Book of Revelation, when the two prophets are killed and the world has a holiday as they watch there bodies. I of course was celebrating the death of this prophet who tormented the world with his plagues my self. Well of to buy my “Osama is dead” gifts.

  3. Tough pill to swallow that those have been the searches today. Thanks for sharing this. Helps me get a perspective on what people are looking for in terms of answers.

    Recent article I wrote:
    Osama bin Laden’s Death: Wrestling With Violence in Defense of Justice http://goo.gl/fb/IZhZV

    ”I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

  4. I am reticent to ever seek or wish death for another human, but the one exception I generally allow is when a person’s remaining alive would very likely lead to more unwarranted death.

    I suspect this is the case with Osama. Had there been a public trial, there might well have been Al-Qaeda reprisals. Had he been sentenced to life imprisonment, he would likely have been able to give orders for fatwas from within prison.

    At the very least, he is responsible for the death of thousands of people, and guilty of crimes against humanity by U.N. standards. Historical precedent justifies his death.

    And the funny thing is, I figured this out with my own moral compass, and no reference to any holy books. Funny, that.

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  7. @Tom…The quote is not quite “fake”. The first sentence if it is not attributed to him. The rest should be.

    “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” (MLK-Strength to Love)

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