Hamby’s Blog: Osama’s Missing Body

I enjoyed this brief challenge to fundamentalist conservatives (I would note that Hamby is not making any claims here, simply stating a fault in logical thought).  Here is a snippet:

All of a sudden, you are skeptics.  It happened within a week, but you’re digging for any reason — any reason at all — to doubt the authenticity of Bin Laden’s death.  Even when the highest authority available has sworn it to be true.  Even though the people who were sheltering him have corroborated the account.  Even though DNA experts have corroborated the account.  Even though the cost of lying would be enormous for the U.S.  (Imagine if Bin Laden released a time stamped video next week!)

And yet, you believe Jesus existed even though there is no body, no corroboration, no contemporary evidence whatsoever, and his “biography” is from an anonymous author decades after the alleged event.

I’m sorry, but that is one of the most preposterous double standards I’ve ever seen.  Hypocrite much?

via Osama’s Missing Body.

Searching for Muses: More Osama Dilettantism

Dilettantes Internet browsers found this site by searching the following (I’ll be brief…):

is osamas death in the bible?

No.

how does osama’s death relate to the bible

It doesn’t.

bible quotes about osama

There are none.

Now stop being dilettantes and go back to watching American Idol or something.

See here and here for more details.

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.

Thoughts on the use of Scripture and Osama bin Laden’s Death

A lot of my colleagues and fellow Bibliobloggers are writing on the temperament of Christian reactions of the death of Osama bin Laden.  In particular, it seems the focus is on urging the reading the Matt 5.44, Luke 6.28, or Matt 5.39.  These are verses which prescribe tolerance and acceptance.  In a way, yes, I certainly agree, but all of this ‘turn the other cheek’ language is seems misplaced when we read Luke 19:27:

“‘But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

And I raise this point merely to support Jim West’s post, which quotes Pro 24:17-18.  We can continue to accept that Jesus would want peace, that he would never stand for the death of another individual, that killing is murder, regardless of how you dress it up and therefore Jesus would disapprove.  But when we exegete verses, wherein we pick and choose which words of Jesus to follow while ignoring others, like Luke 19:27, we are only supporting a narrowed view of scripture.  Which is why we need to remember that, when we attempt to bring verses from the Bible out to support a modern situation by giving them a modern interpretation, we only hurt the value of the text.

Jesus might have been portrayed as someone who encouraged his followers to turn the other cheek, to accept their fate, but he was also portrayed as someone who did not shy away from conflict and, more often than not, sought it out from those he saw as enemies of the kingdom.  Remember, he did not come to bring peace (Matt 10.24, cf. Lk 12.51, Rev 6.4).

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

So tolerate, and if you are a Christian, do so with the remembrance that your Christianity is not the same as Luke’s, Matthew’s, or Mark’s, not even John’s.  And what you practice today is a product of society.  When you use verses of the Bible and exegete them for the purpose of reinventing them for a modern world, you must also be sure to use a disclaimer.  Otherwise you risk becoming no different than the fundamentalists who distort the Bible for their own purposes.

For more information, read here.

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