Where, Oh Where Could He Be?

A Disturbing Poll

Recently, I came across a poll that was disturbing, while at the same time humorous. Let me share it with you.

The Public Religion Research Institute published a survey that asked Americans, among other things, whether or not Osama bin Laden went to hell. Believe it or not, only around 62% believed that he is suffering in hades {click here for poll}. Where else could he be?

Now, keep in mind that the majority of Americans believe in heaven (80%), or at least some version of it (mostly unbiblical). And for most Americans, there is a belief that evil people will be punished in the afterlife. The numbers, from what I have seen in the past, are more than 62%. So, if this is the case, where should we expect to see bin Laden? If not in hell, I have some ideas….

Potential bin Laden Abodes…

  • Heaven – yes he could have gotten there by the grace of God. Who knows? Maybe one of Seal Team 6 was an evangelical that convinced Osama he needed a Savior, prayed with him, offered him communion, and then tripped over his rifle? It coulda’ happened, I suppose.
  • Disney World – As part of a special, top-secret interigation technique, the CIA has forced him to shave and put on Mickey Mouse ears, while also being forced to ride the It’s a Small World ride. Eventually, he would break, because what else could be considered “hell on earth,” if not that?
  • Again, Heaven – maybe all of the Christians are wrong and the Muslims are correct? Maybe he is partying with his 72, 71, 70, wait…how many virgins are left? Maybe Muslim heaven really is hell. After the 72 are no more, eternity is going to be a long, long time.
  • Wal-Mart – if Osama is not dead, or even if he is, then spending time at Wal-Mart is not unlikely. Just think, hasn’t Elvis been spotted there plenty of times? And have you seen the type of people that shop there? He wouldn’t look out of place, especially in California.
  • Heaven, yet againRob Bell could be right, so bin Laden and Hitler may be sharing a mansion and talking about the good ole’ days.
  • Under da Sea! – “Under da sea/ under da sea/ I can blow bubbles/ don’t need no doubles/ under da sea/ ….under da sea/ under da sea/ can’t get to heaven, cause of 9-11/ under da sea…  See ole’ bin Laden tossin’ the turban/ catchin’ a ride on a suicide blue fin/ tossed from a ship and just taking a dip/ under da sea”

The Truth

Seriously though, where can we find the truth? The Word of God – the Bible. Regardless of what 39% of the population think, if Osama bin Laden never accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and King, then his future does not look good. It doesn’t matter what kind of atrocities he committed or encouraged.

Jesus was very clear about what awaits those who deny Him and choose their own path. Even though Osama might have been a sincere man of faith, his faith was misplaced. THAT is why, if he died without Christ, he is in hell.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. – John 3:36

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. – Acts 4:12

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. – Revelation 20:15

Truth is not changed by polling data.

7 Comments

Filed under America, cults, General Observations, salvation, World View

7 responses to “Where, Oh Where Could He Be?

  1. heather joy

    Awesome post, Pastor Baker. I got a couple of good chuckles out of it. :]

  2. Camera

    http://pewforum.org/Pew-Forum/About-the-Pew-Forum.aspx (linked to give you an idea who and where Greg Smith is from)

    Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew. –

    “When asked about their views on an afterlife, 74 percent of Americans affirmed their belief, with 50 percent saying they believed with “absolute certainty.” ”

    “Heaven is also apparently more popular than hell. While 74 percent of Americans believe in heaven, just 59 percent believe hell, Smith said.”

    “We also shouldn’t overlook the fact that there is some diversity in the nature and certainty with which people hold those beliefs,” he said. Not all people are absolutely certain of their faith, and some say they believe in an impersonal spirit over a personal god. ”

    So yeah, 62% believing he’s in hell lines up with the Pew’s polling data.

    “Jesus was very clear about what awaits those who deny Him and choose their own path.”

    Since Jesus was in error about slavery you have to wonder what else he got wrong.

    • Hey Camera,

      First off, your comment justified my decision to allow your first comment. What do I mean? Well, the comment filter in WordPress initially tagged you as spam. I almost permanently deleted you; but, then I got the feeling you might be more than a “camera” add. So, thanks for “being real” 😉

      Secondly, however, I’m not so sure I understand what you’re referring to when you talk about Jesus being wrong about slavery. If what you are referring to is his seeming approval of slavery, then I believe you may be missing some of the context.

      Now, when it comes to Jesus being wrong, that presents a whole different problem altogether. If Jesus was ever wrong, misinformed, or deceived, then his very nature would be null and void. His claim to be “the way, the TRUTH, and the life” would therefore hold little, if any value. The ramifications of that would be no less than an entire faith left useless.

  3. Camera

    Don’t get me wrong, the world is a better place without him in it.

    But the only crime I can envision justifying eternal torture would be the crime of condemning someone to eternal torture.

    • I understand your concern, believe me. Eternal punishment in Hell is not a reality I want to believe, but I can’t deny it. As best I can interpret scripture, the abode of the dead is eternal, regardless of the destination.

      There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to eternal damnation. For me to attempt to totally clarify them all here would be insane. But one thing remains sure: Jesus is the way “to” a place when this life ends; therefore, without Him, if the soul is eternal, where will it “go” without Him?

      The biggest fact that can’t be denied (unless one denies the words of scripture), is that man, if he dies without forgiveness of sin, is doomed to be separated from the presence of God forever. Regardless of one’s belief in the existence of fire and brimstone, the idea of being utterly alone for eternity should be “hell” enough.

      Well, Camera, that is just a “snapshot” of my beliefs 🙂 I just pray that you never have to find out what Hell is like. For me, my faith in Jesus Christ, however, is more out of a love for Him than a desire to avoid being toasted for ages to come. I hope you feel the same.

      Blessings to you.

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