Is Hell is a Good Thing?–More Thoughts on Bin Laden’s Death

by Max Andrews

As the days continue to pass since new of Bin Laden’s death my interaction with other Christians have been quite mixed.  Some are more saddened that he has gone to hell and some are more joyous that he is dead.  I’m careful about how I make that distinction.  My continuous reflection has got me thinking, “Why am I not more appreciative of justice?”

This is how I work it out and how I believe God views mercy and justice.  Antecedently, God willed and genuinely desired Bin Laden to repent and to respond to the revelation he has been given.  However, consequently, because of Bin Laden’s rejection of God and infatuation with evil, God has willed that Bin Laden atone for his own sins and for there to be justice.  This justice is his death and punishment in the afterlife.  Why am I not taking joy in God’s justice?  I believe my apprehension of justice is far removed from how God loves justice since it is ontologically based in him.

Yes, antecedently we should not joyful that Bin Laden is taking on his own punishment.  However, in turn and consequently, God is receiving his glory from Bin Laden’s sins being atoned for.  For the Christian, hell is a good thing, hell is the means by which God renders justice to those who have not had their sins atoned for by Jesus Christ on the cross.  The important thing is to make the antecedent-consequent distinction in how we respond.


One Comment to “Is Hell is a Good Thing?–More Thoughts on Bin Laden’s Death”

  1. Psalm 52: “1Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

    2The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

    3Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

    4Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

    5God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

    6The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

    7Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

    8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

    9I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.”

    Did you see that? the righteous LAUGH at the destruction of the wicked and this is a GOOD thing according to David and God and the Bible. Something to think about.

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