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Mourning the Loss of an Image-Bearer

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by jaigner, May 2, 2011.

  1. jaigner

    jaigner Active Member

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    Bin Laden did horrific things, that's for sure. He was also made in God's image and ascribed great worth by virtue of Christ's death on the cross. His life was as valuable as any of ours.

    We can debate whether this needed to be done, but celebrating his death is unconscionable, as I see it.
     
  2. Baptist Believer

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    I am pleased that a measure of justice has been served, but I am rather indifferent to his death.

    The best metaphor I can come up with is the satisfaction of finally catching a destructive rat in the trap that I've been baiting for years, but there is no joy in his death.
     
  3. Andy T.

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    Thousands of people die every day around the globe either through natural causes or by violent means. Why are you mourning Bin Laden's death? Are you in mourning for the person who just died one second ago? How about the one dying now - are you mourning his death?
     
  4. Andy T.

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    My sentiments exactly.

    I think to actually mourn the death of a Bin Laden is more sick and twisted than those who are cheering his death.
     
  5. jaigner

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    I would mourn the same for the others who die violent deaths. That doesn't make me sick and twisted. The way people are carrying on, it's as if he was sub-human. That is fundamentally skewed thinking.
     
  6. Andy T.

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    So we only mourn people who die violent deaths? You didn't answer my question. Why are you mourning his death, and not the myriad deaths listed in your local paper's obits?

    Again, I think you are the one with the deeper problem to actually mourn his death. Mourning the deceased is reserved for people who are close to us, or people who did not deserve to die (like the 3,000 on 9/11), or maybe a respected head of state. Let Bin Laden's family mourn him. For you to do so is just an attempt at false humility.
     
  7. Thousand Hills

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    Agree. I'm glad to hear justice has been served, and hope its not a political ploy by the Obama administration. But I'm not taking to the streets either.

    For the OP to even post this thread is disturbing. But a look at past threads puts things in perspective.

    http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?t=68669&highlight=laden
     
  8. StefanM

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    I agree. This is just pseudopiety.
     
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    I don't celebrate his death as much as I celebrate that justice has been done.
     
  10. Salty

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    I do not see where Jai is mourning his death - rather he is asking why are we celebrating his death.
    Personally, I am relieved at his passing, insomuch that others will not be victims of his ruthlessness.

    I was thinking about this today - in spite of what we think of Bin Laden or politics in general - did anyone ever pray for his salvation?

    Matt 5:13-14
    Ye have heard that it hath been said Thou shalt love thy neighborur and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.
     
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    The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. Ps 58:10

    When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. Prov 11:10
     
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    Well said.

    Of course...strictly speaking, bin Laden isn't an enemy. And he doesn't persecute us. Dead folks don't meet the criteria.
     
  13. Salty

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    It should be noted that Aaron quoted the OT, and Salty the NT
    I would agree that we need to strike a proper balance.

    Now shall we pray for Bin Laden's # 2 man?
     
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    Righteousness doesn't change, and since it is a proper characteristic of righteousness to rejoice when he sees the blood of the innocent avenged, I would be the last to dampen their spirits.
     
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    He's less of a threat to America than Obama and the Democrats. O for the opportunity to rejoice again.
     
  16. jaigner

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    Really? Christ willingly suffered the cross so that people as bad as bin Laden could wear his righteousness. That is the ultimate act of service. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that picture.
     
  17. StefanM

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    Fixed it for you.

    You can cry all you want for Bin Laden. Make sure you keep it up while you are at it to feel sorry for Hitler, Pol Pot, and Stalin.
     
  18. Salty

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    Jaigner, I guess you and I are buddies now:1_grouphug:
     
  19. jaigner

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    I know what I said. Christ died for the worst of sinners.
     
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    I believe the judgment that has come to Bin laden should give everyone serious pause. While we have not acted in the exact same way we all deserve the same judgment minus the cross. Except by the grace of God there go I.
     
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