No one can honestly say that Bin Laden was not evil and that he will not be judged for his evil deeds. The whole drive and passion of his life was to do evil, to terrorize innocent people. And the Bible has laid out harsh consequences for such people.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction.
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars — their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
But I think all of us are careful not to point the finger at him with too much force and self-righteousness, less we become hypocrites. For all of us feel the tendency to do evil; all of us have those sinful inclinations.
And lest we begin to compare ourselves with Bin Laden and say, “Okay, I have sins, but I would never be as evil as him,” take a look at Romans 3:10-18, which describes everyone’s natural tendency, and the way we would be without God’s intervention in our lives.
10 as it is written,
“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”
13 “THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,”
“THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”;
14 “WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”;
15 “THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
16 DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
17 AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.”
18 “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.”
If this sounds like what you think Bin Laden is like, take another look. This passage is a description of all people and the way we naturally are without Jesus.
So I suppose we could say that none of us are really any different, any better than Bin Laden as far as our original (birthed) nature is concerned. If left to ourselves without Christ, we would all be just as evil, just as sinful.
And though we all try to do well and to hold back our sin, we can’t really do it without God’s help. Our evil nature will ultimately bring us all down to the pit of hell, where we will suffer forever the consequences of our sin. For Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And in Romans 6: 23, “For the wages of sin is death…” Because of our sins we are forever separated from God and doomed to pay the just penalty forever, which is hell (Revelation 20:15).
There is really only one way anyone can escape the inevitable consequences of his sin: it is if, and only if those sins were to be forgiven by God. And in fact God has provided for us His forgiveness for anyone who will accept this gift. But that is the whole problem; many do not choose to accept His forgiveness and so they remain in their sins, separated from God and doomed to judgment.
This is a huge tragedy. For God saw our predicament and He sent His son to die a cruel death for our sins; He paid the penalty for our sins with His own bloods that we could be forgiven and free from sin (1 Peter 2:24)—but for many, his death in love for us has been wasted!! Because they resist His love, their sins go unpaid for and they are left to pay the wages for their own sin (Romans 6:23).
And so the conclusion is this: if you have not received Christ, have not accepted His love and forgiveness for your sins, you are facing the same judgment as Bin Laden. Yes, you will be found in the same place—without God, without hope…forever.