"What will God do with Osama bin Laden? There is no hate in heaven. There is only love. And in heaven, love is also just, is also always the right relationship that God desires for all of creation. There are no terrorists in heaven. Only God's beloved children."
This was originally written in response to 9-11. But seems even more relevant now upon hearing of the death of Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011.
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Since I believe that God is present in every moment of existence, and is the God of all creation, the question must be asked:
What is God going to do with the terrorists who died on September 11?
I also believe that God is both wholly just and wholly merciful, and that nothing can thwart God’s purposes. So the question cannot be avoided:
What does God do with a dead terrorist?
I do not know the mind of God of course, but offer the following act of imagination as a personal response.