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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Is Osama Bin Laden In Heaven Or Hell? - An objectively structured analysis based on Catechism of Catholic Church

We are quite aware of how one will be saved. It is through Jesus Christ. There is no point of debate about it among us. But, there is a matter which is not known to many – who all will be saved?

Let us discuss this doctrine of Catholic Church in detail.

Who is the savior?

God’s word says:

I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, no man comes unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6).

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) 

It is clear that Jesus Christ is the only savior.

Who all will be saved?

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13)

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever doesn't believe will be condemned (Mark 16:16)

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)

What does it mean?

The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation… Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. (CCC 1257)

So, what is baptism?

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (CCC 1213)

How does one get saved through baptism?

By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam's sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God. (CCC 1263)

No matter how one was before baptism. If Osama had been baptized just before death he would have entered into the kingdom of God even though he had murdered many. The same is applicable to all who receive baptism.

Remember what He said through the parable of Laborers in the Vineyard.
Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. (Matthew 20:14)

Had Osama received baptism?

Don’t simply say “no” before reading the rest. To know this we should know the ways by which one can get baptized.

In catholic church there is a unique way of celebrating baptism with the following essential elements always  present: proclamation of the Word, acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion,  profession of faith, Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion. There is no way for Osama had received it.

Apart from this, According to Catechism of Catholic Church, there is baptism in some special circumstances.

1.       Those who suffer death for the sake of the faith without having received Baptism are baptized by their death for and with Christ. This Baptism of blood, like the desire for Baptism, brings about the fruits of Baptism without being a sacrament.(CCC 1258)
Osama died but not for the sake of faith in Christ. So no way…

2.       For catechumens (group of people preparation for Baptism) who die before their Baptism, their explicit desire to receive it, together with repentance for their sins, and charity, assures them the salvation that they were not able to receive through the sacrament (CCC 1259). The catechumenate is to be "a formation in the whole Christian life . . . during which the disciples will be joined to Christ their teacher. The catechumens should be properly initiated into the mystery of salvation and the practice of the evangelical virtues, and they should be introduced into the life of faith, liturgy, and charity of the People of God by successive sacred rites. (CCC 1248).

Again there is no way for he had got baptized as he had not been preparing for baptism.

3.       Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved. It may be supposed that such persons would have desired Baptism explicitly if they had known its necessity. (CCC 1260)

Had he sought the truth of God? Had he done the will of God? The family and culture in which he was brought up had good values enough to lead a person to do the will of God. He had none of the good values from that culture. 

No matter even if the surroundings were wrong as each person has a sense to discriminate between good and evil. Did he has such a good sense? 

So I wish to stress the word “understanding of it”.  We should consider the understanding level also as it differs from person to person. His leadership in organizing murders show that he had a good intelligence and hence a good understanding capacity. So he might had some sense to discriminate good and evil. That is he is not an insane to be considered under McNaughton Rules.

I hardly find any way by which he would have baptized as he did not seeks the truth and do the will of God in accordance with his understanding. So with this I am concluding that he was not baptized. And hence he is not likely to be entered into the kingdom of God. It is an incomplete argument as we could not assess his understanding level fully.

Only God can estimate one’s  sense of discrimination between good and evil and hence only He can Judge. And in His judgment if He finds something congenitally wrong with his sense of discrimination then, he may enter into His kingdom. 

To God alone be all the Glory, Honor, and Praise. In Jesus' name. 

1.       Baptism is essential for salvation
a.       All salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body: Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it. (CCC 846)

b.       This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:
c.       Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation. (CCC 847)

d.       But church continues her mission, going around the world, baptizing all in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So that all can take part in the celebration of liturgy and receive all sacraments. This enables them to wrestle with the sin and hence to enter into the eternity.

2.       All baptized will not be saved
a.       Yet certain temporal consequences of sin remain in the baptized, such as suffering, illness, death, and such frailties inherent in life as weaknesses of character, and so on, as well as an inclination to sin that Tradition calls concupiscence, or metaphorically, "the tinder for sin" (fomes peccati); since concupiscence "is left for us to wrestle with, it cannot harm those who do not consent but manfully resist it by the grace of Jesus Christ." Indeed, "an athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules." (CCC 1264).
b.       Even though incorporated into the Church, one who does not however persevere in charity is not saved. He remains indeed in the bosom of the Church, but 'in body' not 'in heart.' (CCC 837)
c.       One should defeat his sinful nature and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation frequently to make sure his salvation

3.       Who can baptize?
a.       The ordinary ministers of Baptism are the bishop and priest and, in the Latin Church, also the deacon. In case of necessity, anyone, even a non-baptized person, with the required intention, can baptize, by using the Trinitarian baptismal formula. The intention required is to will to do what the Church does when she baptizes. The Church finds the reason for this possibility in the universal saving will of God and the necessity of Baptism for salvation. (CCC 1256)

4.       Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe. The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop.

5.       It is hardly impossible to enter into the Kingdome of God unless you try hard to do potentially mortal sins like worshiping Satan

6.       I was not judging Osama instead, was trying to convey my message through an example. No one shall judge one another.

a.       Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. (Romans 2:1)

b.       Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother (Romans 14:13)

c.       For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:2)

d.       I love all including Osama but, hate his sinful nature.

7.       I recommend you to refer Catechism of Catholic Church for better understanding. Click here to read CCC

8.       Feel free to correct me at any point if I go wrong.

Nelson T T