Why We Should Love Osama Bin
What is the opposite of love? Is it hatred?
Some people claim that the opposite of love
is fear - not hatred. But I believe the opposite
of love is really less than that. I believe
the opposite of love is indifference. I say
this because I believe there is evidence that
hatred is actually love - distorted. Logically,
one must first know and love a person before
they can truly hate them. If one has never known
and loved the person before, how can they really
hate them? My answer is that their hated is
out of ignorance. I believe that to really hate
Osama Bin Laden, for example, is to be indifferent
to him. It is not logical to hate someone you
don't personally know and love. Some people
say that Bin Laden is an evil man. For various
reasons, I don't agree. I believe the evidence
shows that evil does not really exist - only
distorted goodness. Although I believe that
Bin Laden should be captured and imprisoned,
I believe that we should love the man as we
should love everyone - unconditionally. This
article will present the case why we should
believe that Bin Laden is not evil and why we
should love him - even pray for him. To lay
down the logical foundation for your obligation
to love Bin Laden unconditionally (even if he
is cutting your head off while you are loving
him unconditionally), I want to begin with some
quotes from some great thinkers which are related
to this discussion. Here they are:
is only one good, knowledge, and one
evil, ignorance." -
may say that evil does not exist for
subjective man at all, that there exist
only different conceptions of good.
Nobody ever does anything deliberately
in the interests of evil, for the sake
of evil. Everybody acts in the interests
of good, as he understands it. But everybody
understands it in a different way. Consequently
men drown, slay, and kill one another
in the interests of good." -
(ignorance) is like a shadow. It has
no real substance of its own, it is
simply a lack of light. You cannot cause
a shadow to disappear by trying to fight
it, stamp on it, by railing against
it, or any other form of emotional or
physical resistance. In order to cause
a shadow to disappear, you must shine
light on it." -
the morning of September 11, 2001, I was sitting
in a doctor's office watching television
when, to my horror, the planes slammed into
the World Trade Towers in New York City causing
them to collapse and kill thousands of innocent
people. I watched the whole thing live. I could
hardly believe what I was watching or believe
that such a thing could even happen. It felt
like Armageddon or the end of the world. How
could anyone do such a horrible and cruel thing?
What makes people do such things?
Many people, Americans
in particular, have expressed an opinion similar
to the idea that Bin Laden is nothing more than
a murderous dog who needs to be caught and destroyed.
He certainly fits the description of what some
Christians would call "the antichrist"
- the embodiment of Satan on Earth who persecutes
the saints. We might even find it incredible
that there is anyone on Earth who actually has
any feelings of love for him. But common sense
tells us that there are people who do love him
- even if it is only his mother. One must certainly
conclude that God loves Bin Laden unconditionally.
In my opinion, the best source of understanding
this kind of love (unconditional) comes from
near-death experiences. People who have been
in the very presence of God and have returned,
often describe a realization that they experience
in the light of a "one-ness" of all
things. This is the realization that all of
humanity is actually a single organism - a single
soul. It is the realization that everyone is
a manifestation of one God. This would partly
explain why so many religions teach a philosophy
that when we do to others, we do to ourselves
and God. For this reason, our first step toward
learning to love Osama Bin Laden unconditionally
is to acknowledge that he is a part of God in
the same way that all of us are a part of God.
We are all connected as one. Hating Bin Laden
is really hating ourselves and hating God. This
also means that whenever Bin Laden kills someone,
he is killing not just them, but himself and
Is it evil to kill
God? I am going to show that killing God is
not "evil" - it is ignorant. I am
also going to show that there is no "evil"
- that people make mistakes by being ignorant.
There is a good and higher reason why Bin Laden
is murdering innocent people. I make this claim
based upon the "higher knowledge"
brought back by those who have had a near-death
experience. Here are some of their insights:
There really is no sin as it is known
in the world. The only thing that has
any meaning in the spirit world is what
we think. The very core of our being
is perfect love and light. (Jayne
There is no evil in any human soul.
It is the lack of love that distorts
people. We are designed by God to self-correct,
just like the rest of the universe.
No one is lost because everyone is already
Howard Storm was given the following
insights from beings of light after
his life review when he was fearful
of returning to Earth life and afraid
he would make mistakes again:
Mistakes are an acceptable part of being
human. We are here to make all the mistakes
we want because it is through our mistakes
that we learn. As long as we try to
do what we know to be right, we will
be on the right path. If we make a mistake,
we should fully recognize it as a mistake,
then put it behind us and simply try
not to make the same mistake again.
The important thing is to try our best,
keep our standards of goodness and truth,
and not compromise them to win people's
approval. God loves us just the way
we are, mistakes and all. When we make
a mistake, we should ask for forgiveness.
After that, it would be an insult if
we don't accept that we are forgiven.
We shouldn't continue going around
with a sense of guilt, and we should
try not to repeat our mistakes. We should
learn from our mistakes. God wants us
to do what we want to do. That means
making choices - and there isn't
necessarily any right choice. There
are a spectrum of possibilities, and
we should make the best choice from
those possibilities. If we do that,
we will receive help from the Other
reveal that God's love for us is
not a passive kind of love that sits
idly by and watches humans destroy the
world and everyone in it. The evidence
suggests that although God does not
want people to kill each other, God
permits it for the purpose of instruction
and soul growth. Such evidence suggests
that unconditional love is a "tough"
God's overriding desire is to purify
the darkness of our souls, irrespective
of the suffering it puts us through
to achieve that end. If we learn to
accept our situations in life, instead
of fighting it, then our suffering is
greatly minimized. (Daniel
Ned Dougherty once lived a very unspiritual
and hedonistic life. In the middle of
attempting to murder his business partner,
Dougherty had a heart attack and an NDE.
He saw the light of God and felt God's
embrace and love - a love greater than
any love he had ever known. Spiritual
beings began cheering him and conveying
their loving encouragement and support.
They cheered: "You are doing wonderfully.
We are here to support you. Continue
to do good work, and we will help you.
You are part of us, and we are part
of you. We stand ready to come to your
aid when you need us, and you will.
Call us. Beckon us. We will flock to
you when the time comes!" Ned was
confused by all the attention because
there wasn't anything wonderful
about the way he had conducted his life.
He thought, "How can I be doing
wonderfully? I almost killed someone
tonight. Could I be justified in what
I tried to do?" (Ned
sure that I asked the question that
had been plaguing me since childhood
about the sufferings of my people (i.e.,
Jews and the Holocaust). I do remember
this: There was a reason for everything
that happened, no matter how awful it
appeared in the physical realm. And
within myself, as I was given the answer,
my own awakening mind now responded
in the same manner: "Of course,"
I would think, "I already know
that. How could I ever have forgotten!"
From these and
a multitude of other NDE insights, I
conclude that people such as Adolf Hitler
and Osama Bin Laden are NOT "evil"
men. This is because evil does not exist
- only ignorance. There is no "sin"
- only mistakes made out of ignorance.
If "evil" is really ignorance,
the people such as Bin Laden should
be considered retarded.
born with mental or physical afflictions
are more spiritually advanced than
others, born to help others evolve
that the handicapped and mentally
retarded people - the ones at whom
I had once laughed at - were exalted
above the masses of people because
they were humble and innocent. (Daniel
of what we souls down here consider
the worst of us are actually teachers.
A handicapped person is a very,
very, high teacher. People who suffer
greatly come down here to teach
the rest of us. (Darlene
- I don't know what else to
call her - said that life is an
endless cycle of improvements and
that humans are not perfect yet.
She said that most people have this
secret revealed to them when they
die, but that handicapped children
often know this and endure their
problems without complaining because
they know that their burdens will
pass. Some of these children, she
said, have even been given the challenge
of teaching the rest of us how to
love. It stretches our own humanity
to love a child who is less than
perfect," said the angel. "And
that is an important lesson for
would not take a great leap of logic to conclude
that people such as Bin Laden have a mental
handicap. It is common knowledge in the science
of criminology that many serial killers have
a dysfunctional frontal lobe of the brain. Some
serial killers have already been defended in
court with the "My
brain made me do it"
defense. We should probably think of all criminals,
serial killers, and mass murders as mentally
handicapped people who are actually, on a higher
level, "powerful spiritual beings"
like the rest of us. Having this kind of attitude
toward such people makes it easier to love them
unconditionally. How can anyone hate a retarded
person? Isn't it much easier to love and
sympathize with them - even while they are cutting
your head off. Jesus did. While on the cross
he said, "Forgive them Father for they
know not what they do." This should be
our attitude toward those people who are so
mentally challenged that they are willing to
butcher innocent people.
There are qualities
within us which people call "good"
and goodness certainly does exists. "Evil"
then is just the absence of good - the nonexistence
of goodness. In the same way, we define ignorance
as the lack of knowledge or forgetfulness as
the lack of memory. They have no real existence
on their own. For example, some snakes are extremely
poisonous to humans. Does this mean that snakes
are "evil" because they bite and kill
us? Of course not. Their fangs and poison are
their way of defending themselves and this is
a "good" thing. As regards to themselves,
they are "good." Our bodies are sometimes
invaded by a virus for which the antibodies
within us fight and destroy them. We cannot
say that these viruses are "evil."
Nor can we say that our bodies are "evil"
for fighting and destroying them.
By demonstrating how
something considered to be "evil"
is actually, in of itself, not evil, then we
have proven that evil does not exist.
is written in the Bible that God created all
things and it was "good." It is also
written that God created the light and the darkness.
There is even a Bible verse which declares that
God created "evil" (Isaiah
Darkness is merely the absence of light. Light
is an existing thing. But darkness is not something
that exists in of itself. We can also say that
love is an existing thing, but hatred is merely
the absence of love. In other words, hatred
is really a nonexistent thing - a nonexistent "power"
unto itself. Hatred is the condition where there
is an absence of love. In the same way, we can
say that love never hurts. It is the absence
of love that hurts.
must sometimes kill other people. It may be
in self-defense or to protect the lives of their
family. We slaughter all kinds of plants and
animals for food and clothes and this certainly
is not "evil". Nor should killing
innocent people be considered "evil."
Killing people unjustly is just plain stupid
and retarded. This is because it is equivalent
to killing God or unjustly killing yourself.
Also there is the principle of "whatever
goes around, comes around." Bin Laden is
not to be hated or feared. He is to be greatly
pitied and greatly helped. And he must be stopped
- for his sake and everyone else's.
and other natural catastrophes unmercifully
kill multitudes of people and destroy billions
of dollars worth of property every year. We
don't call nature "evil". Many
people refer to such things as "acts of
God." Some day in the future, the entire
world might be in danger of being destroyed
by a killer asteroid or comet. Ultimately, the
whole universe may end someday as it began -
with a violent explosion of unimaginable destruction.
really is no such thing as "good"
either. There is only God and a multitude of
manifestations of God. The Bible declares that
life is God (John
1 John 5:20).
This is perhaps the most important doctrine
of mysticism and it is found in so many religions.
It means that all is one and separation is the
grand illusion - the big lie. The idea of the
one-ness of all things has been called the one "true
religion," and the Truth behind all religions.
In the same way, there really is no "death"
because life and "death" are one and
the same. Death is just another aspect of life.
is the most explicit declaration of the concept
of one-ness. There is only the Tao. Yin and
Yang, however, are the illusion of separation
and reality of unification. All religious paths
should lead people back to this one-ness (i.e.,
God). Hindus seek a "yogi" to accomplish
this. The word "yogi" means to yoke.
The yogi seeks to yoke the individual soul (atman)
to the universal soul (Brahman). Jesus taught, "I
am in you, just as the Father is in me. Therefore
the Father is also in you." Here Jesus
is saying that we all share the same soul -
the soul of God. In Judaism, it is written that
God made man in his image and breathed life
into him. In Islam, the path to one-ness is
called "submission" where a person
must submit to the will of God. This means joining
your will with the will of God and acting as
God would act. Unfortunately, Bin Laden is not
acting as God would act and many Muslims are
aware of it. One can even say that Bin Laden
is "God acting ignorantly." In the
same way, fanatical Christians who bomb abortion
clinics and kill innocent people are not acting
as Jesus would act. Such people give Christianity
a bad name in the same way that Bin Laden is
giving Islam a bad name. Evil does not exist.
It is only ignorance.
For adherents to
the Middle Eastern religions, the story of Adam
and Eve is the lesson about the origin of humanity's
distinction between what is "good"
and what is considered "evil." This
belief of a separation of reality between good
and evil is what makes people believe they are
separated from God. In the Book of Genesis,
God is referred to as "Elohim" - the
gods. The Elohim said, "Let us make man
in our image." In the Garden stood the "Tree
of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." The
Bible states that God created humans without
the knowledge of a separation between good and
evil - nor of a knowledge of a separation between
God and man. Then the "snake" (the
Biblical symbol for wisdom) appeared before
Adam and Eve and led them to think that they
would "become LIKE God" if they ate
from the Tree of knowledge. But Jesus revealed
that we did not "become LIKE God."
Jesus declared that we ARE Gods (John
which means that we are one with God and a part
of God - not separate. This shows that the real "sin"
(mistake) is believing that you are "LIKE
God" - that you are separate from God -
when in reality you are "one with God"
or "you are Gods." Then when Adam
and Eve ate of the Tree of Knowledge, the Elohim
declared, "The man has now become LIKE
one of us. He must not be allowed to reach out
his hand and take also from the Tree of life
and eat, and live forever." In other words,
Adam and Eve erroneously believed they were
separated from God and no longer united with
God. Had they received more knowledge from the
Tree, they would have received eternal life
(i.e., they would never have become subjected
to reincarnation). So instead they were banished
from the Garden and subjected to death and rebirth.
Of course, this story
of the Garden of Eden is actually a highly symbolic
account of the story of the heavenly origin
of our souls and how we have left our heavenly
home to be born into this world for educational
purposes. History is the record of humanity's
struggle with the illusion of separation and
its consequences. It is the record of our knowledge
gained from this struggle and what we have done
with this knowledge. But the divine perspective
is that there is no separation. The gospel of
Jesus is the good news that we are actually
one with God in the same way that Jesus was.
Our ego-self is a condition of forgetfulness
of our one-ness with all things. It is our lower
natural self which we must "crucify"
in order for our higher spiritual nature to
come through. It is the message of Jesus that
through self-sacrifice out of love for others,
we can bring into our awareness the one-ness
that we really are.
this the simple message of all mystical religions.
We are one with the Whole. Separation is an
illusion. "Evil" is merely being ignorant
of these realities.
As Jesus said to
not be so stupid as to hate your enemies
(paraphrase). Instead, love those who persecute
you. Osama Bin Laden is an "arm of God"
in the same way that we all are "arms of
God." One might even say that Bin Laden
is a "tool" of God in the same way
that some people believe that Satan is a "tool"
of God meting out divine justice to people.
And if a Satan really does exist (which I believe
he doesn't), then I am sure that we are
obligated to love even him unconditionally as
well. According to Jesus, God loves all his
so-called "enemies." So the horrible
terrorism that Bin Laden is causing, must have
a higher purpose for it - even if Bin Laden
is completely ignorant of it. For example, the
Bible reveals that
the people who killed
Jesus were only doing God's will and their
actions were predestined by God before they
were even born.
Many Christians believe that the unjustified
killing of Jesus was the greatest atrocity ever
committed. But, at the same time, Christians
also believe his death resulted the greatest
good of all - the redemption of humanity. Is
it possible that the greatest "sin"
can also be the greatest "good" at
the same time? It appears that way. The Bible
even states that
Jesus was made perfect
because of what he suffered.
But does this mean we should be going around
acting like Bin Laden and having people killed
so that good will result from it? Of course
not. That would be very ignorant.
Paul was erroneously
accused of teaching this very thing.
It just means that God's will is always
done - even if it implies that God allows people
to commit terrible atrocities for a higher purpose.
Near-death experiences reveal this to be the
case as well:
went over to the other side with
a lot of fears about toxic waste,
nuclear missiles, the population
explosion, the rainforest. I came
back loving every single problem.
I love nuclear waste. I love the
mushroom cloud; this is the holiest
mandala that we have manifested
to date, as an archetype. It, more
than any religion or philosophy
on Earth, brought us together all
of a sudden, to a new level of consciousness.
Knowing that maybe we can blow up
the planet fifty times, or 500 times,
we finally realize that maybe we
are all here together now. For a
period they had to keep setting
off more bombs to get it in to us.
Then we started saying, "We
do not need this any more."
Now we are actually in a safer world
than we have ever been in, and it
is going to get safer. So I came
back loving toxic waste, because
it brought us together. These things
are so big. As Peter Russell might
say, these problems are now "soul
size." Do we have soul size
answers? YES!" (Mellen-Thomas
suffering in our lives is actually
for our own good. Out of the most
tragic of circumstances springs
human growth. (Angie
Laden and many Muslims in the Middle East express
their hatred for American as "the Great
Satan" because it exports its culture of
what they view as pornography and gratuitous
violence. I am NOT agreeing with Jerry Falwell
who blamed September 11 on America's permissiveness
with "homosexuals and pagans" which
is completely absurd. What I am saying is that
there is a cultural war going on - in America,
but even greater, in the entire world. It is
a war over religion and philosophy. Whether
you call it a "holy war" or a "Crusade"
or a "culture war" or a "political
struggle", it doesn't matter. Such
wars have been the scourge of human history.
And it appears that human beings do not learn
enough from history. Perhaps it is just the
same actors on the stage throughout history
that are creating a stir. But like all the religious
wars that have broken out over the ages, the
larger the destruction that occurs, the greater
the healing that takes place afterward. World
War II was certainly a religious war. It was
a war fought between fascism in Germany, communism
in Russia, imperialism in Japan, capitalism
in America (If you don't believe that capitalism
is a religion,
read about how modern
capitalism grew from the Protestant work ethic),
and Judaism in Europe.
For these reasons,
it should be no stretch of logic to believe
World War III began
on September 11, 2001.
The war could even be called "Armageddon"
- the war that the Bible predicts will occur
before a new era of human enlightenment comes
to the world. Unfortunately, the wars that humanity
fights also results in massive natural disasters
as revealed in so many near-death experiences:
experiencer Reverend Howard Storm described
what the light beings told him concerning events
that will occur on Earth for the next two hundred
years. He asked the light beings the question: "Will
the United States be the leader of the world
in this change?" The light beings replied:
United States has been given the
opportunity to be the teacher for
the world, but much is expected
of those to whom much has been given.
The United States has been given
more of everything than any country
in the history of the world and
it has failed to be generous with
the gifts. If the United States
continues to exploit the rest of
the world by greedily consuming
the world's resources, the United
States will have God's blessing
withdrawn. Your country will collapse
economically which will result in
civil chaos. Because of the greedy
nature of the people, you will have
people killing people for a cup
of gasoline. The world will watch
in horror as your country is obliterated
by strife. The rest of the world
will not intervene because they
have been victims of your exploitation.
They will welcome the annihilation
of such selfish people. The United
States must change immediately and
become the teachers of goodness
and generosity to the rest of the
world. Today the United States is
the primary merchant of war and
the culture of violence that you
export to the world. This will come
to an end because you have the seeds
of your own destruction within you.
Either you will destroy yourselves
or God will bring it to an end if
there isn't a change."
Howard Storm also
wrote, "I don't know if the richest
country in the history of the world is doomed
to lose God's blessing or if the people
of the United States will become the moral light
of the world. How long will God allow the injustice
to continue? The future lies in the choices
we make right now. God is intervening in direct
ways in human events. May God's will be
done on Earth as it is in Heaven!" (Rev.
online newspaper article on August 18, 2003
by Michael H. Brown entitled Near-Death Prophecy:
Man was shown Failure of Infrastructure, Power
Grid, Howard Storm discussed America's future
as shown to him during his NDE. He stated:
made it very clear to me that God
had given this country the greatest
blessing of any people in the history
of the world. We have more of God's
blessing. Everything that we have
comes from God. We didn't deserve
it, we didn't earn it, but we
happen to be the wealthiest, most
powerful nation in the world. And
God gave us all this so that we
could be the instruments of God's
light in this world, and we are
not instruments of light. In other
countries people see us as purveyors
of exploitation, military might,
and pornography. They see us as
completely hedonistic and amoral
-- we have no morality. People can
do whatever they want wherever they
want with whatever they want. Our
amorality is a cancer on the rest
of the world, and God created us
to be just the opposite.
get mad at me for saying it, but
God is very unhappy with what we're
doing. When I came back from the
experience I was almost out of my
mind trying to convert people. God
wanted a worldwide conversion thousands
of years ago. God pulled out all
the stops 2,000 years ago with Jesus.
From God's view, that was the
definitive moment in human history.
And the impact of the prophets and
teachers and the Messiah has been
a big disappointment to God because
people have by and large rejected
it. I was told that God wants this
conversion. And if we don't
get with the program fairly soon,
He is going to have to intervene
in some ways that from a human point
of view are going to seem cataclysmic.
God is really tired of what we're
doing to one another and the planet
and to His Creation. We were put
in this world to be stewards and
live in harmony with His creation
and one another and we don't
realize the important spiritual
consequences of what we do when
we raise a child in a faithless
asked how [America's purification]
would come about, and they said
it would be simple, that our society
is very dependent on a lot of very
fragile things -- energy grid, transportation.
In each geographical area of the
United States people used to be
relatively self-sufficient as far
as agricultural products. Now, how
long would any state survive without
the transport of food and energy?
would happen is these very complex
and delicate grids of our economic
system would begin to break down.
We've created a society of such
cruel and self-centered people that
the very nature of civilization
would begin to break down. The angels
showed me that what would happen
is that people would begin robbing
the grocery stores, hording goods,
and killing one another for gasoline
and tires, and as a consequence
everything would break down and
would end up in chaos."
Reinee Pasarow was also
shown during her NDE how catastrophic Earth
changes are the result of human conflict on
Earth. This suggests that the Earth and everything
in it is really a single organism:
will experience tremendous upheaval.
Great suffering will occur because
humans are breaking the laws of
the universe. Like a man arrogantly
defying the law of gravity, humanity
will experience great suffering
as a result breaking these laws.
Humanity is being consumed by the "cancers
of arrogance, materialism, racism,
chauvinism, and separatist thinking."
A cleansing of the Earth will result
for the purpose of education. Humanity
will become "born anew."
It will be a painful process, but
humanity will emerge humbled, educated,
peaceful and unified. (Reinee
researcher Margot Grey had one particular near-death
experiencer tell her these catastrophic Earth
changes are a reflection of all the social upheaval
and violence happening all over the world at
the moment. For a more complete list of NDE
visions of the future and how they show that
Earth and everything in it is one single organism,
NDE and the Future
we should not only not hate Osama Bin Laden
and their pals, we should try to love and understand
them and everyone in the Middle East. They are
our brothers after all. Their terrorist attacks
are really a cry out for help and it is our
obligation to help them. It may require the "tough
love" of God to stop Bin Laden from hurting
others and therefore himself. One thing is for
certain: By loving and helping them, we are
loving and helping ourselves and God. And because
we are all one, praying for them would be an
excellent idea as well. Maybe instead of dropping
bombs on them, we should start dropping massive
quantities of food and goods. Maybe that would
begin to change hearts and minds.
also look within ourselves and try to understand
what it is about us that causes them to hate
us so much. Whatever it is, perhaps we should
try to be more understanding and tolerant of
their views. As the great John Lennon once said, "We
can work it out." Pray for peace.
taught us that doctrine and creed and race meant
nothing. No matter what we believe we were all
children joined under one God, and that the
only rule was God's true law - do unto others
as you would have them do unto you."
- May Eulitt, near-death experiencer
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