Is the capture of Osama bin Laden the greatest hope for peace in the world? Some seem to think so. Would his imprisonment or death free billions of people to live with hope for their future? Not really.
Certainly it is good for a terrorist like bin Laden to be captured. However, is Osama bin Laden our greatest threat to peace and joy? No, he is not. In the age of terrorism and in America’s fight in the war on terror, we often lose sight of our greatest enemy.
Islam is not our greatest enemy and neither are Islamic fundamentalists or Al-Queda terrorists. And unlike the current thinking of some in the Muslim world, America is not Islam’s greatest enemy and it is not the Great Satan. Even Satan himself is not our greatest enemy. So what is our greatest enemy? What truly is the Great Satan? Sin—our sin, that is, the sin within each and every one of us.
Osama bin Laden cannot send anyone to hell. Islam cannot send anyone to hell. Not even Satan can send anyone to hell. Sin and sin alone is what sends people to hell. God is holy and he judges us for our sin and each one of us is full of it. Our greatest enemy and the greatest threat to our joy, peace and happiness is sin.