It’s probably the least important question following bin Laden’s death, but it’s fun to speculate. A CNN poll reveals that 61 percent say the al-Qaida leader is with old Scratch in hot coals land, about 10 percent say no and 25 percent aren’t sure. read The unsure number reflects the high percentage of uncertainty most of us feel about the afterlife, punishment and hell.
I guess I fall into the 25 percent. I don’t think he’s burning down there but if he exists I doubt he’s happy. My religion teaches that he’s in “spirit prison” and will be taught the Gospel as defined by us Mormons. Come to think of it, I do get a bit of retributive satisfaction that the bodyless Osama can’t get out of his cell to avoid a missionary call from two energetic spirit LDS missionaries.
On the other hand, not every definition of hell comes with burning and physical torture. There are other discomforts, besides repeat visits from Mormon missionaries. C.S. Lewis, in his novella “The Great Divorce,” described hell as a place we think is heaven (I saw a great Twilight Zone with that theme, too). If the divine leader wants to torture me, I’d be forced to watch every episode of “Happy Days” after the first season. I like the following cartoon, because I think it would drive bin Laden crazier far quicker than mere physical pain could.