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If you were one of the more controversial figures of the 80’s, biting the heads off of bats   and such, then this certainly is the way to make a comeback, just declare God dead (again)

I won’t go into an entire treatise on the song, because it’s the same ol’ Ozzy and, musically, this is just a snatch at the glory of his former self. I have to say, I liked Ozzy even for all his craziness. I listened to him in High School before everyone told me his was bad, Then I preached against him as a youth pastor until I discovered it didn’t matter what I preached against; these students were going to listen to what they wanted until the Holy Spirit shined a light on the subject.

I don’t know much of Ozzy’s spiritual upbringing, but I imagine he has some history in the Anglican or Catholic church, like many of the men his age. If you have a link to more info, leave me a comment with it.

Here is a sample of the lyrics

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
Wondering if we will me again
On the other side
Do you believe a word
what the Good Book said?
Or is it just a holy fairy tale
And God is dead?
God is Dead x4

Ozzy Bashes communion, struggles with dark and light, like all of his songs of this nature, but in the end, he asks: Is God Dead? It’s a question and an answer for Ozzy.

Now, unless you’re doing a Bible Study for 40 year old bikers, you may want to pass on playing the song in youth, but the lyrics are worth wrestling with because people, even pastors, struggle with this question.

Has Ozzy has accomplished an intellectual murder of God and is now confessing it to us? Or, maybe it’s a cry for help, the dead is not yet done. Good news Ozzy, God is not dead and He still loves you. No matter how much you try to kill God Oz, God has a contingency plan according to Ecclesiastes 3:11

 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

 

You may have kicked God out of your brain Oz, , but eternity has been written on your  heart.

What do you think? Are these lyrics worth engaging in a conversation with your kids?

Or,  is Ozzy best left in the 80’s where he belongs?

Let me know your thoughts below.

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8 Comments


  1. I think it’s interesting that Ozzy recently made a public statement saying that he’s getting his life back together, and he concluded it with a “God bless you.” Who knows what’s going on in his mind.

  2. Matt G


    Seems to me he leaves the question open-ended. The lyrics clearly indicate a struggle between faith and unbelief. Even his line “I’ll take the wine, you keep the bread” has significance as a struggle considering Ozzy’s difficulties with substance abuse.


  3. I think in order to find out what’s really happening in this guy’s life would be to read his book, “I am Ozzy”, and then watch his movie, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”. Then and only then will you get a deeper look into Ozzy’s mind/heart. After reading the book and watching the movie I only have even deeper compassion for him and really hope that he discovers how much Jesus loves him.

    I also think a lot of his lyrics will make more sense because of how the Church treated him during the 80’s. Instead of reaching out to him they immediately wanted to kill him. Like I said, look at his movie and check out the book. You will most definitely laugh at some of his stories and you will cry at the other stories.


  4. Great thoughts Matt. I agree with you. With age comes wisdom. I look back at the 80’s and se how harsh the church was and, at times, even myself.The church should be, as James says, ” slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen. Definitely will check out both.


  5. I don’t think that Ozzy killed God in his song. It’s only the question of man which lost himself in this world, the world of corruption, murderers and violence. You must understand that he didn’t stop to repeat: “I don’t believe that God is dead.” Declaration “God is dead” after it is “echo in his head”. This echo is the main seed of doubt in his life.
    Ozzy at one time admitted that he’s a christian by his conviction. But he’s able to see life from the all sides. It’s his point, you may agree with it or not, but he’s conscious believer.


  6. Good point. I interpreted “the echo as a belief he once had and now it is only an echo and not the voice, or “real thing” for him any more.

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