posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 03:25 AM
Without Judas, I think that Jesus would have faced the same or a similar fate, just not quite as soon. He was already unpopular with Sadducees and
Pharisees, and they were just looking for an excuse to do what they did. Judas gave it to them, but they would have found one without him.
I have also seen theories about Judas like you mention. I've seen one theory (I think it comes from the book of Judas, but I haven't read that)
that says Judas and Jesus both knew what they were doing, and both knew that Jesus had to be crucified, and Judas simply provided the way.
Personally, I don't believe that theory, but others do.
The other part you mention, that Judas killed himself out of shame and remorse, that I do believe. The Bible states that Judas hung himself after
tossing away the 30 pieces of silver he got paid for the betrayal. I think he did this because he felt like pure crap after betraying the man who was
probably his best friend, just for money.
I have no evidence for my theories, beyond that Judas did indeed hang himself after the betrayal, and I can't think of any other reason someone would
do this other than feeling so horrible that they couldn't bear to live any longer.
2000 years later, I don't feel any hatred or animosity towards Judas, but I'm pretty sure if I was living when it happened, I wouldn't have been
able to forgive him very easily, if at all. Regardless of Judas's motives, Jesus had to sacrifice himself for the rest of us, and he in part made
that happen. It ended up working out in the end, but whether this was aided or hindered by Judas... I'll let God be the judge.
If anyone here has read the book of Judas, what does it say about this subject?