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Detail from Caravaggio’s “The Betrayal of Christ” c.1603

One thing that Christians from all denominations seem to agree on is that Judas Iscariot went to hell. But you know, I have a real problem with that teaching. The problem being, that isn’t what the Bible teaches.

I don’t believe that Judas went to hell. There is simply no evidence to support it and you always need evidence to back up what you say. If you are speaking of something in the Bible, then the Bible is where you find your evidence. Let’s look at what the Bible says about Judas:

Luke 22:1 – “Satan entered Judas, and Judas went to the chief priests…”

Matthew 26:15 – “…the chief priests payed Judas 30 silver coins.”

It says over and over that Judas “betray” Jesus, but people confuse the word ‘betray’ with the word ‘deny’. Betraying Jesus and denying who Jesus is are two very different things with two completely different outcomes.

In 1 John 5:16, John says to pray for those who commit sins which do NOT lead to death. But “There is a sin which leads to death. I am not saying he should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does NOT lead to death.” So before we jump in and condemn Judas, we need to find out what this sin that DOES lead to death is. Remember, we are talking spiritual death, not physical death.

Matthew 12:30 – “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven…either in this age or in the age to come.”

Mark 3:28 – “All the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

1 John 5:6 – “The Spirit is the TRUTH.”

Who is Jesus? This is the key: Father TRUTH (the mind of God), filled with and displaying Spirit LOVE (the desire of God), Jesus the FORM (body where mind and heart dwell) of God. (The Trinity – Mind, Spirit, Form) God took off His immortality, clothed Himself with mortality – Jesus the Son of God, not as in His offspring or child, but the body or form of God Himself. Jesus and the Father are one – John 10:30 and John 14:8.

To blaspheme the Spirit, commit the one unpardonable sin, is to hear and understand the message which teaches the identity of Jesus, and to deny it. Hebrews 6:4 – “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” And the time will come where everyone will hear, understand, and have to make their choice – this is Armageddon. Armageddon is something which takes place in the mind and hearts of men; where they make their choice, ‘Do I believe Jesus is TRUTH and Love in flesh, the one and only God and LORD? Or don’t I?’ And as it says in Hebrews, there is no ‘once saved always saved’. If you have heard and understood that Jesus is LORD (TRUTH and Love in flesh) and you turn away from that and deny it, your salvation is worthless, you’ve thrown it away.

So is this the sin which Judas committed? Did he turn away from what Jesus had taught him; did he claim that Jesus was nothing more than a man and not God himself; did he deny that Jesus was the visible manifestation of TRUTH and Love? Judas is guilty of none of these things. He sinned alright, but he did NOT commit the unpardonable sin, and that is the one and only sin which will send you to hell. He did not deny the identity of Christ. And here is the kicker, he repented! Jesus came to forgive our sins. Every man is a sinner. Are we going to be hypocrites and say that we should be forgiven but not Judas? Matthew 7:1 – “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Did Judas sin? Yes. Was his sin unforgivable by the standards of God’s Word? NO.

People seem to think the two seemingly different accounts of Judas’ death are proof of contradictions in the Bible. I’ll say it again, there are no contradictions in the Bible. So when reading the following passages keep mind that if you perceive a contradiction, you are lacking the proper understanding. Two sides to wisdom…

Matthew 27:1-11 – “When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the 30 silver coins to the chief priests and elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for I have betrayed innocent blood.’ ‘What’s that to us?’ they replied. ‘That’s your responsibility.’ So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” It continues and tells that the chief priests used the money to buy the ‘potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners’, and that it is called the Field of Blood to this day.

Acts 1:15-21 – “…the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus—he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.’ With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is Field of Blood.”

Always keep in mind that when God speaks, He speaks a spiritual wisdom, not a literal one. There are no contradictions in the Bible, and the same stories are told over and over, each with a little more information so that we might recognize and understand what God is trying to say. If you find contradictions you are interpreting the passage incorrectly. When all the scriptures line up, you’ll know you have the proper understanding of what is being said. The mysteries in the Bible are hidden but in plain sight, so that we who love Jesus and want to understand, may, and those who do not love and acknowledge Jesus as LORD will remain ignorant. Do not give to dogs what is sacred, do not cast your pearls before swine for they may trample them under their feet and then turn and tear you to pieces – Matthew 7:6.

So we know that these two references to Judas (1-Hung himself, 2-Fell headlong and intestines spilled out) can not be contradictions, therefore they must be telling us something other than what happened to Judas’ physical body.

Remember, spiritual wisdom. Firstly, both passages mention that a field was bought. A field is a group of people with an ideology – that is, what is in their mind and heart. Judas’ field is a field of blood; blood in Scripture is contempt. So Judas’ field is full of contempt, for what, for HIM, for what he did, betraying Jesus. The ideology of the people in Judas’ field is that they hate the betrayer. And don’t people still hold Judas in contempt to this day? They must, because they all think he went to hell.

Another way of describing Judas’ field is to say, “He made his bed, now he’s gonna have to lie in it.” Judas’ sin, betraying Jesus, is the action that created his field of blood. His sin created ongoing contempt for him and what he did. The people called it the Field of Blood when they found out what Judas had done; a group of people all harbouring contempt for Judas the betrayer.

So he hung himself, and he spilled his guts. Again, we use these two analogies even today. Judas had remorse and repented for betraying Jesus, and he went out and told everyone — this is commonly referred to as spilling your guts. With the knowledge that he had done this terrible thing, and his confessing it to the people – he hung himself. By coming clean about what he’d done, he put the noose around his own neck and jumped into a world of hurt – a Field of Blood.

Judas sinned, yes. But his sin was NOT the one sin that leads to death (denying that Jesus is TRUTH and Love, God Himself, the Christ) and he repented. Either Jesus came to forgive our sins or he’s a liar. And God doesn’t lie.

I’m sure Judas loved Jesus, if he hadn’t he would not have regretted what he had done. The Bible says we should pray for those whose sin does not lead to death; only one sin condemns us and Judas did not commit it, therefore how can we say he was condemned to hell?

Do you now understand what happened to Judas? He betray Jesus, was remorseful of his sin; he confessed what he had done, and is now hated for what he did. Read your Bible always looking for the Spiritual understanding. The literal is from the devil, it is not what is important. And again, if you see contradictions in the Word, read it again, you are getting it wrong. That is why it says base everything on the ENTIRE Word of God, for only with the whole can you truly understand the parts. ~