Since catholics are celebrating the last supper today, I have a question that has always bothered me.
It is generally agreed, that Judas was bad, greedy, evil, whatever. I’ve heard and read all kinds of stories about him hanging himself and so on.
But here is what bugs me. For Jesus to have been betrayed and crucified, Judas HAD to do what he did. So, what if he “was on a mission from God”? (to steal a Blues Brothers line)
Without Judas and the actual betrayal, we wouldn’t have had the crucifixion and resurrection that was predicted in scripture.
So, is Judas really damned to hell? Or is he in heaven for doing his job like he was supposed to?
When I ask this question in person, people tell me that Jesus says in more than one gospel that he is doomed or better to never have been born, etc. But in the gospel of John when Jesus is talking to God, he says that he “has not lost even one that were given me” or something to that effect. So maybe Judas wasn’t lost but was doing what he was sent to do?
I know, my idea is off the wall to some. But it is a question that I have always wondered about.