FAITH QUESTION: Did Judas go to Hell?
Judas, of course, was one of the original twelve Apostles and the one who betrayed Jesus to the Temple's authorities for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16). Although the Apostles later discovered that he had been stealing money all along (John 12:6), from the biblical evidence it seems that during Jesus' three years of ministry few suspected Judas of being morally bankrupt. Yet, Scripture clearly teaches that Judas was (1) never truly converted to Jesus and (2) never truly repented of his sin.
Even though Judas was with Jesus and the other disciples from the very beginning of Jesus' earthly ministry, the Bible clearly records that he never truly believed in the saving message of the Gospel. John 6:64 says
Scripture also tells us that although Judas regretted his decision, he never truly turned from his evil ways towards God. Note the follow passage from Matthew 27:3-5: "Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, 'I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.' They said, 'What is that to us? See to it yourself.' And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself." True biblical repentance is not only a turning "away from" sin, but also a turn "toward" God. It involves a complete change of lifestyle. One may regret one's crimes without ever really becoming a better person. The Apostle Paul speaks of something similar to this when he writes, "For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death" (2 Corinthians 7:10). Judas certainly regretted his action, but in a worldly way that lead only to death--both physical and spiritual. Judas not only died physically when he committed suicide, but he also died spiritually when he refused to submit his life to Christ. As such, he was condemned eternally to Hell.
The clearest indication of what happened to Judas after his suicide comes from the lips of Jesus himself. He says, "...but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born" (Mark 14:21). Jesus clearly did not think that Judas would spend eternity in Heaven. Whatever judgment was waiting for him was severe and horrible. Hebrews 10:31 tells us that "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God". By rejecting Christ as Messiah, it is into those hands of wrath that he fell._____________________________________
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