Following is an excerpt from a book called: Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook
by Robert J. Morgan and Joshua D. Rowe.
"The Times of London
carried an article headlined, 'Judas the Misunderstood,' written by Richard Owen in Rome. The subtitle said, 'Vatican Moves to Clear Reviled Disciple's Name.' According to the article, Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus with a kiss, is to be given a makeover by Vatican scholars.
The proposed 'rehabilitation' of the man who paid 30 pieces of silver to identify Jesus to Roman soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane
comes on the grounds that he was not deliberately evil, but was just 'fulfilling his part of God's plan.'
The article went on to say that while Luke's Gospel claims that Judas was possessed by Satan. Modern scholars believe it's time to reconsider the Judas story in a way that revolves 'the problem of an apparent lack of mercy by Jesus towards one of his closest
Some Bible experts say Judas was 'a victim of a theological libel which helped create anti Semitism'
and his rehabilitation
could help the Pope's drive to improve Christian-Jewish relations, which he has made a priority of his pontificate" ("Judas the Misunderstood" by Richard Owens in The Times of London,
January 2, 2006, accessed on January 17, 2006).
What do you think? Was Judas a victim? Was he possessed by Satan to betray Jesus? If he was, was he just fulfilling God's plan? Was Judas a victim of theological libel which helped create anti Semitism
? If so how? Do you think we should 'rehabilitate' Judas? Will it help how people view Christians and Christianity in any way? Will it help improve Christian and Jewish relations? If so how?
What do you think?
Share your thoughts?