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I think it's necessary to separate this question into two parts: Why did Judas need to lead the mob to Jesus? and Why did Judas need to kiss Jesus to identify him? I will attempt to answer the first question. Some possible explanations for the second question can be found here: http://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/16864/why-did-judas-betray-...


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I identify as an evangelical universalist. I don't know if you'll find this worthwhile, but here's my take. It sounds an awful lot like a figure of speech to me. If it is, it's best not to draw too many conclusions based on it. (Bart Ehrman left the faith because the mustard seed isn't really the smallest of all seeds.) In support of the figure of speech ...


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Matthew 27:3 says that the impetus for Judas' suicide was seeing him be condemned, rather than seeing him being executed or anything else. Jesus' interactions with Pilate, including the possibility of his being freed, are narrated afterwards. Although the gospels do jump forwards and back in time, I take the explicit description of Judas' remorse being ...


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Jesus' public ministry most likely lasted about three years (see "How long was Jesus's ministry?"). He called his twelve closest disciples, including Judas, toward the beginning of that three year period (see Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16), and Judas betrayed him at the end of it. It's possible that Jesus knew Judas for an extended time before he called him as ...


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I also identify as an evangelical universalist and would echo Tim's answer here regarding the context of stillbirth. I thought I'd also add an excerpt from George Macdonald (19th-century Scottish author, poet, Christian minister; spiritual mentor of C.S. Lewis) related to this question, as he is a figure many/most evangelical universalists resonate with. ...


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While not a universalist, I can posit that a universalist inerrantist would principally invoke the classification of hyperbole, and say that for someone to abandon such apostolic potential to enter the messianic community was for the individual ever so tragic. Logically to never have been born, at least if it meant to never have been conceived, could never ...



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