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In reading the bible, we see Judas as the great enemy who betrayed our Lord Jesus. But looking in a different perspective, was his role gave benefit for the fulfilment of death and crucifixion of the Saviour Christ. Without Judas, would there still be a death and crucifixion?

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In Acts 2 Peter addresses a Jewish crowd and says that the death of Jesus was both the act of humans and the plan of God:

Acts 2:22-23 NIV: Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.

This reflects the traditional compatibilist view that two things are simultaneously true: that God's will is completely sovereign, while humans have real wills.

If Judas had not desired to betray Jesus we can conclude that Jesus's death would have gone ahead according to God's plan. Indeed, even within the Gospels it's not really clear that Judas accomplished much; the Jewish leaders knew who Jesus was and he wasn't trying to hide from them. Perhaps all that Judas accomplished was alerting them to where Jesus was at a time when they could arrest him without the whole city observing, so that he could be killed in time for Passover.

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  • Thanks for your answer. I just get confuse about free will and predestination. To tell you the truth, I do feel sorry for Judas, because if he truely knew what he was doing, he will not betray our Lord. – Kaylee A Mar 31 at 0:06
  • @KayleeA That's true for all of us, and yet we still sin. – curiousdannii Mar 31 at 0:18
  • Yes, I do not want to be put in that position and no one does. For me it is a struggle to pass this trial while I’m on this flesh. While we live in this world, it is a matter of survival. Self interest and greed always kicks in. – Kaylee A Mar 31 at 4:46
  • @KayleeA Do not feel sorry, because Judas only betrayed their "friendship",Jesus is the one who commanded Judas to accomplish his desire for money, as Jesus said, "go, do it quickly". If you were Jesus and you know Judas will end up in hell, would you still allow Judas to go? It would be better, if Jesus said, "please stay here, do not betray our friendship". That's why Jesus still called Judas His "friend" after his kiss. And Jesus lay down His life for his friends. The true candidate for "betrayer" was Peter & the rest of Apostles because they professed their "oath", while Judas did not. – jong ricafort Apr 26 at 12:04

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