In the end, the historical perspective pertaining to the legacy of Judas
Iscariot will alter little to nothing in the direction of favor. ..
GOSPEL OF JUDAS?
At best, Judas was subject to grossly
misleading influences from which he
emerged as a very poor advocate for a
person in great need. He was a factor in a
sequence of events that ultimately resulted
in the violent and painful death inflicted
upon someone to whom he proclaimed to
be a good friend.
And now we have the 'Gospel of Judas'...
Did he betray Jesus to the authorities? Or, was it that he and Jesus
conspired a ruse so that Jesus could willfully get himself killed?
Traitor? Or Co-Conspirator?...Judas was willfully
complicit in a degrading and violent death.
There is no context from which premeditated violence
can be viewed as acceptable or perceived to have even
have association with good. .. And that is an
underlying issue so significant all peripheral issues are
rendered largely irrelevant.
The roots of Antisemitism were tempered as betrayal was viewed as an
issue of collective character as opposed to an individual guilty in the
commission of a felony (Unless, of course, the reputation of Judas has
been wrongfully disparaged by a popular yet, fully inaccurate account of
his actions…it has happened before!)
Throughout history-and to the present-the act of betrayal from one
human to another happens in great frequency. It is in this sense Judas
is of little relevance. Relative to courage and loyalty Judas neither spoke
nor acted with any notable distinction.
Judas is of little significance and it seems very likely that, while in the
presence of exceptional virtue, Judas proved to be a very ordinary man.