Gracies's Question: "Did Judas Iscariot go to Hell?"

Answer:

Hi Gracie,

You have asked a question that has been argued and discussed over by really
smart Bible teachers for a very long time! You are ONE SMART GIRL!!!!

Some say he went to heaven, and some say he went to hell.
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"For in Him we live and move and have our being."
Acts 17:28a (NIV)
Honestly, I lean toward the latter--hell. There are three Scriptures that lead me to believe this:

Matthew 26:23-24 (During communion in the Lord's supper)

"Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man
will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better
for him if he had not been born."

And especially this one--

John 17:12 (Jesus is praying in the Garden just before he gets led away to die on the cross)

"While I was with them, I guarded them. I kept them safe through the name You gave me. None of them
has been lost, except the one who was sentenced to be destroyed. It happened so that Scripture would come
true."

And one more--

"AFTER Jesus had died, been buried and had rose from the dead, he appeared to many. Then He went up
to Heaven to make a place for His believers there. Afterwards, the disciples got together to choose
someone to take Judas' place." So they prayed:

Acts 1:24-25
"Then they prayed. 'Lord,' they said, 'You know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two You have
chosen. Show us who should take the place of Judas as an apostle. He gave up being an apostle to go where
he belongs.'"

I must point out, however, that Judas did show sadness over his actions.

"Judas, who had handed him over, saw that Jesus had been sentenced to die. He felt deep shame and
sadness for what he had done. So he returned the 30 silver coins to the chief priests and elders. 'I have
sinned,' he said. 'I handed over a man who is not guilty'...So Judas threw the money into the temple and left.
Then he went away and hanged himself." (Matt. 27:3)

Some would say that Judas said he was sorry, so that meant he went to heaven. But notice he did not
actually turn away from his sin after that, seeing as he then went to take his own life.

Even after all of these verses, I feel a need to say that I am not totally sure if Judas was a Christian or not.
Only God knew what was in his heart for sure, so I leave it at that. If I had to guess, I would say "hell," but
we will not be sure until we get to heaven.

2 Timothy 2:19a says, "Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The
Lord knows those who are His...'"

1 Chronicles 28:9b: "...for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the
thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever."

****Let's learn from the mistakes of Judas Iscariot. God will help us if we ask Him for help. God will
forgive us our sins if we ask Him to. There is no sin too bad for God to forgive. He loved Judas, and He
loves you. BUT, our sins have consequences, don't they?  Let's ask the Lord to help us live rightly...to
guide our steps and our thoughts. Let's be faithful to the One we call "LORD."

Hugs,
Mrs. Shaw
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