Back of the North Wind

Discussions of theology, philosophy, religion and life inspired by the writings of George MacDonald (and perhaps others such as CS Lewis) posted by "recovering fundamentalists".

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I am a "recovering fundamentalist". The trick is to figure out how not to throw out the Baby with the bathwater. I learn through dialogue, and so invite commentary on my posts to Back of the North Wind.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Is Judas In an Eternal Hell?

Jared at the Thinklings Blog today asks about the fate of Judas. I find this question interesting, and even led a Bible study on the subject once upon a time, based on the book by the Fuller Seminary professor Ray Anderson, The Gospel According to Judas. In the book, Anderson postulates an afterlife encounter between Jesus and Judas. The dialogue leads to Judas acceptance of Jesus' forgiveness. An example of that dialogue:

Judas: "I will always be remembered as the one who betrayed You. I had no explanation to give, no justification for my action. I regretted it immediately--but regret is a bitter tonic that never cures."

Jesus: "Betrayal is a transaction between two, the betrayer and the betrayed, with both having a certain power in the exchange. Your power, Judas, was to destroy the relation; Mine to preserve it."

What I found so powerful about this book is the idea that Judas could be redeemed, and therefore, so can I. The subtitle to Anderson's book is: "Is There a Limit to God's Forgiveness?". Anderson answers with a resounding, "No." I think George MacDonald and Ray Anderson would have had a lot in common.