Thanks Cruzenheart for posting the article...I too found it facinating.
Instead of betraying Jesus, they say he handed him over to authorities with Jesus' consent, setting into motion the chain of events needed to fulfill what many Christians regard as scriptural prophecies of salvation through Jesus' crucifixion
I disagree that it was with Jesus' consent.... it seems to me a true betrayal. I do believe that Jesus knew that the scriptural prophecies would be fulfilled, however, I think he was a Master (excuse the pun) at understanding ones character. This is evidenced in those He selected to be his apostles, including Judas who was flawed to be duped for whatever reason. Everyone had their free-will intact even if they were instruments in fulfilling prophecy... Jesus knew them like a book, and the rest is history.
Dr. Daryl Schmidt of Texas Christian University has another theory: Judas never existed.Where do I begin... I don't, not enough time.... only to say what a lame theory. 'Judas never existed'. Well, let's pick and choose. Maybe Peter didn't exist either, or James, or John... or how about even JESUS.... that's it, He never existed ... or wait, then there wouldn't be a Texas Christian University.... never mind.