Frank Turek | – Why did Jesus say it would be better if Judas had not been born?

On Jesus’ statement about Judas and God’s interest in the salvation of his creation.

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Cross Examined Cross Examined. This is Frank Turek. Welcome to my YouTube Channel! I'm the founder and president of and its primary presenter. I am the author or co-author of: "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist;" "Correct, Not Politically Correct;" and "Legislating Morality." I host an hour-long TV program each week called "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist" that is broadcast every Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on the NRB Network, DirecTV Channel 378. CrossExamined with Frank Turek is a live call-in radio program that airs on 126 stations every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET. I also write a column for and have appeared on many TV and radio programs including The OReilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Faith under Fire, Politically Incorrect, The Bible Answerman, and Focus on the Family. I'm a former Aviator in the U.S. Navy and have a Master's from George Washington University and a Doctorate in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

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  1. GOD gave you life … he gave you his son … to die for you … the only sin that is unforgivable is to turn your back on GOD… for your own pleasure or for personal gain … even Judas after he betrayed Jesus hung himself … and you will wish you were never born when you die and face GOD … having never loved him …

  2. One God one universe, God created a perfect universe when Adam and Eve sinned it fractured the a slow leak in a tire as time moves forward it started to go down just like man….and when we are rapture the tire is running on the rim…

  3. What was Judas' sin?, he chose Law over Grace, he refused salvation, he didn't believe in Jesus, he fully believed that Jesus was just a man, even after living with Jesus, eating, sleeping, preaching and seeing all of His miracles, Judas did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, although, being a Jew, he would get a second bite at the cherry on the last day when Jesus Himself will read the gospel to the Jews in front of the judgement seat.

  4. Don't forget the counsel of God! "Counsel" as used in the books of Luke and Acts.

    1012 boulḗ – properly, a resolved plan, used particularly of the immutable aspect of God's plan – purposefully arranging all physical circumstances, which guarantees every scene of life works to His eternal purpose.

    This level of God's plan (1012 /boulḗ) demonstrates He is the Lord of history, i.e. always in charge and is more than God's immutable plan of physical circumstances. It always also includes the Lord's purpose in them – and hence arranging all the physical scenes of history before creation!

    Acts 13:36; especially of the purpose of God respecting the salvation of men through Christ: Luke 7:30; Acts 2:23; Acts 4:28; (Hebrews 6:17); πᾶσαν τήν βουλήν τοῦ Θεοῦ all the contents of the divine plan, Acts 20:27; ἡ βουλή τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ the counsel of his will, Ephesians 1:11.

  5. God created every person predestined to follow Him. God also gave us free will because He loves us. The fact is, most people choose to counter God's predestination that He gave to each of them to be with Him forever, and choose their own way instead, therefore they choose Hell instead of Heaven.

  6. The gospel by which we're saved. We're under Paul's ministry today. Therefore we're not under the law of the old testament. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV)1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
    And that takes us back to John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. So it's only by GRACE that we are saved not by works. Jesus did all the work and gave us GRACE (unmerited favor) as long as we have FAITH (believe) in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for SALVATION (trust in his blood). That's the gospel. Jesus said, Ye must be born again to enter into the kingdom.(accept Jesus as your SAVIOR)

  7. Judas Iscariot was chosen to betray Christ, so that the historical Jesus would go to the cross, die for the sins of the elected amongst humanity, and then rise again as the CHRIST who had conquered death so that believers in Him might have eternal life. Not all of humanity is chosen by God for salvation, some are, most not. its all in the scriptures, read it for yourself.

  8. No, God could not create a world with possibility of salvation where we do not have a choice. The hole point of being here, without a memory of where we came from, IS to have choice. This is a test to see IF we will choose God, a test so to say. Its because we have choice that we even exist. A plan was set in motion before the foundation of the world for us to come, have a choice and a savior for us to redeem us, If we choose to follow Christ.

  9. Because of His mercy He spared all even the evil one and his hoist for all to understand His mercy and perceive His glorious divinity. Judas the Master Christ showed him love and He intrusted him with high position amongst the apostle which Matthew was qualified for it but Judas instead the Lord honoured so that he can understand His gentle mercy, with affection and passion (brotherly kiss ) He greeted Judas so he can perceive His divinity so by this we can't blame our Maker but ourselves. Then all this conclude that we must love God with all of our… and love our neighbour as we … for all prophesy life in this two, may God lead us always to repentance until we're worthy to be where He is our Lord and Saviour amen.

  10. Knowing a person is better of not having lived at all is a sign of benevolence. Some people are just headed towards destruction and continuously live in fear. This is not their fault, they just can't help themselves. God knows this and Jesus knows this. However, this did not apply to Judas. Judas did not betray Jezus, Jesus asked Judas to give Him up. In the apocalypse of Abraham, Abraham sees who Judas really is and it turns out he is Azazel, better known as Satan, the older brother of Jesus. The stories of Jesus and Azazel have a lot of similarites. Both suffer under the sins of others. Azazel takes the blame and remains in the darkness for the sins of others, where Jesus died for it. Like Jesus, Azazel will die for the sins of others too. But his is not punishment. It shows how self-sacrifice is an act of love and how it releases you from the hell others create. There is no hell where people to burn for all eternity, hell is the reality people create through the consequences of their own actions.

  11. The question was not posed correctly,
    The real question should have been, "if Jesus was God then why did God not say, "it would have been better if I had not created that man"
    The reason why Jesus did not say this was because Jesus is not God,

  12. Jesus didn't say Judas wouldn't exist as much as having died as a child, dying before becoming a man of sin and before he betrayed Jesus, meaning his soul would still have existed as a servant of God. I think Jesus was emphasizing that Judas was a man who would have ruined his lot in life as long as he was tested.

  13. Opinion: God created all people with 100% free will. He separated himself from their free will so people can choose to truly love him, or not. This is the only way for true love to exist, it cannot be forced. That being said, he also knows/knew all the choices that people make/made before they happened. Judas was free to choose and Jesus was saying that would be better to never exist than to persecute/deny God. Rough to think about, but it does give good perspective on how we should live our lives.