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THE JUDAS CODE: A Revelation of Moral and Ethical Dilemmas in New Testament Scripture

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  1. Introduction
  2. Christianity's reference to one's debt or duty to God
  3. Evidence of Deontological Christian principles
  4. An alternate set of Christian texts
  5. Orthodox doctrinal ideals and Gnostic heretical ideals
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

In The Divine Comedy, author Dante Alighieri illustrates ?Inferno,? his interpretation of Hell, which is divided into nine distinct ?circles,? each designated for a particular severity of sinner. Within the ninth and innermost circle resides Satan, forever trapped inside a mountain of ice, perpetually beating his wings and eternally devouring the body and soul of Judas the Iscariot. This special treatment is reserved for the man who exchanged Jesus Christ for some pocket-change, the man who Dante describes as the greatest betrayer in history.

[...] Jesus feeds a group of people and eventually they dissipate to live their separate lives; yet these are considered in Christian doctrinal education to be some of the greatest miracles Jesus performs. The only ultimate goal that can be fully assumed is that God, through allowing this miracle to be performed, is attempting to convince the subjects of the miracle of his existence and power. However, this goal may only be inferred, because in the sensation of the miracle the only reality that isn't lost in the sparkle is that thousands of people will not go hungry for one night. [...]

[...] Donald Senior, president of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, explained to the Washington Post on April "At one level, the Gospels already see the betrayal as a mysterious part of God's plan." The gospel of John 13:25- 27 depicts Jesus not only identifying Judas as the person who will betray him, but also saying ?What you are about to do, do quickly.? That is direct evidence from the New Testament that Jesus not only was aware of the imminent betrayal by Judas, but also made him aware of his knowledge and told him to go through with it. [...]

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