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5 ways atheists are like Judas Iscariot

When the name “Judas Iscariot” is mentioned, anyone who knows anything about the Bible, be they Christian or not, knows that he is one of the most infamous personalities in the history of mankind. To be called a Judas is one of the biggest insults one can receive. Upon close examination of his actions, it becomes clear that atheists share many character traits with the man who betrayed innocent blood and five of them come to my mind:

1) Treachery: Judas was a traitor, plain and simple. He blended in with Jesus and his disciples, but when things weren’t going as he thought they should, he stabbed Jesus in the back with the hope of destroying Jesus’ ministry altogether. In the same way, atheists attend Christian churches or organizations/institutions and blend in by participating in their activities. This played out recently at Northwest Christian University in Oregon where student body president and senior Eric Fromm revealed via the media that he was an atheist. This after he attended the school three years previously and undoubtedly took part in religious activities like Bible study and prayer. Although Fromm claims he did it to set the record straight, I’m of the opinion he did it to make a Christian institution look bad, which failed to pan out when they accepted his admission with support for being “honest” about it.

The founding principles of the Constitution are based on God-given rights found in the Bible, but many atheists hold to the principles of socialism. The Judeo-Christian values that have helped them prosper because of the Constitution are now being criticized by them, simply because those Judeo-Christian values resemble what pleases Jesus. So they preach against the Constitution with words of betrayal just like Judas did against Jesus.

2) Pretense: Judas preached, anointed the sick with oil, and cast out devils just like the other disciples when Jesus sent them out in pairs (Mark 6:7,12-13). In spite of his good deeds, his heart still wasn’t right with God. He was posing as a disciple, but was a total faker waiting for the right moment to bring Jesus down. That’s what Eric Fromm (mentioned above) did. In today’s church we have church leaders posing as Christians who are closeted atheists. They stick around the church waiting for the right moment to betray the body of Christ by omitting the parts of the Bible they hate or by introducing evil doctrines like God doesn’t mind if you do a little puff-puff-pass with a joint or that he doesn’t care if you fornicate.

3) Claiming to care about poor when they don’t: When Mary Magdalene broke open her expensive alabaster box of ointment to anoint Jesus, Judas Iscariot was furious and criticized her, stating “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” However, “[t]his he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein,” John 12:5-6. Judas didn’t mind the idea of taking someone else’s stuff  and having it redistributed to the poor under the guise that he cared about the poor when he really didn’t. In the same way today’s atheists attack Christian conservatives with the false claim that we don’t care about the poor and selfishly fail to give to the needy, when in fact it is the lieberal atheists who give a lot less to the poor than Christian conservatives. They really don’t care about the poor. They just want socialism to be forced on the masses so the people blessed by God, who they envy, will forcibly have their resources stolen for redistribution. Just don’t touch their stuff in the process.

4) Placing price tags on human life: How much is innocent human life really worth? To Judas Iscariot Jesus was worth a mere 30 pieces of silver ($320-$330 in today’s currency). Judas thought human life was cheap and so do many atheists. They tend to be in favor of abortion, euthanasia, and doctor-assisted suicide, totally ignoring the scientific fact that an unborn child has all its parts in the first two months of a pregnancy. It seems that science only matters when they “feel” it should matter. To many atheists (who follow in the footsteps of atheist abortionist Margaret Sanger), the cost of “overpopulation” (which doesn’t exist) and raising a child are too high, so they would suggest as many pregnant women as possible get abortions to avoid both “problems”. The average cost of an abortion? About $350. Notice how close that is to Judas’ 30 pieces of silver. Instead of going through hardships of various ailments and toughing it out through a disease with proper palliative care, the atheist would suggest you stop burdening society with the “high cost” of keeping you alive and avoid severe pain by having a doctor push you into death. Where would we be if the apostle Paul had been euthanized for his thorn in the flesh? Atheists often ask, “if we euthanize dogs, cats, and other animals, why not humans?” Simply put, humans are created in God’s image. Animals aren’t.

5) They are of the devil: Here’s what Jesus said concerning Judas Iscariot, “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve,” John 6:70-71. Why was Judas a devil? Because he was a deceiver, a liar, a thief, and had murder in his heart. The originator and father of all of these things is the devil himself and Judas went so far as to allow Satan to enter him. Throughout history we have witnessed how atheists are all of these things, from Karl Marx to Vladimir Lenin to Joseph Stalin to Margaret Sanger to Nicolae Ceasescu. Their devilish ideas have promoted everything and more that Judas Iscariot himself stood for and Jesus was clear on where Judas got his inspiration.

Harry A. Gaylord

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11 thoughts on “5 ways atheists are like Judas Iscariot

  1. Very well said. By the way, the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address is tomorrow, November 19th. The speech remains, as one commentator in a Canadian national newspaper recently called it, a “perfect miracle of public utterance”. Yet one hears basically nothing about it on the History Channels and other entities where one might expect to see something presented about it. These media enterprises instead are devoted to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
    He was America’s first Catholic President. He was one of the county’s most photogenic leaders and also one of its most immoral. Or was he elected to chase every skirt he could? I suggest he was not. I don’t recall hearing of any campaign promises he made to do this. For anyone to lose their life to an assassin is a terrible thing. His was a tragic presidency, regardless of the mainstream media’s, and others, attempts to portray his term in office as a time of “Camelot” and royalty, and his family’s history remains tragic. With all due respect, there is no address he made, or other Presidents made, that likely will stand the test of time, like Lincoln’s “perfect miracle”. This speech, like President Lincoln’s leadership, was exactly what the trying time and nation needed, and still is in need of.

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  2. Hello harry i was just wandering if you get the time or if you’ve already read two books God is not great. And also the god delusion.

    Thanks harry God bless.

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    1. Hi, Nick.

      I haven’t read “God is not great” or “The God Delusion.” I figured that since they’re written by men claiming to be atheists when in fact there really is no such thing as an atheist that they are full of conjecture & misinformation from deceived men and they wouldn’t be worth my time. If you want me to address a specific claim either Hitchens or Dawkins made in their books, I would be happy to if I can. Just let me know.

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      1. if you could have a look at god is not great chapter seven, eight and ten. and this is from the god delusion.He then turns to the subject of morality, maintaining that we do not need religion to be good. Instead, our morality has a Darwinian explanation: altruistic genes, selected through the process of evolution, give people natural empathy. He asks, “would you commit murder, rape or robbery if you knew that no God existed?” He argues that very few people would answer “yes”, undermining the claim that religion is needed to make us behave morally. In support of this view, he surveys the history of morality, arguing that there is a moral Zeitgeist that continually evolves in society, generally progressing toward liberalism. As it progresses, this moral consensus influences how religious leaders interpret their holy writings. Thus, Dawkins states, morality does not originate from the Bible, rather our moral progress informs what part of the Bible Christians accept and what they now dismiss.[

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      2. Nick,

        As you know from this previous comment I made on Richard Dawkins, his words can hardly be taken seriously since he doesn’t back them with facts, just his unfounded opinions. Question what he states & you will always discover huge holes in his assumptions. He’s an atheist liberal who thinks nothing is wrong with pedophilia, so can someone as immoral as that really be listened to?

        On his question about if people would commit murder, rape, etc. if they knew no God existed, has he even done a study asking people such questions? If you recall in the YouTube video “Genius” I pointed out to you previously, people sin whether or not they believe in God’s existence. Lying, adultery, and other sins are just as bad as the ones Dawkins mentioned and we all inherently know those are wrong, and that includes people like Dawkins. Yet knowing something like lying is wrong, would people who supposedly don’t believe in God’s existence lie? We see in our own lives and throughout history that everyone of us lies or has lied at some point in our lives.

        If Dawkins’ conclusion is that we evolve and progress toward liberalism, how is that an improvement? Liberalism = progressivism = socialism. Throughout history where you find people with these principles in power, murder, lies, false imprisonment, and the general violation of human rights has always occurred, from the French Revolution (yes, they were liberals) to the current U.S. Presidential administration (whose policies for Operation Fast & Furious & Benghazi have led to innocent lives lost). Christian doctrine, on the other hand, is about preserving human life. And that’s really what Dawkins and genuine liberals hate. Atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Liberal institutions straightaway cease from being liberal the moment they are soundly established: once this is attained no more grievous and more thorough enemies of freedom exist than liberal institutions.”

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  3. 1) Is God really all-powerful? Omnipotent? Is it true that He can do anything? If this is the case, why has God not already defeated and destroyed Satan? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to conquer Satan before Adam and Eve could be tempted in the garden? Why do you think God is waiting?

    2) If Jesus is God, and if God is omnipotent, why did the redemption of humankind require Christ’s torture and execution? Why would a God with limitless power not simply forgive man his sin?

    3) You were born with a sin nature. Do you deserve Hell? If so, why would God choose an eternal (and agonizing) punishment instead of a finite one?

    4) In Genesis 22, God commanded Abraham to take his son, Isaac, to Moriah and sacrifice him with a knife upon an altar. Ultimately, God spared Isaac and revealed that this exercise was a test of faith. However, if God was truly omniscient (all-knowing), would he not have already known the measure of Abraham’s faith? And wouldn’t this edict have been traumatizing and cruel for both the parent and the child?

    5) If God commanded you, as he did to Abraham in Genesis 22, to take one of your children and kill him/her upon an altar as a demonstration of your faith and obedience, would you do it? Can you explain what you might do in that situation?

    6) Matthew 10:29 states that not even a sparrow will fall to the ground apart from God’s will. If God’s will is already guaranteed to be done, what purpose does prayer have?

    7) Luke 12:7 declares that God is so intimately familiar with you as his child that he has numbered the hairs on your head. Psalm 121:7 says “The LORD will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life.” Do you carry health insurance? Do you wear a seat belt while driving? Do you lock your doors at night? Do you own a firearm, taser or mace? If any of these apply to you, can you explain why such protective measures are necessary if you are guaranteed God’s omnipotent hand of protection?

    8) In Matthew 16:28, Jesus declares to his disciples that he will come again quickly. “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Yet the last of the disciples died 2,000 years ago. Why has Christ not fulfilled his promise?

    9) What state were you born in? What was the religion of your parents? Do you feel that these elements contributed to your current religious beliefs?

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    1. 1) God created angels and humans with the capacity to choose right or wrong–free will. That’s not a lack of omniscience or omnipotence, that’s love. If anyone forces someone to do everything they want, we call it tyranny. God didn’t create us to be mindless robots to be forced to do stuff. Isn’t it interesting that if God lets us do what we want and it lands us in trouble, we claim he isn’t omniscient? If he were to stop us from doing something evil like gay ‘marriage’ or punish us for doing bad things like having sex outside of marriage, we call him a tyrannical killjoy. God is waiting to end Satan because he works on his own timetable, not man’s. If a person works as a lower level employee of a corporation, do you think the owner who founded the company has to answer to the lower level employees for every decision they make when the owner has been around longer, has more experience, and has proven successful? Then maybe God deserves the same courtesy to run the universe as he pleases.

      2) Sin in God’s eyes is equivalent to a crime, according to the Bible. When we break just laws, we expect the criminal to pay for his/her crimes. God has made just laws that if broken, require capital punishment. God doesn’t break his own laws, unlike man. God’s law says, “The wages (payment) for sin is death…” so Jesus had to pay that penalty on our behalf if God’s laws were to be met. Do you think a rapist, murderer, perjurer, child molester, etc. should just be forgiven by our legal authorities without punishment? Then how would you expect that from God, who is more righteous than man?

      3) Yes, I deserve hell. That’s why I thank God for Jesus, the personified God of love and love of God. Hell was created originally for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41) who lived in a true bona fide utopia, but had the unmitigated gall to rebel against it because of selfishness. Man once lived in a utopia also, and Adam and Eve chose to disobey the law. So a place like hell is deservedly agonizing and if anyone doesn’t want to go there, they don’t have to. They can choose God’s payment for their sin (Jesus) or they can choose to pay for their own sin by spending eternity in hell. It’s their free will. Why ask why when God has lovingly provided a way of escaping the punishment? God’s universe, God’s rules. And if anyone doesn’t like the rules, they can go to… well, you get the point.

      4) The Bible says faith without works is dead. A person proves they have faith by their actions. Sometimes hardships in life are what’s needed to strengthen our resolve on an issue. Abraham and his wife were made the better for it and their relationship with God got stronger. God’s ends justify his means because he has pure motives. If an enemy came against you violently or threatened you in some way, wouldn’t you prefer a defender who has experienced some hard knocks in life like intense physical and psychological training and who is battle tested? “Any hardship, as long as it doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger.” Plus Abraham went through what he did as a testimony to future generations. I think that it’s great that even today, centuries later, people look back and are encouraged in the Lord by that whole situation.

      5) That would be like taking an open book quiz or taking a test I would already know the answer to, so I would do whatever God asks. But I would test the spirit first to see whether it is truly of God as the Bible commands me to do. Jesus said:

      35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

      36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

      37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

      38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Matthew 10

      God asks us to sacrifice our families in different ways. Sometimes we skip a family function because God wants us to minister to someone at a particular time. Other times we have to disagree with close family members about their personal feelings or decisions on certain issues because God’s word clearly says something different than what their position is. True believers will cling to what God says on such issues even if it stirs up conflict with the family member(s) we love.

      That’s it for now. I’ll get to your other questions another time.

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    2. 6) You misquoted Matthew 10:29. It actually says “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” This isn’t talking about God’s will as you stated. It’s talking about God’s awareness of what has happened. The purpose of prayer is to acknowledge God’s majesty, sovereignty, and might based on fact-based faith and is a means to strengthen our personal relationship with him by talking to him. It also shows God is a reasonable God who can be reasoned with. His will may be set for an event to happen, but the way the event happens can change. This is shown in 2 Kings 20 when Hezekiah was going to die of a sickness, but he reasoned with God & had 15 years tacked onto his life. He still eventually died, but the way he died changed.

      7) God gives us the wisdom of self-preservation. There have been times where I didn’t have health insurance and I survived just fine (but now it’s mandatory in the U.S. by a socialized system–don’t even get me started on that one). Times where I didn’t wear a seat belt and got from point A to point B safely. God has allowed people to protect themselves from the harm of others from the time he sentenced Cain in Genesis. Abraham had to rescue Lot & his family & the people of Sodom & Gomorrah when they were attacked and taken captive. God gave him the victory. Jehovah isn’t a micro manager and expects us to avoid danger on our own when we can and to protect ourselves when we can’t avoid dangers. That’s why he gave us a brain. That’s why Jesus rebuked Satan when the devil told him to throw himself off the temple. His protection comes into play when we face circumstances beyond our limitations, if he chooses to.

      8) This question about Matthew 16:28 was already asked & answered by me before in a previous comment where I said:

      “Matthew 16:28 was fulfilled when the apostle John saw the Son of Man coming in his kingdom in a vision called the book of Revelation. It was also fulfilled before that when Christ was raised from the dead. You once again make the assumption that the Son of Man coming in his kingdom is only speaking of the physical second coming. After Jesus gave the prophecy in Matthew 16, a conversation took place as recorded in Luke 17:20-21– “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” The kingdom of God started within the nation of Israel within Christ’s disciples. The prophecy was fulfilled.”

      9) My Christian upbringing is supposed to contribute to my Christian beliefs. That is commanded by God throughout scripture–Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4, 1 Timothy 2:15, 3:4, 3:12. Ultimately the choice to follow Jesus as Lord is an individual’s own decision. That’s why 60-75% of kids in America who grow up in Christian homes turn their backs on Christianity when they leave home. That’s also why many people who grew up in pagan homes in pagan countries decide to become Christians. As a matter of fact, Christians in Asia outnumber those in America. Same with Africa. Those are mostly pagan continents. So your implied argument (a popular one) that people are Christians only because they grow up in Christian homes isn’t true.

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