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