There is a slight matter about the precise words here. Jesus does not "regret" Judas' birth, he says that "it would have been better for Judas if he had not been born". In other words, Judas' birth is good "in the big picture", but it is not good "for Judas", in hindsight.Ireth Telrúnya said:Hello, Eriol.
I'd like to comment on what you (and Jesus) said about Judas, that it had been better if he had never been born.
Don't you think it is a strange statement coming from One who is in fact the Almighty God Himself, since Jesus is (according to christology) said to have been 100 % God and 100 % man when He was on Earth. Not just a man.
Why does God himself regrets that Judas was born? Why did his "perfect" plan include inevitably that one man will perish?
In the Bible God assures us that He doesn't want anyone to perish, but inherit the everlasting life when we believe in His Son's work on the Cross.
Yet Jesus says it was better for Judas that he had not been born at all.
God does not want anyone to perish, as you say. Perishing is a result of free will. There is no free will without the possibility of evil, and if you say that God should be blamed for creating the possibility of evil, you are right. God created that. But God's judgment is that the possibility of evil is better than its absence; that free will is better than automata. When you "blame God" for that, you actually say that automata would be better...
That's a reasonable opinion. But God apparently disagrees .
I've worshipped the Valar (no joke) when I was a teenager, then I became a general theist (probably more like a deist) just on a personal whim in my early twenties... I just became a Christian less than 3 years ago. So most of my notions about the Bible are very limited (as I'm sure Thorin will agree ). Indeed, I should study the Bible more. But we are not Bible worshippers, Ireth... we worship Jesus. There is no problem within the Bible that can't be solved through reasoning and good will, because Jesus assured us of that, and this makes for a much more cheerful reading .Let me say that I've been what you can call a believer, but nowadays I'm more just questioning the things I've learned from the Bible in the past.
And those years trying to figure out the Bible and its controversial matters never gave the result I thought it would.
If we don't like something in the Bible, we can always come back to the Rock, Christ, and remember that He said we should trust Him.
Helcaraxë, you take Hell to be a material place with material fire and material time. That is the only sense in which one can say that "God created Hell". I, on the other hand, think that there is no one place/time/fire that is "Hell", I think that Hell is absence of God. "Only God can truly create", you say. Very Tolkienish . But this addresses creation out of nothing, not the use of our freedom. Morgoth can't create, but he can make Orcs. We can't create, but we can reject God. It's a matter of freedom, not of creation.
Those in Hell freely chose to go there; they dug their own hole.