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From A Betrayer
by Robert Barra 
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I write this in response to a comment made on one of my poems.

“But Jesus said to him, 'Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?'” ~ Luke 22:48

Let me just say that I am in no way justifying anything I have done. I know who I am and am willing to explore my faults through hope and righteous guidance. I believe many know me as one who has sought to display himself in total; not just any asset but fault as well.

Recently, a person under an assumed name on this site made a comment to me on one of my writings that I had betrayed someone, even comparing themselves to God with myself being much like Judas.

I will say this: They are absolutely correct.

The Bible gives a definition of love. It is defined not as a feeling but as actions showing things like patience, kindness, along with trust, and hope for the one loved. The Bible goes on to say as a commandment that we are to display these attributes to one another regardless of the kind of relationship we may have with the other person, be they a lover, a neighbor or an enemy. It is implied scripturally that to not show these things can be defined as sin, as betrayal. This kind of love can only be displayed as an act of faith toward the biblical God and Lord and anything not done in such faith, as the scriptures say, is sin.

After all, did Judas really mean to show kindness to Jesus by kissing him? Was he really being affectionate to him? If so, did Judas feel so bad about his acts of selflessness that he had to commit suicide? It seems his act of suicide was a betrayal toward God the Life-giver. It can be said the person commenting has as much in common with Judas as myself.

When one is not showing biblical god-like love to any person they are displaying sin. The act of sin is not only a betrayal toward that person but also toward the Lord. Jesus died for a world of betrayers, of whom I am chief.

Even many Christians have the wrong idea about Biblical love, believing it only has to do with loving someone romantically. It has nothing to do with physical intimacy and everything to do with relationships; people appropriately responding to one another. One can have sex and not love. To do such is either rape, adultery or fornication. That is a form of betrayal.

Biblical love is truly people skills as defined by the One who made people. To God it seems the only kind of real people skills, implying that to do less is betraying them and their Maker.

So when one person accuses another of betrayal it may be they are unaware of their own sin, their own propensity for betrayal. A symptom of sin is self-delusion. They lie to themselves, to others against the Truth, Who is identified as God Himself. God is Truth.

Nothing sinful one has done can be justified, only explained. At best it seems a step toward change and redemption that one acknowledges their own spiritual state and rid themselves of any delusion. What can happen but one become disillusioned; that is to say to rid themselves of an illusion of their own supposed righteousness.

There is just something deluded about comparing oneself to God. If we are all honest with ourselves we have had that delusion. I know I often have.

Sin is betrayal. But then what is the Gospel of Jesus Christ about, if not the answer given to we the betrayers?

© 8-31-2012

Their Comment:

"I am so sorry for your heartbreak from this woman. But as I read this I find it compelling that you took it upon yourself to think she did it to hurt you. You don't know what she was feeling at the time possibly hurt, rejection, thrown aside like a dirty rag, who knows what was in her bleeding heart. Don't judge and don't think for a minute that you could possibly know her anguish. You can speculate but that is all. Your not her so don't flatter yourself. Rethink what you just wrote and think maybe Judas who betrayed God, you may have betrayed her. Anonymous"

This person is actually talking about themselves. She is the woman in question. The comment was made on a poem that can be found here, called "I Can Be".

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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