Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

Significance of the Term “Son of God”: Judas Iscariot called Son of Devil

Both these terms, the Son of God and the Son of Devil, have been used in the Gospel. In Luke (8:12) a man has been called the devil but, even after having been called the devil, he remains a human being all the same, and no transformation whatsoever is wrought in him…. The speaker means only to say that he is, like the Devil, wickedness personified. In John (6:70) Jesus is reported to have said in respect of a disciple of his, Judas Iscariot: And one of you [i.e., the twelve disciples] is a devil. Jesus had used these stinging words for the reason that there was devilry in the mind of that disciple, and he was to betray his holy Master for a mean sum of thirty lucre. Judas Iscariot did not, of course, change his species, but remained a human being, unal­tered in the least. It was on account of his unfaithfulness and betrayal that he was called a devil.