Greetings Mr. Walker,
The Bible seems to convey otherwise. The general concensus as far as the common statements given by believers are that God works through people and nations and is Alpha and Omega etc. etc. etc. That said I certainly suspect it would depend on freewill, predestination or whatever other stance the individual takes and just how literal one takes the Bible.
Never thought much about the man who had a hand in the death of the "Messiah" to the masses? To each their own.
Is it really so obvious? Did he hang himself out of guilt? Or did he jump off a cliff and his bowles burst (supposedly as part of divine prophecy) as Acts mentions? I suspect there is too much inconsistency to say something is obvious.
There is again an issue with "betrayal." Mark, the earliest account does not imply betrayal at all. Judas hands Jesus over. No connotation is implied that Judas is a traitor until later gospels.
Pilate's wife, Claudia Procula, is believed to have testified to the Messiahship of Jesus by Orthodox churches, and is commemorated on October 27 in the Greek Synaxarion. For both, veneration is based on conversion and not for being agents or instruments of God.
Many of my sources say Egytpian Coptic Christians indeed did venerate Pilate. You've certainly given me something to look further into. Thank you!
I was aware of why Pilate became venerated. Although many do imply that even in the Bible Pilate has potential by supposedly seeing the divinity in Christ and in John, Pilate states to a degree that he sees no guilt in Jesus. The story's you mention certainly postdate the Bible but further convey what I personally believe. That the authors were aware of Pilate on the Gospel of John and in seeing as how Pilate would recognize the divinity of Christ would go on to "convert" or supposedly become a believer before being taken off from his position (for a massacre he causes elsewhere after the debacle with Christ) in disgrace and killing himself in Roman official fashion.
I agree with the earlier point that although he was part of God's plan etc, his motives perhaps reveal his deficient character.
Unless he was instructed by Jesus that is, pulled aside and told to snitch.
Either way, im not sure he minds.
The Gospels of Luke and John very much villify Judas.
As presented before in Luke the author implies that the devil is working through Judas. In John the author conveys that Judas is in league with the devil. I'd say that's villification. Considering how imbelished the tale seems to be by the time the author of John gets to Judas.
We do not know Judas's intend! Mark only conveys that Judas handed Jesus over. It's possible that Judas was introducing Jesus to the local high priests and something went wrong. It's possible the later authors had it write in Judahs's intentions all along. In Mark we get that he recieved 30 pieces of silver. Then later Matthew playing on that conveys that Judas did what he did out of greed and hence the notion of betrayal starts to creep in.