The Passion of Christ Scenes not in the Bible

Speaking of the same scene, at the end of the confrontation between Jesus and Judas below the bridge, Iscariot is confronted by a demon, which sets off a chain of events throughout his screen time. It is in his next scenes that the former disciple is tormented by demons everywhere, first by a single scary demon and then by demonic children, before dying by suicide. These evil spirits are clear representations of Judas’ grief, fear, and remorse, but ultimately the former disciple never repents of his actions, instead succumbing to his own inner demons.

Although the Bible never says that Judas Iscariot was tormented by demons as a result of his betrayal of Christ, that doesn’t seem like a stretch. In fact, there is actually biblical precedent as the scriptures say that Satan himself entered Judas before betraying his former rabbi (Luke 22:3 and John 13:27). He also says that Satan’s ultimate goal is to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10) and it all falls within those parameters. While “The Passion of the Christ” obviously uses artistic license to expand on the Judas Iscariot story, it’s not entirely over the top.

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