We often hear that If you simply believe in Jesus, you will be saved. Of course you can get into long discussions about By Faith alone, "A man is justified by faith without the deeds of law." Romans 3:28 or by works alone, "For you render to each one according to his works." Pslams 62:12 or by works and faith, some will say faith without works is dead and vice versa. But that isn't how the Christianity sales technique goes for us non-believers. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16 You can drive down the highway in most of the US and find billboards stating this over and over. Even here in liberal Washington, we hear that.
Judas believed in Jesus. He thought that Jesus was the Son of God. He gave up his family to follow him. He was so tight with Jesus that he attended the Last Supper as one of the 12 disciples. But then he betrays Jesus by turning him in to the Pharisees and the Romans. He still believed in Jesus so much that he either hung himself or his guts burst out from the torment of what he had done. Since we don't know precisely how he died, it's fair to assume that either way it was due to the grief of his betrayal. Some might even argue that Judas was told to carry out this betrayal during the Last Supper. So did Judas go to Heaven due to his works over many years and his faith in Jesus, or did one transgression throw him into the pits of Hell? Don't forget that Moses never entered the Promised Land due to not believing that water was going to come from a stone for just one second.
The thought of this question makes me eager to put it to a group of Christians to sit back and let the in fighting begin. After the question occurred to me, I did find that I'm not the first to think of it. Good longish article
on it. How do you see this playing out?