What is the meaning of better to not have been born?
For example this verse concerning Judas:
“Indeed the Son of Man goes as it has been written about Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for him if that man had not been born.” (Matthew 26:24)
Is it better to not to have been born in the absolute or relative sense? How does ‘Scripture interpret or explain Scripture’ (where the ‘same’, ‘similar’ or ‘equivalent’ phrase is found)?
Please consider the verses below which clearly state that “it is better not to have existed (born) in (Ecclesiastes 4:3)” with respect to (the reason, relative to) “not having seen the evil done under the sun” (such as ‘Judas’ betrayal’) and it’s ‘not’ meant in the absolute sense simply because ‘God’s Intervention Heals all things eventually’ making it ‘new’:
“Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.
So I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living.
But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:1 – 4)
Let us not forget that Christ’s ‘last words’ (His Intervention) to Judas was ‘friend’ thus Christ laid down His life for Judas too at the point of betrayal when he was an ‘enemy’ itself, amazing isn’t it? Here are the verses:
“Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.” (Matthew 26:49 – 50)
For ‘any thing’, it is thus generally true that:
“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,…” (first part, Ecclesiastes 7:8)
Because of ‘His Will’ (Intervention Alone):
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.” (Isaiah 42:9)
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)
“And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:5)