The story of Jesus Christ and his disciples is one that has been told and retold for centuries. Each of the twelve apostles played a significant role in the life of Jesus and the spread of Christianity.
However, one of them, Judas Iscariot, is infamous for his betrayal of Jesus. But what about the other eleven?
There are several accounts in history about what happened to the apostles after Jesus’ death. One of them, unfortunately, involves suicide.
According to the Bible, it was Judas who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver and later hanged himself in remorse. But which disciple followed in his footsteps?
The answer is none other than Peter’s successor, Matthias. After Jesus ascended into heaven, the remaining eleven disciples decided to choose a twelfth apostle to replace Judas.
They selected Matthias by casting lots (Acts 1:26). However, not much is known about him after that.
According to tradition, Matthias traveled to preach the gospel but faced opposition from pagans who tortured him and eventually killed him. However, some accounts claim that he died by suicide after facing immense guilt over his failure to spread the word of God effectively. This belief stems from a statement made by St. Clement of Alexandria who claimed that Matthias “was not found worthy to be numbered with the apostles” because he had committed suicide.
It’s worth noting that this theory is not universally accepted among scholars and theologians. Some argue that there is no evidence supporting this claim and that it may have been fabricated or misinterpreted over time.
Regardless of whether or not Matthias did commit suicide, his story serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of guilt and despair. It also highlights how even those closest to God can struggle with their faith and fall prey to negative thoughts and feelings.
In conclusion, while Judas may be infamous for betraying Jesus and ultimately taking his own life, Matthias is also believed by some to have committed suicide. However, as with any historical account, it’s important to approach this information with a critical eye and consider all viewpoints before drawing conclusions.