Judas better if he had not been born?
I think in putting the New Testament account of the reason for Jesus being born on Earth, one may be served in considering the Judas question in a different light than that what is prescribed by the scriptures that make him out to be one who was taken over by the adversary and is thus damned for eternity for betraying the son of man.
If Yeshua (Jesus) came to earth in order to take away all the worlds sins, and upon the cross confessed that his mission had been accomplished, how then was that mission to achieve it's goal? If Judas had not served his part in turning Yeshua over to those who sought him out so that he could commence to that end.
How else, in believing "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life", would the blood of the lamb afford redemption and salvation of the worlds people from their sin if Jesus had not spilled it on the cross?
And how else would he have come to be there, were it not for Judas setting the entire thing in motion, doing his part, according to the plan God had set for himself by electing to arrive on earth being born of a virgin and thus sinless, so as to take the worlds sins unto himself.
I don't believe the condemnation of Judas by scripture is contextually fair or credible in rendering his actions into a negative light. I think Judas acted according to what God had began as the plan of salvation and without Judas that plan would not have been accomplished. Jesus, at the last supper, commanded Judas to go forth and do what he needed to do.
In a room full of apostles, in the presence of the all knowing Christ, is it reasonable to imagine Judas, whom Jesus clearly knew and foresaw his intentions would have ever gotten out of the room, being he was about to go forth and turn Jesus over to those in the temple who sought him out for crucifixion for the crime of blasphemy? While Roman authorities sought Jesus for sedition.
Judas was part of the plan. And the scripture I believe indicates Jesus was well aware of this. Thus, in my opinion, Jesus is a hero for insuring Yeshua's mission was accomplished through the means that was deemed necessary by God's will.