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    • zika

      Acts 5: 1-12, give it a read.

      The gist: a husband and wife sell their land. They keep a portion of the profits for themselves. They then meet with the Apostle Peter, and Peter confronts them individually on the money they made from the sale. They each lie on what their profit was and die on the spot for it.

      After reading those verses I just was like... WTF?! Isn't the god of the New Testament suppose to be loving and nice? This story feels backwards, like Old Testament times.

    • Toly

      Most of the confusion stems from the idea that God somehow changed between the time of the new and old testament which the Bible never claims.
      The example of this husband and wife serves/served two main purposes that I can see: to show that God will still punish people in certain cases and to show the early church that they were dealing with something true not just the convictions of a group of people. This example seems to focus our attention on the fact that God has not changed and in circumstances that require it punishment will still be carried out.

    • Chris

      Hey Tyler,

      I'm sorry I missed this when you first posted it. How in the world after all the years I spent in churches and how many times I read the New Testament, did I not pick up on this story? It got me curious, so I looked up a few sermons online where pastors tried to explain it and I just couldn't get it.

      For people who are curious, here 'tis:

      Acts 5:1-12 King James Version (KJV)

      1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

      2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

      3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

      4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

      5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

      6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

      7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

      8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

      9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

      10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

      11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

      12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.

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