The story Ananya and Sapphira starts in Acts Chapter 5 1-10
is a very scary story spooked allot of people for a really long time.
Personally I haven’t given such thought for really long time.
But unfortunately in my church people have used this to spin ridiculous theories and just scaring people to be good.
Usually this verse is used in combination with,
Philippians 2 12-18
Do Everything Without Grumbling
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[c] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
If you see the verse 12
You would see oh, a not scary verse ,ends with
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling .People often quote this verse to Scare people like wise, as you can see it is completely taken out of context.
Next we examine Ananya and Sapphira , It does not mention Ananya and Sapphira are Christians. Let’s assume they are,but
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
So it is not really possible to really tell properly a person is a Christian or not. The second part of verse says believe in your heart.
One cannot know what that person thinks in his heart.
So let’s exercise reasonable doubt whether they were Christians.
Second question one should ask is why did they lie. Let’s read through shall we .
Ananias and Sapphira
5 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
The lie here is that he kept part of the money. But why ? Here’s my understanding.
Like always ,let the word of God translate word of God.
2 Thessalonians 3
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
Notice these people did not work ,yet enjoyed good food and were comfortable. Busy bodies means really fat people. Remember people those days did not have access to junk food such as Lays and Coke. They had to buy the good food like meats and delicacies.
If you guys know your history, these was not much you could spend money on those days, eating good food without working means considerable amount of money.
These Christians piled all their money, living with each others help.
The money was quite allot, enough for people not to drag their part of weight.
So Ananya and Sapphira were actually Con Artists, they wanted to steal the huge pile of money. Not sure about their grand plan.
They didn’t invest all their money because, if their plan failed ; They needed a escape plan. But they needed a substantial amount of money to earn the trust of the people.
You might say this is all nice but I don’t think so
I will let bible explain itself
Proverbs 9 : 17,18
“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”
But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
The Bible just says your life expectancy drastically decreases when you are a thief.
Here’s how I see it, how many of you are stupid enough to get killed by your own soldiers guarding the border.
God was protecting his people from the wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Say you and your friends are hostages under gunpoint by terrorists. Say soldiers and terrorist get into a gun fight, terrorist get popped.
All blood falls on your face. Would be afraid of the soldiers who rescued you or be glad the terrorist is dead. If you are afraid of the soldier, either you are a terrorist or just plain dumb.
All of you people who used these verses to condemn people ,Read this
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are a abomination to the LORD.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Remember let bible explain itself, no need to come up with your own explanations.