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Big Lies in the Bible: Ananias and Sapphira

As Christians, we believe the Bible is absolute truth and teaches us how we should live our lives to please God... while also giving some pretty good examples of what happens to those who don’t.

So today, we’re going to take a look at a married couple in the New Testament who allowed their greed to turn them into liars, which resulted in... well, let’s just see what the Bible has to say:

Acts‬ ‭5:1-11‬ ‭ESV‬

“But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God." When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." And she said, "Yes, for so much." But Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.”‬

Here’s a husband and wife duo, who were part of the early church. They sold plot of land and gave some of the money to the church. The problem? They lied about the amount they sold the land for. They wanted to look righteous and mighty in the eyes of the early church leaders, so they gave a portion of the money, but said they gave everything.

Ananias was called in and questioned about the price of the land, and he insisted he gave everything.

Our friend, Peter, aka Rocky, saw right through his lie and Ananias was instantly struck dead.

The exact same situation occurred shortly after, when Sapphira was called in for questioning. Yikes.

Moral of the story? God doesn’t play around when it comes to lying. Especially when you’re trying to make yourself look better in the eyes of His followers. Wrath will come to those who abuse His name.

Thank you for reading and learning with me today! I hope to see you back here for the next edition of “Big Lies in the Bible!”

-Michael Schaffer

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