While most of the murders attributed to Jesus Christ or his followers by the Romans and Jews were eliminated from Church histories and do not appear in the Bible, this sanitized passage does remain. Did God strike down Ananias and Sapphira? Would that stand up in court if a modern cult claimed its followers had been struck down for not giving all their money to the cult?
Ac 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, Ac 5:2 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. Ac 5:3 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? Ac 5:4 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. Ac 5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. Ac 5:6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. Ac 5:7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. Ac 5:8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Ac 5:9 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. Ac 5:10 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. Ac 5:11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
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