The Debate of God being in existence or not is a very wide argument and most times end up in the two parties not being able to convince each other, that his point of view is true. Last month we did a post where We saw God give instructions for a woman who tries to defend another her husband by grabbing the offender by his privates, hands to be chopped off. The topic today is why God killed Ananias and Sapphira

I have been in conversations with Atheists were they have called God a killer, Babaric and a monster, points which they Butress by pulling some scriptures which On Face value may seem like God is just a real blood thirsty monster. But is he? An atheist earlier today on a Forum which I am a member, said that Christians are tongue in cheek when we proclaim God to be a loving father, when most of his deeds seems otherwise. Today an atheist posted on that same forum on the story of Ananias and Sapphira, who are like the two most popular couples in the Bible after Adam and eve, not because of the wonderful relationship they had as husband and wife, but in the manner they both died. For those who are unfamiliar with the story of Ananias and Sapphira, here is a brief description of them.

Acts 5 1-11: 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.

Great! Now that you know a little of ananias and Sapphira and the terrible death they had… Let’s read what this Atheist had to say(note, this a popular man in Nigeria and I respect him with all my heart)
Pastor Adeboye’s recent fatwa on “whoever introduces tribalism to RCCG”, which is confusing because their list of leaders shows that tribalism has already been introduced to the church, reminded me of my concerns about the morality of the Ananias and Sapphira tale.

According to Acts 20:32 – Acts 5:11, “there were no needy persons among [the Christians]. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” This was obviously not a sustainable way to do things because eventually, all the rich people in the church would have been reduced to poverty.

Anyway, “a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property; with his wife’s knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet” Now there’s a lot to like about this couple. First, that they were willing to lose their property to help the needy in the church. Secondly, that they consulted with each other at every step of the way, and acted as one.

But this couple retained a sense of sense of financial responsibility, so they decided to be keep some of the proceeds of the sale for themselves, to take care of their kids, etc. However, God (or someone who knew what happened), told Peter what they had done, and Peter shamed them before the church by revealing their secret. So they cried, repented, were forgiven, and brought the rest of the money to the apostles that evening.

Haha. Just kidding. Peter, the guy who denied Jesus three times and was forgiven, had them killed by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, who is love. First he killed Ananias, and somehow nobody told his wife about his death. Then he killed Sapphira for backing up her husband.

Imagine the sorrow of the parents who brought up Ananias and Sapphira and instilled in them the values that made them successful enough to own property and pious enough to embrace Christianity. Imagine the inconsolable wailing of their kids who would now have to rely on the charity of the same church that killed both of their parents, in order to survive. Consider the eternal burning in hell that awaited the couple.

How can anyone read this story and not be horrified by it? How can you open your mouth and say “God is love” after reading this chilling tale?

I would refute some of the points mentioned there.
1. God is absolutely love. God’s love for mankind is unquestionable
2. If the poster of this Atheistic point chose to read through the context of what happened, He would realize that God gave an instruction through his servant Peter, that the people “Voluntarily” bring their sale or whatever they had. Note the word voluntarily, there was no forcing anybody to do anything. God doesn’t force people to do anything. That’s why God leaves us to choose to worship him, or not to. Ananias and Sapphira could have chosen not to sell their property.
3. God killed Ananias because to whom much is given, much is expected. Ananias was a Christian and has heard about Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, so he should have known better than lying in God’s presence. Remember that in a part of the Bible God striked a priest Zachariah for asking the same question mary asked and was spared.
4. If the poster read through, the scripture in context when Sapphira came, Peter asked her again, are you sure that this is the whole proceedhuh God always gives us a second chance and even third chances to correct our mistakes. Now another question is, did Sapphira not see the dead body of her husband at the feet of Peter? Because the Bible records that when Sapphira died their both bodies were carried out. I want to assume that the body was there, because I know that the apostles didn’t hide the body so that they could trap Saphira in her lie. So is it safe to assume that spahirra had all the chance to say the truth and she blatantly refuse, meaning that these couple were staunch and hardened liars and God knows that if they could lie in his presence, even when the chances were there to redeem themselves and still they went right ahead… There is surely no hope for both of them as they are reprobate minds.

Finally, God hates and abhors sin, let alone sin in his house. God killed them both as a lesson to unbelievers and believers on the stance of God on the issue of sin. God killed them so that others even during that their time could Learn, cos of God had spared them others would have followed suit.

I hope I was able to change someone’s mind concerning some demonic atheistic statements that are taken out of context to attack the faith of we young Christians. Shalom!