I was looking for some material on the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira ( Acts 5:1-11) when I ran across this video presentation of the story.
This is probably one of the more bizarre passages in the New Testament. For a book that teaches all about love, forgiveness and acceptance, the execution of this couple for lying about their offering seems out of place. I know of few people who are hoping that God will start striking people dead for lying and I am not even sure that is supposed to be the point of the story.
The video is creative, but I am not sure the moral the narrator offers at the end is much more helpful. He suggests that although there is no happy ending there is a warning. "Take God very seriously, dare I say, deadly serious."
What do you think? What is the point of the Ananias and Sapphira story and how is or can it be relevant to modern readers of the Bible?