I was reading this chapter of the Bible tonight, working my way through the book. It starts out with this guy and his wife, Ananias and Sapphira. They have this farm or some kind of land that they are to sell and give the money to Peter. They do this but don't give him all of the money. It seems to be one of those Adam and Eve type situations except that this time, it's him that does the sinning and her that says "yeah, sure I agree with that".
Well, somehow, Peter finds out about this and just goes off on the guy. He accuses him of lying not to Peter but to God. What a horrible thing to do! Don't lie to God! Everyone knows better than that. Well, when Ananias hears this, he falls down and dies! Then Peter lays into Sapphira, accusing her of the same thing and promising her the same fate. Then she falls down and dies!
Wow! Don't cross God! Other people hear about this and are freaking out! They don't dare lie to God and presumably, are spared from falling down and dying. Can you imagine? Being yelled at by someone you were supposed to help and then falling down dead right there? Then your wife does the same thing!
Sometimes I wish the Bible read more like a novel. It would be less shocking. You wouldn't just fall down and die like that--there'd be some description of thought or emotion or even the rumbling of the sky and the dark clouds rolling in. There'd be wind whipping all around Peter as he made his accusations. Ananias and Sapphira would be cowering! Begging for mercy! Denying the whole thing! Something! There'd be some explanation for it all.
But no. Just falling down dead. Just like that. Wow!