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Ananias and Saphira

K X M John

05 May 2010

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At the outset, Father Zachariah said the sad episode of Ananias and Saphira as narrated in Acts 5: 1-11 has been proposed for this present debate. “I trust you have all come prepared for a stimulating discussion. But, before we proceed, let me tell you this is a much misunderstood episode, debated over the centuries by Biblical scholars without arriving at any conclusion. That need not surprise us because matters connected with God are always shrouded in mystery and human minds may not be able to grasp their full significance. But, before we proceed further, may I suggest one of you read out passage 4: 32-37 by way of preface, to be followed by 5: 1-11.”

Secretary Leelamma volunteered. She read from the New American Bible:

4: 32-37. The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power, the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. Continue reading