by Mike Kimel
The Economic System of the Apostles
I am not a Christian, but if I was, I suspect the following verses from the Acts of the Apostles would have an impact on my life.
And all that believed were together, and had all things
common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all
[men], as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one
accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat
their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and
having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church
daily such as should be saved.
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart
and of one soul: neither said any [of them] that ought of the things
which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And
with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the
Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any
among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or
houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
And laid [them] down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made
unto every man according as he had need.”
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife,
sold a possession, 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. 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? 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. And
Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and
great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young
men arose, wound him up, and carried [him] out, and buried [him]. And
it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not
knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me
whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
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. 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. And great fear came upon all the
church, and upon as many as heard these things.
How do you interpret these selections?