6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
Acts 3:6 (NLT)
In this article I shall continue to expose the lies of religion by revealing the truth on the frequently twisted verses. If you have been reading some of the comments from the religious people, you will realize that they are not really interested in what the Bible says. All they care are their religious doctrines and they will stoop to any level to twist the Bible to fit into their religion.
There are basically 2 ways their perversion works.
The first is to stick the magic word “spiritual” to every promise of God found in the Bible. According to their religion, the word “spiritual” refers to anything that cannot be shown nor proven. Since health and wealth can be shown and proven, they are not spiritual. This means God never promised health and wealth to anyone because health and wealth are not spiritual. So it does not matter how poor and sick you are because God can still use the poor and sick. However, if you try to ask God for health and wealth, the religious people will condemn you to hell because you asked for unspiritual things.
The second way is to find the slightest hints in the Bible that show believers being sick or poor, quote them out of context, magnify them and use them to prove that God loves to make people poor and sick. After all, he is God. He can do anything he likes not matter how perverted and evil. He has the right to stoop to any level and cause sufferings as long as he is happy about it. In the mind of the religious people, God has no moral and can be as perverted as he likes.
The above verse is one of the “proofs” religious people use in their second way of perversion. The question here is, does Acts 3:6 really proves God is the pervert that made Peter poor? Did God really cause the Apostles to be poor and by extension, Christians must not be rich? We shall study in depth.
Let us begin with the background story.
Peter and John went out to the Temple one day. They met a lame man begging for money. Peter told the lame man to look at John and him. The lame man did and expected some money. However Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”.
The religious minds used this as the proof that Peter must be poor. Is that the context of the verse? Are they right? Did Peter go to the Temple to declare to the public that he did not have any money? Of course, not. He was only making a statement that he did not have gold or silver at that time to give away. It was not meant to be a declaration of his commitment to the Vow Of Poverty. The Vow Of Poverty has not been invented yet. If a man admitted being poor, it does not mean that he must be poor for life. Yet, the religious people used this admission as a proof that this man was committed to be poor for life. This shows the level of perversion religious people can get.
Let us move on to reveal the hypocrisy of religion. If the religious churches truly believe Acts 3:6 to be a standard for every Christian, they must forbid their members bringing money out to the streets. Members of religious churches must not bring any money when they leave home if they believe Acts 3:6 to be applicable to them. Yet, I have never known of a single church that forbids its members from bringing money out. Is this not hypocrisy?
Now, let us review Peter’s words. In the same sentence, Peter not only said he had no silver or gold, he called forth healing to the lame man. Peter healed the lame man. If you are a religious person who believes Acts 3:6 is the standard for yourself, not only must you not bring any money out of your house, you must heal the lame people you see in the street. Have you done that?
It is obvious that while religious people do not hesitate to use Acts 3:6 to support their religious doctrines, they never truly believe in it, let alone obey it. This is another example of religious perversion to discredit the Gospel Of Jesus Christ.