Did God really strike Herod Agrippa dead by abdominal worms?
The reader should now turn to Acts 12: 20-23 for a stunning story. This passage concerns King Herod Agrippa I who appeared before a great audience one day to make a speech. In verse 22 we are told that the people collectively shouted out that Herod was a god. Imagine the people gathered in a stadium with this king standing on a platform and their voices ringing out in unison, over and over, “He’s not a man, he’s a god…” Then Acts tells us that the Lord struck Herod with worms which proved to be quickly fatal for him. The reason for this divine act was the fact that Herod possessed enough scriptural knowledge to know that he wasn’t a god yet he accepted worship of people anyway. To the Bible critic this story is just more Bible fantasy. However, this story is remarkably confirmed by a historian of that time period whose name was Josephus. This historian was a Jew. He was not a Christian and so had no motive to make the New Testament look good. Josephus is highly respected as a historian