Let me give you a simple example. Ancients described events in their own language and interpretation and not in ours, thus there appear several instances in the OT in which God is said to kill somebody directly, e.g.
2SA 6:3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
2SA 6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
2SA 6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
2SA 6:6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
2SA 6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
Now, there are two basic interpretations one could arrive at reading this:
Again those people wrote in their language, not ours. Static electricity was part of several antique means of trying to communicate with the spirit world. The pyramids themselves were gigantic lightning rods with golden tips which glowed permanently; the word "pyramid" itself is a Greek word, the root part of which is the same "pyr" (fire) which we oberve in words like "pyrotechnics" or "pyromania".