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Old 05-30-2012, 03:55 PM
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The same thing killed his father years ago.

A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before.
This is what guides these religious snake-handlers to do what they do...

Snake-handlers point to scripture as evidence that God calls them to engage in such a practice to show their faith in him. Mark 16: 17-18 reads, "And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
'Serpent-Handling' West Virginia Pastor Dies From Snake Bite - ABC News
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:03 PM
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Well then. There ya go!
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:12 PM
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I have to say that I just shake my head and giggle just a little every time I hear one of these stories. I honestly feel no sympathy for people who bring things like this upon themselves via their own stupidity.

There was a similar story some 15 years ago about one of these NewAge twinkie "my grandmother was a Cherokee princess" wannabe types who adopted his own convoluted version of native beliefs. He died from a rattlesnake bite. Apparently, he believed because he had "medicine" he could follow "brother rattlesnake" around to "learn from him." When the snake went into it's den, this fool stuck his face in there. Yep, the snake bit him right in that prying "spirtchul" face. I just imagine that moment of horrifying self-realization that he was indeed a fool.

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:27 PM
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Thinning the herd.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:30 PM
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Default Seek the Evil™ and yee shall have the chance to repent before thuh Lord....

Wait now.... I'm sure there's some Evil™ scy-yunss here, innitt?......................................

Hope he enjoys dem Pearly Gates, what with toxic kidney syndrome an' all...
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:42 PM
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This pastor should have read 1 Cor. 10:9 & then 1 Cor. 13:8. The miraculous gifts of the Spirit were for the original apostles only.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:43 PM
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Some of the saner holy roller churches refrigerate the snakes before the service.

Interestingly enough (to me at least), that passage doesn't appear in most modern translations of the Bible, or if it does, there is a note saying that it is not found in the earliest and best manuscripts of Mark's gospel. Apparently it seems to have been tacked onto the end of it fairly recently, in the last few centuries.

Here's the note from the NIV translation:

................. Mark 16:8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.[a]

[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.]

9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Mark 16:8 Some manuscripts have the following ending between verses 8 and 9, and one manuscript has it after verse 8 (omitting verses 9-20): Then they quickly reported all these instructions to those around Peter. After this, Jesus himself also sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Amen.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:58 PM
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Wikipedia has a write-up on "Snake handling."

In addition to Mark, they mention this in Luke as another piece of supporting scripture.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)
Lots of practitioners have been bitten and killed by rattlesnakes. I wonder what he thought about his father's death?

Snake handling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:31 PM
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Natural selection at it's finest!
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:47 PM
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He may be up for a Darwin award...

CENTURY: The Darwin Awards 2012

Guy patienly waits for elevator and gets on said elevator..flv - YouTube
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