Wow!! How did that happen?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bmc, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. blastoff99


    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA
    I'd like to say something, but it would likely get me in some trouble. I'll go re-read the OT rules and then get back to you. ("OT" standing for Off Topic, not Old Testament. And yes, I know that Mark is in the New Testament.)

    I *can* say this, however: :rolleyes:
  2. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    Forgive my ignorance on the subject but why would a pastor deal with snakes?

    I've never seen an imam or a rabi with snakes or whatever.:eyebrow::confused:
  3. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't know if this is the case here, but usually it's called a "pentecostal" church. I think the belief is that if you have a pure soul and a true connection with god, the snakes will sense it and not bite you.

    Didn't work out here though.
  4. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    It's sad he refused any medical attention.
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    I have to be careful with my Stambaugh.
  6. There's a sentence in the Bible that says something to the effect that if someone has enough faith, they can be bitten by poisonous snakes and not be harmed. Generally most folks don't take that literally, but the snake-handler sects take that verse to mean they MUST handle poisonous snakes to show how faithful they are.
  7. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    I guess the guy missing his left arm didn't have enough faith?

  8. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mark 16:18: ...they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

    Snake-handling sects take the verse literally as applying to all true believers. Most Pentecostals are not snake-handlers, it's just a few small churches in some corners of the country.
  9. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    "Religious loony moron predictably dies doing something completely stupid. World gives no ****"
  10. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Indeed, the passage is in the article about halfway through.
  11. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    Thanks for the information. That is indeed interesting.:)
  12. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    "When an ambulance arrived at the church at 8:30 p.m., they were told Coots had gone home, the Middlesboro Police Department said in a news release. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment.

    Emergency workers left about 9:10 p.m. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead from a venomous snake bite, police said."

    Darwinism at its finest. :rollno:
  13. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
  14. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    "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."
  15. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Snake: 1. Idiot: 0.

    Snake wins!

    Cue "we are the champions" by Queen.
  16. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Some people like apple pie, some like rattlesnake venom. Whatever melts yer butter. *shrug*
  17. divetone


    Jun 25, 2012
    Friend of mine came up with a name for his band inspired by such an event.
    " The Snake Bite Orphans"
  18. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    so what went wrong? was he lacking belief? did he misread 'serpents' as 'venomous serpents'? because he was bitten instead of drinking the deadly thing, i.e. poison?

    what will the true believers say?
  19. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    Early nominee for this years Darwin Award.