Snake-handling pastor dies of snakebite.

Reality show snake-handling preacher dies – of snakebite

I’m reminded of a line from a The Little Rascals film: ‘See what you get for being smart?’

I was going to say, at least he’s out of the gene pool, but he’d already bred.

The snake was an atheist.

Some prior threads on snake-handlers getting martyred by their snakes.

Why Don’t Pentacostal Snake Handlers Get Bitten More Often? started by Fotheringay-Phipps, 9/12/2013

Would a snake-handler be more electable as POTUS than an atheist?, started by Elendil’s Heir, 6/6/2012

Snake Handling Pastor Bitten; Dies-Why?, started by ralph124c, 5/31/2012.

This Christian’s take on it is “Darwin Award!”

I think God’s trying to tell these people something…(let’s face it, if I were a snake, I’d bite these morons too)

Yeah, and this Christian’s take on it is “God gave us brains so we wouldn’t do outrageously stupid things like handle poisonous snakes based on a couple of clearly metaphorical passages in the Bible and if you ignore the risk it’s your own fault and not God’s.”

God hates stupid people.

The snakes handlers believe the Bible tells them they won’t be harmed:

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. Mark 16, 17-18.

And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. Acts 28, 1-6

The Bible also has Jesus saying that we shouldn’t do things just to test God. The example is Satan telling Jesus to throw himself off a cliff, to test God saying that he would not even stub his toe. Sound familiar?

Seems someone already covered that before in the previous thread:

Venomous, doggone it!

Not the first, won’t be the last.

Well, if you ate one and died from it, then it would be poisonous. :slight_smile:

Thanks, I thought my DeLorean was acting up again.

Have any of them tried erecting a statue of a snake on a pole and looking at it when they get bitten?

When I saw this story on the news, my reaction was to talk to the TV (as I do) and say, “Ha ha! Dumbass.”

This Christian heard that in Nelson Muntz’s voice.

Dumbass? I’d even say a krait-in!

Well, he was probably wearing moccasins…

My first thought? No great loss to humanity. Any Christian who doesn’t think that God gave them the brains to avoid dangerous animals is just too stupid and doesn’t deserve to live here with the rest of us.

Now, now…let’s try and remamba to be nice…