Monday, November 12, 2007

Real quick,

You know those times when you read Mark 16:18: "they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them", and then you say, "Really?", and then you look at the footnotes in your Bible and it says that this portion of Scripture was probably added later on... you know what I'm talking about? Now, I'm not going to answer the debate on the authority of Mark 16, but after reading this article, I'm pretty certain that Mark 16:18 doesn't include being okay after getting bit in the face by a rattlesnake. Apparently, when that happens, you die. (Sidenote: For all you Kentucky folk... this happened in your state.) peace.


Jay Scott said...

from what i could tell based off my 2 seconds of scanning the verses, its sort of like a gift. not everyone has the same gifts or exhibits them all the time. similar to someone all of a sudden being able to speak a foreign language to share with someone, but not really knowing that language, maybe?

either way, besides the fact that this was insanely stupid, and i would make fun of them on the hospital bed as well, were they playing with snakes for God's glory, or for their own and excitement?

M-Diddy-Mo said...

I read a book once called "Churches that Abuse"

and it listed several churches (or types of churches i should say) that used abuses of power and scripture out of context for personal gain. One of the most depressing things I've ever read.

One of the "weirder" ones was a charismatic church that had snakes in services.

Several people through the years had been bitten and a few deaths had occurred.

One of the more interesting stories was a church that encouraged "spiritual intimate bonding amongst the congregation" aka spouse swapping in front of the church, sometimes using snakes.

Long story short:

one couple did it in front of the church while a boa almost/did kill one of them. I don't remember exactly how it went. But Insane nonetheless.

chance n said...

What I want to see is some religious Chinchilla handling... those things bite you know. And to make it more exciting you could make sure they had rabies. mmm... Rabid 'chillas...