jeepguySD saidFrom the King James Bible:
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.
It is, in this case, quite literally a test of faith. It is no surprise that science won and faith lost. Poorly informed decisions have consequences -- unfortunately, sometimes those consequences are deadly. Yet, I'm guessing that the pastor and his congregation have already found ways to rationalize this man's death without jeopardizing their dogma.
Knowledge and reason are power to protect one's self from this sort of lunacy.
I wonder how Mr. Brock will be eulogized?
The King James Bible is not clear if taking up serpents ALLOWS them to drink any deadly thing, or if that's a separate ability they have.
Are there any sects that have interpreted the New Testament to mean that true believers can drink any poisons harmlessly? That would be interesting. How come these demonstrations of faith are limited to snakes, but not poisons?
Here is one commentary about handling snakes:http://www.gotquestions.org/snake-handling.html
From the link:
"First, the practice of handling snakes for the purpose of “proving” one’s faith (or proving God’s protection) is a violation of God’s command not to put Him to the test: “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’”
(Matthew 4:7; cf. Deuteronomy 6:16). Trying to force God’s hand by requiring that He perform an obvious miracle is more than foolish; it is sinful. To test God’s presence and power by purposely placing oneself in an unsafe situation is expressly forbidden in Scripture. Daniel did not seek out the lions, but when he found himself surrounded by them, through no fault of his own, he found God was there. Likewise, we trust God in dangerous situations, but we never purposely seek out danger.
"Second, it is important to remember that there are serious questions regarding whether verses 9–20 of Mark 16 belong in the Bible. The evidence suggests that these verses were not originally part of the Gospel of Mark. Some of the oldest and most reliable Greek manuscripts do not contain verses 9–20. Other manuscripts contain verses 9–20 but set them apart from the rest of the Gospel. The most likely explanation is that Mark 16:9–20 is an interpolation. As a result, it is unwise to use anything from Mark 16:9–20 as the sole basis for any doctrine or practice. Snake handling is one such example of a dubious concept drawn from Mark 16:9–20. For more information, please see our article “Should Mark 16:9–20 be in the Bible?”"