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Charmed to death

The rattlesnake is a part of the vast diversity of animals and plants that survive the searing heat, arid climate, and flash floods of one of the most spectacular wildernesses left in the U.S. -- the Sonoran Desert. The National Geographic special features an amazing portrait of this complex American landscape. NBC Photo (NBC Photo)
The rattlesnake is a part of the vast diversity of animals and plants that survive the searing heat, arid climate, and flash floods of one of the most spectacular wildernesses left in the U.S. -- the Sonoran Desert. The National Geographic special features an amazing portrait of this complex American landscape. NBC Photo (NBC Photo)

The preacher who claimed his faith would keep him safe from snake bites has died – from a snake bite. Jamie Coots of Middlesboro, Kentucky, died hours after the rattlesnake he was handling at a church service bit him. He declined medical treatment – going home instead, where he died.

Coots took the Gospel of Mark passage literally which talks of handling serpents. However, some biblical scholars believe the section was added, not "inspired,"  as often happened with early scripture texts. Lots of tinkering of documents for various reasons; we see that phenomena when comparing various early texts of scripture.

Perhaps Coots would have been better served by literally following Matthew’s mandate to feed the hungry, visit the sick, clothe the naked – as long as he didn’t try to clothe them in snakeskin.

(S-R archive photo)




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