First I give you this article,which talks about Pastor Gregory James Coots who was arrested for possession of several poisonous snakes that he used in religious services.
Handling snakes is practiced in a handful of fundamentalist churches across Appalachia, based on the interpretation of Bible verses saying true believers can take up serpents without being harmed. The practice is illegal in most states, including Kentucky.
Coots, 36, is pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, where a Tennessee woman died after being bitten by a rattlesnake during a service in 1995. Her husband died three years later when he was bitten by a snake in northeastern Alabama.
Did I read that right? I thought believers wouldn't be harmed by snakes. This is all very confusing.
Next, I would like to introduce you to a man that was trying to reenact the story of Daniel in the lions' den.
A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said on today. "The man shouted 'God will save me, if he exists', lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions," the official said.
"A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery."
The incident, yesterday evening when the zoo was packed with visitors, was the first of its kind at the attraction. Lions and tigers are kept in an "animal island" protected by thick concrete blocks.
I guess God doesn't exist? Or maybe he wasn't paying attention at that moment?
Finally, I would like to point your attention to Evangelist preacher Franck Kabele.
Franck Kabele, a 35 year old Evangelist preacher, told his congregation that, following a revelation, he could walk on water as Jesus did in the Bible but drowned soon after the water depth had exceeded his height.I am not sure exactly why this man had to die. It seems to me that one of the people watching should have been able to save him. I think that this is a story that is better tried in the winter.
"He told churchgoers he'd had a revelation that if he had enough faith, he could walk on water like Jesus. He took his congregation to the beach saying he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat," an eyewitness said.
"He walked into the water, which soon passed over his head and he never came back." His proof of mortality occurred off the local beach in the capital Libreville, Gabon, west Africa.
As I write this, I can almost hear my old pastor still standing in front of the congregation proclaiming that we shouldn't test God (Matthew 4:7).
Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'I never really truly understood why God couldn't be tested. I thought that in some aspects where a true believer was testing God in order to prove to other that he is real it might be a great way to win the lost. This passage like so many others does have a verse that contradicts it (I Thessalonians 5:21)
Test everything. Hold on to the good.Maybe those that tried to put these different parts of the bible were just following I Thessalonians 5:21. hatever their motives were I really hope that there aren't too many more that feel they can reenact the bible. It saddens me to see people cut their lives short.