Snake handling Pastor, Jamie Coots, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 of a snake bite after refusing treatment for the deadly bite.
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To give you the short of this story, Pastor Coots and his congregation believed that if you were clean and without sin then God would always save you and heal you based on a passage in the bible. In the Gospel of Mark it states “And these signs shall follow them that believe; 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.”
I hate to be the one that gives anyone a good ole slap in the face but here I go doing just that. Much of what is in the bible needs translation to be understood correctly. Some times bad things come out of someone not translating what they read in sacred scriptures or mistranslating what they read. This falls into the category of not translating at all what they read.
Serpents…snakes…is a symbol. Sometimes a snake translates into transformation and change. Snake also relates to the KUNDALINI. TAKE UP in the passage actually relates to raising up the Kundalini which also infers transformation as well. I would also like to point out that if you read the passage and take grammar into consideration it does not state that you will be healed of the snake bite and why wouldn’t it if it says you will be healed of any deadly thing you DRINK. Let me go ahead and also say for anyone that thinks this passage means you can drink poison and be healed that the passage does not translate into that meaning. Drink…cup…vessel…anything you take into your vessel such as any negative thing like how others negative energy can effect you will not hurt you and this is true. That is it is true once you become a pure vessel. This passage relates to what you can expect in exchange for your undying unconditional faith. But, I will tell you, if any members of the congregation even for a second worry about how they are going to pay their mortgage, how they are going to pay for college, or worry if they are going to run out of gas one of those days where they are really cutting it close (like I have soooo many times) then they do not have undying faith and hence I would recommend they step back and away from the box of snakes.