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I’m going to be travelling over the next few weeks. So this post is a brief one.

About a year and a half ago we wrote a post about Mack Wolford, a Pentecostal minister in West Virginia. Pastor Wolford believed Christians should handle poisonous snakes as a test of their faith. And if they were bitten, as he was several times, their faith should save them from death.

In his last service, the day after his 44th birthday, Pastor Wolford was bitten by a timber rattlesnake, refused medical treatment, and died a painful death that night.

Today I read about another pastor, Jamie Coots, in Kentucky. Last weekend he too was bitten by a poisonous snake, refused medical treatment, and died.

Apparently snake-handling is a common practice among some religious sects, though it is illegal in most of the United States. The practice is supposedly a test of faith, the belief being if your faith is strong enough God will protect you from being bitten—and if you are bitten he will save you death.

Pastor Coots reportedly once said publicly “If the Bible told me to jump out of an airplane, I would.”

While I admire his faith, I question his common sense. There are laws other than what we might perceive as divine law—such as the law of gravity.

This brings up the question, at least in my mind, “What is God?”

Is God a divine energy or entity who controls every aspect of our human lives? Or is God something other than that? Does God want us to play with poisonous snakes as a test of our faith in him/her? Does God ask us to jump out of airplanes without a parachute? Do we create our own realities, or does God do that for us?

In this video Abraham discusses those questions.


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