“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Sunday, March 9, 2014

How strong is your faith?

Get ready for the big revival
Cmon everybody get in the van
There's a little church on Eagle Mountain
Its called the Blood of the Blessed Lamb

If your faith ain't strong enough child you might wind up dead
Praise the Lord and pass me a copperhead

Reverend Jones, he struts and dances
While the guitar's playin' Amazing Grace
He testifies in tongues of fire
With tears of joy runnin' down his face

He ain't sure and we ain't sure exactly what he said
But praise the Lord and pass me a copperhead

You won't find many hypocrites
Thatll take a chance on gettin' bit
But a true believer can survive
Rattlesnakes and cyanide, look out!

When you hold that deadly viper
Keep the Holy Spirit in your mind
Do not lose your concentration
Or that serpent's surely bound to strike

Either way you won't forget the first time that you said
Praise the Lord and pass me a copperhead, ooh, that's right
Praise the Lord and pass me a copperhead! That's right
I'll take that one right there


  1. the doofus that was doing this on his reality show just died recently from a bite.

    I've always thought it would be far more believable if they tried this with cobras, black mambas, golden lancers, coral snsked, sidewinders, and asps.

    1. I had heard something about somebody on a reality show getting bit. This is an old, old version of Christianity by American standards. It's still strong in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and West Virginia. I'd be afraid to be in a church like that because if somebody got bit, they might fling all the snakes out into the congregation. The people that do this are very old testament. They are lex talionis people and nobody messes with them if they have any sense.

      Timber rattlers and copperheads can screw up your dope. I have been bitten twice, once on the arm which was a dry bite by a small snake. No big deal. Once on the leg by a damn big snake, who got his fangs tangled up in my jeans and I had to kick him off me. That was a bad experience. I kill poisonous snakes on my land, but I let the nonpoisonous be.

  2. I never have understood how they get to the connection between snakes and faith but too each their own. I would say when the Liberal gay community and Feminist scream for more Muslim immigrants and tolerance they are kinda doing the same thing as grabbing snakes :)

    1. Their belief system is based on a misunderstanding of Mark 16:17-18

    2. I always figured it was something to do with God protecting you from the devil if your faith was strong enough. The snake is a familiar of Satan in some local belief systems. I'll have to check out that bible verse.

    3. Mark 16:17-18
      King James Version (KJV)
      17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

      18 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.

    4. I've read the bible through stem to stern twice, and I have no recollection of that at all. Strange.

    5. Harry, the 4 Gospels .... Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John run very much parallel.

      In the book of Luke, chapter 24:49 there is a clue. This is the same conversation as in Mark 16. He tells his Apostles to go to Jerusalem and wait where they would soon be embued with "power" aka filled with the Holy Spirit.

      This is a reference to the Day of Pentecost where the story picks up in Acts chapters 1&2.

      The power he mentioned in Luke 24:49 is the power aka the abilities he mentioned in Mark 16:17-18.

    6. I wish I had some powers. I have a long list of people who would suddenly turn into toads.

      Trying to keep up with all the places the bible ties in would require quite an intellect. I get a headache just working through the old testment as a "read"

    7. I'm not sure what else to say other than that a lot people focus on just a few passages which if one focused only on Mark 16:17-18 it would really sound cool. Whereas if that same person studied all scriptures relating to these verses as I laid ou heret, he would realize the whole thing happened some 2000 years ago and that playing with snakes now is merely a good way to get one's self killed.

  3. Nope. No way. Not happening in my world. Snakes are what nightmares are made of.

    1. Come on Vicki, I hear there's an opening for a snake handler on a reality show right now. : - )

    2. No, no, no. That's OK. I'm happy with retirement and my little apartment. No snakes here!

  4. To me this makes as much sense as them trying to walk on water and perhaps that might have a better outcome. The one's that pick and chose are a bit unsettling to me.

    1. I would be a kitten handler. I would be ok with picking up kittens and running the risk of being scratched. Snakes are not happening for me.

    2. Screw that the last time my wife tried being a feral kitten handler it cost us a hundred bucks co-pay. Them little furry things are mean.

    3. Well, I will take up ferrets then.

  5. Ditto that...I worked for a vet while in high school, I was getting bit by cats all the time. Hate cats! The scourge of humanity! --Troy

    1. I like cats. Good job that I do as so many of them have chosen to live up on the mountain with me. ;-)

  6. I have heard of this "snake handling", never really seen any pictures of it. I must say that I would be yelling too if I had a handful of say Taipans or Death Adders!!

    Not sure what the family would say about these goings on, going back to the 19th century I come from Salvation Army/Methodist stock.