THE FAKE GOSPEL



I WAS TOLD NEVER TO TALK ABOUT POLITICS, AND RELIGION, AND FRANKLY WITH A CONSCIENCE... I IGNORED THE THOUGHT...  JUST AS THE POLITICIANS AND FAKE EVANGELICALS  HAVE IGNORED TRUTH  

“Between Trump and these Prosperity Gospel Fakes and Fanatics, TRUTH may one day be removed from our language...”  thats if the country survives the TRUMP experience.

First, do not get the impression I am against any, belief, religion, ethnicity, faith, holy water, prancing,  reaching for the sky, getting overly emotional, bestiality with snakes, really weird untalented dancing, strange customs and charlatan gibberish languages spoken by those whose tongues should be removed, incense, oil changes and front end lobe alignments with God, all denominations, sects or sexual perversions.    

As long as you keep your actions, normal or insane beliefs  to yourself, I am keeping mine to myself.  When you step over a line, I get triggered with a common sense approach to lies and misconceptions of truth, and the complete corruption mis-corruption of the Bible, the basics of good belief, and not caring for fellow human beings.  Violate those principles and I am bound to pop up and expose you.

I am neither an atheist nor an agnostic.  I write what I see, I research, interview, track, chase down,  and I see a lot.  I am Jewish by birth, Bar Mitzvah-ed and in belief, somewhere between reform and conservative.  I practice my faith on my level.  I have two caveats.  First, what makes one a Person of faith exactly?  And second...  for many questions, a few good answers.

1️⃣   It depends.  If we define it simplistically: “ A person of faith is one who is guided by a set of rules and ideals that supposedly creates a path of ultimate righteousness in their daily walks in life”.   It is NOT their personal guarantee to you of their beliefs which they are implying.  

About 99% of it is bullshit.  I predict and believe those telling you they are a person of faith missed the point.  It’s their deeds, not their mouth that makes them a person of faith.  I trust them not, they are the worst.  I have been known to refer to them as being in a state of self-jerkification.  


2️⃣   My other passion is a quest for answers with truth.  The political and pastoral spinners would put anyone to shame in the ability to change the subject, not answer the questions due to being uninformed, give a false answer, or claim ignorance.   I am a journalist, photographer, writer and with everyday of my life I am learning even more in the arts, sciences, religions, and psyche of the world.  
You never stop learning, whether a natural interest or curiosity, it will take you on paths to amazing places.  I am most amazed by the abilities of our Politicians and Pastors to lie just about every time a camera or videographer shows up.  It
’s a practice that takes months and years to perfect.  It takes seconds for me to know since I knew the answer before I asked the question.


✟ It’s getting more confusing every day, the world is changing and not for the better.  I believe I have been exposed to understanding of the various faiths of the world, a lot more than the average person who occasionally reminds himself of what to do on Sunday and then play golf.  Many of those of us who pray to the Golf God know he can be very unfair at times.  But more and more religion is being used as the excuse for everything thats bad.

✟ But as humanoids, we are human, frail sometimes moral and easily converted, as it will happen down the road other beliefs are imposed, suggested, tried, or have found their path to your heart.  Your guilt, their solution, you fall prey.  For those who believe in TV Ministries, you are termed Bablically Declined, very lazy, insecure and unable to commune with those in your own real church with activities to help others in your community, and your soul.   

✟ If you believe the TV thats you will be saved by some mortal BS flinger professing a secret knowledge or friendship with Christ and or God, ( like having Gods cellphone number) you are suffering from a lack of common sense and have fallen to the false profit.  Go back and read the Ten Commandments 

✟ For those who do things for the good, help the poor, feed the starving and follow Mathews Beatitudes, keep it in the right perspective, May God Bless You. I never would in any way shape or form denigrate anyone based on their true religious beliefs, their birthright, ethnicity, creed, race, profile, or political belief as long as their belief doesn’t attack, harm, injure, or belittle other people. 

✟ I limit my caustic, sadistic, sarcastic abusive touch to those who are thieves, crooks, the false prophets, fake news, dangerous fringe groups and that kind of sums up fake religions and politicians as they seem to run in similar circles in cesspools of lies and charades. 

✟ They are fair game as they have gone over the line, and utilized or established a practice of deceit and morally corrupt endeavors and crookedness. Here is a sample listing and explanations of how they will cause the great revelations affronting the United States

✟  THE BOOKS OF RELIGION - THE TRUE ONE?


THE BASIS FOR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS HAD THEIR ROOTS IN PAGANISM
The humanoid inhabitants of the earth are a worldwide society of people who follow some really strange customs which cross all faiths with doctrine usually found adapted from some form of the “ written word’”.   

Nevertheless all the works we base religion on, “ The written word” were created, altered, updated, changed, falsified, screwed with, corrected, abridged, unabridged, mis-interpreted and recreated by MAN to suit someone or somethings false doctrine usually a Pope or other Church leader.   

The Dead Sea Scrolls, even The Quran have also been subject to interpretation because of the translations, one word, one symbol can change the entire meaning of a sentence. Truth sometimes  many times takes a back seat,  If you can’t handle truth, be gone with thee.  The King James Version has been abridged,  expressed as radical financial improvements by no less than thirteen Popes and ISIS has their own version of the Muslim faith.

Just like when you grew up, you found out, "There was no Easter Bunny".  There were only the temporary pets  (Cute Bunnies and Innocent Chicks) that died shortly after being brought home to reinforce some ridiculous custom.   The law today protects these innocent creatures from the friggen idiots who came up with the practice.

Easter reveals rich associations between early Christians and the practices of the pagan religions.  The excellent but quasi-ficticious book and movie 'The Da Vinci Code' is all about this transition. Traditions practiced today evolve from pagan symbols, from the ancient goddess Ishtar.  Which leads us to Easter.  

Easter, the most important of the Christian holidays, celebrates the Christ resurrection which occurred  at the time of the vernal equinox, historically a time of pagan celebration. It just “happens” to coincide with the arrival of spring.  Magic!  Copycat bullshit!

Easter is named for a Saxon goddess who was known by the names of Oestre or Eastre, and in Germany by the name of Ostara.  She is a goddess of the dawn and the spring, and her name derives from words for dawn, the shining light arising from the East.  

Our words for the "female hormone" estrogen derives from her name.

  Ostara was, of course, a fertility goddess. Bringing in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox.

✟  JESUS -  HIRED AS THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE ELECTRIC COMPANY

Christmas lights are a conspiracy of the electric company to raise the electric bills at the end of the forth quarter so the executives of the company can get their end of year bonuses.  Really, decorating ones house, in many cases trying to outdo the neighbors, is surely a sign of religious reverence.  My close friends house’s real people with real heart have a simple light in the window and the money and time is spent feeding and helping the poor.

Lets face it, building landing zones and glide slopes for Santa makes little or no sense for two weeks when the rest of year you have the worst lawn on the block, dirtiest garbage cans laying at the curb and five cars strewn all over the grass and never spent a minute helping your neighbors or Charities.  

NOTE: Heres a cute little number to outdo the neighbors...  Only available from Hammacher Schlemmer, this is the fiber optic Christmas tree that creates a dancing cascade of colors along its branches. Only $499.00

Lets take all that electrical wire, the led’s, blow up Santa’s, and reindeer, volunteer and spend that money on the poor, help paint a seniors home in need, even help those housing for the needy, medical care, and a little food for the poorest in our country who have risen in numbers to 21% who celebrate their next meal as a Godsend.
Then I would say religion was doing its job.  Right now much is a joke with millions of dollars being siphoned off by the Prophiteers, the TV preachers, and all the stores selling those lights.

✟  ITS A RETAIL THINGY

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as both a religious and cultural celebration around the world.  
NOTE:  They don’t even know when Jesus was born, around the early to mid fourth century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which, in the Gregorian calendar, currently corresponds to January 7, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany.  Confused?  

I once said when my family gets together if there were six wise men at the table there would be at least eight opinions. If you asked ten Christian clergy men of all the sects, when was Jesus born, you would get thirteen answers. 

✟  GIFT GIVING

Popular modern customs include gift giving, to children, who now submit lists for the parents, in duplicate, both on paper and to their cell phones, and the receipt of useless items of ugly clothing, and the dreaded fruit cake made with dried fruit, the number one re-gifted item of all time.  Fruit cake makes me nauseous and the first time I reacted and I actually.... 

The shinning lights of the season.  Last year, I was proud, of some wonderful kids who gave some of their gifts to needy children and really exemplify the meaning of the holiday.
 

✟ TREE DESTRUCTION 

Symbols like wreaths, cards , caroling and music piped in ad nauseam so much you turn off the music.  All for naught because, the tiny trees just starting life, executed  and will be lying at the curb somewhere around January 5th and making the  garbage men work twice as hard.  I have never understood the meaning of the Christmas tree and many of our best bullshitters have written beautiful dialogs about its importance.  Probably paid for and supported by those who grow Christmas trees. I have heard all the warm stories, it brings families together, share the warmth, etc.

Getting real, we are in a state of earthly warming,  air to cO2 proportion and pollution. We are stinking up the earth and soon it will affect our health and living conditions.  So we cut down young trees, and put them up in our houses or on the  lawn and by January 5th place dump them at the curb to be picked up and burned adding nothing good to the pollution equation, pine trees burning with a lot of carbon release.

As a race I ask “ Are we that stupid, yes obviously”.  The deserts of Israel are not what one terms a fertile environment but in Israel they developed processes and plant trees to grow food, sustenance and fresh air.  Israel trains more countries in biological sustenance and advancements for positive results than anyone in the world.

We grow a tree only to burn it thirty five days later...


✟  CATHOLIC VS. PROTESTANT
Catholics were responsible for “ creatively” writing the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church claims it doesn’t  Interpret” the Bible, they explain it.  ( Now thats Holy Shit I didn’t know about)

I suppose rewriting the bible thirteen times by different Popes help explain it.   It explained how money comes in...to buy paintings, fancy churches, hide the perverts and child molesters, and once again the poor are on the short end of the stick, staff or fancy gold-laden sticks the priests use. 

The Catholics make it clear the Protestants can only “ Interpret”, because they are not the author guided by the Holy Spirit, and therefore, can only guess at the possible meaning of a chapter, passage or phrase, just as anyone can only guess at any author’s intentions in any other book.   

As the author, the Catholic Church is the only proper authority to consult in matters pertaining to the Bible". The original Douay Version, which is the foundation on which nearly all English Catholic versions are still based, owed its existence to the “ Religious controversies of the sixteenth century”.  

Many Protestant versions of the Scriptures had been issued and were used largely by the Reformers for polemical purposes. The renderings of some of the texts showed evident signs of controversial bias, and it became of the first importance for the English Catholics of the day to be furnished with a translation of their own, on the accuracy of which they could depend and to which they could appeal in the course of argument.     

Modern day Catholics and Protestants in their battle in Ireland are only a vestige of what has been going on for years. Every few months a bomb goes off  in Northern Ireland.  Basically, no different, and the product produced was bloodshed. Both sides believing in Christ and thinking their Christ was better than the other guys Christ. vSo they kill each other to prove a point as to whose Christ was better.  When the real Christ stands up and throws lightening at some of these religious retards and  destroys them, then I will become a new believer.


ISLAM - MORE DEFINITIVE FACTS and the QURAN
About the same time in hundreds of years another version of religion developed.  Islam is the religion articulated by the Qur’an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God and by the Prophet of Islam Muhammad’s teachings and normative example. 

Islam literally means "submission to God.  The words Muslim, the word for an adherent of Islam, and Islam are grammatical derivatives of the Arabic verb meaning "surrender, submit" 

Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable and that the purpose of life is to worship God. They regard their religion as the completed and universal version of a primordial, monotheistic faith revealed at many times and places before, including, notably, to the prophets Abraham, Moses and Jesus. 

Islamic tradition holds that previous messages and revelations have been changed and distorted over time.  Religious practices include the Five Pillars of Islam, which are five obligatory acts of worship. Islamic law touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, encompassing everything from banking and warfare to welfare and the environment.

The majority of Muslims belong to one of two sub-denominations, the Sunni and the Shi’a.  They hate each other, each claiming they are the true worthy believers.  And probably never will assimilate or live side by side unless one or the other is eliminated.  Blood oath and retribution have fueled this fire for centuries.

ENTER THE EXTREMISTS
The problem today is the increasing "Islamophobia" or "tagging'.   Grouping people by those who cannot differentiate between a peace loving Muslim, the 2nd largest religious population in the world and the extremist fundamentalist orders like the Taliban, AL Qaeda or ISIL, ISIS.

The bad boys group as “ Daesh” a seemingly pejorative term that is based on an acronym formed from the letters of the name in Arabic.  In their world referring to them as Daesh will probably get your head cut off.  


The Taliban sees law, the Shari'ah, as Gods will and not subjective to interpretation. Your believing peace loving Muslim, takes a literal interpretation of the Qur'an and the extremist is an absolution of that law.  No different with the Sunni and the Shi'a.  And the results are the same. 

The warped aspect of the belief leads to what is normal today. Suicide bombers, death, murder, and maiming.   It is almost impossible to explain the motivation of the extremist. For if one is a believer of Islam, he is not capable of these things.  The extremist shows little understanding of the meaning of the spirit Islam brings.  

There are those who believe some Christian Fundamentalist groups are as strict in their teachings. You see the law stops them from what is really possible.  Abuse, carnal relations, pedophilia, and even the administration of proper medical aid seem to have no bearing on the color of the cassock.  Nuts are nuts,  no matter what the belief.

The extremists and barbarians under Islamic law treat women are mere property,  forced to obey under the Taliban,  and ISIS or ISIL , and one cannot begin to reflect the depth of female deprivations and sufferings. They treat the women worse than they treat animals.  While they declare the keeping of caged birds and animals illegal, they imprison their women within the four walls of their own houses. 

Women have no importance in their eyes unless they are occupied producing children, satisfying male sexual needs or attending to the drudgery of daily housework.  Common in that part of the world is the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision, and is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. 

Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade, with or without anesthesia  FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and found elsewhere in Asia, the Middle East, and among diaspora communities around the world. 

It is conducted from days after birth to puberty and beyond; in half the countries for which national figures are available, most girls are cut before the age of five.  

✟  HOLLYWOOD - THE BIG SCREEN BIBLE

And the Bible stories come alive by Hollywood Standards. That means totally inaccurate in some cases.  I often recall the scene where Charlton Heston, playing a gray haired MOSES, parting the Red Sea, and in his deep bass voice bellowing  “Let my people go”  just after he broke the main plumbing lines and flooded their homes and basements, polluted the water, and encouraged the roaches and frogs to proliferate.  

And in the same movie, Yul Brynner, playing RAMSES, with that stare, his three quarter magnificent profile quoting the memorable line “ So it shall be written, so it shall be done”.  
And the court scribe yelled back  “Hold that thought chief, I just ran out of ink and got to find a fresh squid”.

And how can you forget the beautiful Delilah (Hedy Lamar stroking the Black Olive Oil laden hair of handsome Samson (Victor Mature)  and screaming “ Yuck, you smell like a day old salad, don’t you have hair spray”?

Acts not parables, Deeds not showmanship and fact, not fiction. Thats the lesson the bible should be teaching.


✟   WHAT FLAVOR CHURCH DO YOU HAVE OWNERSHIP IN
Churches come in many flavors, and varieties.  Think if one value in a specific church was real, and salvation would come from that specific church,  the other 4998 are fakes.

Church, It is like an amusement park, you go on the rides you like. Some wade through the water, some sprinkle water, the ever popular Baptismal water boarding, and the do-it-yourself bathtub drowning.  

Then we have community singing and weird really strange dancing,  snake handling, adoration of rats and mice, self-flagellation and whipping, tambourine banging, smoke and incense, beyond normalcy prayer sessions, group admonitions, screaming,  hands thrust to the heavens, all sorts of weird things...

For entertainment we have choral groups, junior choral groups, youth groups, senior singing group, responsive reading, bad choreography, foaming at the mouth, or glee clubbing.  

Since most church doctrine comes from stories past down and altered throughout the ages, no one can claim they know or attended any of these Biblical stories and events, thus the truth remains a rumor no matter how you twist it.  The competition for the right to be first has caused more deaths in the history of the world than any other reason.  The most predominant are called Crusades.  

If you took the time to study the Crusades you would be surprised at what you would find.  Understand the two sides of  grunts or foot soldiers who basically killed and died for nothing.  Their motivation on both sides were based on the next world.  Death through a divine act was good.   

The Saracens got the seventy-two Vestal Virgins, and the large size Viagra.  The Christians got an E-Ticket to skip purgatory and go directly to Heaven with streets of gold and great wine. 

Crusades were expeditions undertaken, for a 120 years by those who vowed to deliver the Holy Places from Mohammedan or Muslim tyranny.  

During this period the bad guys were referred to as the “Saracens”. The good guys, the CRUSADERS gets it's name, from the cross made of cloth and blessed by the Pope and worn by the Christian combatants.

Basically the term “Crusades” extends  to include all wars against the Saracens, Muslims Mohammedans, Goths, Pagans, Heretics, Jews,  and those who had been excommunicated.  Also Spaniards against the Moors.  Other Crusades were  against the Prussians, Lithuanians, extermination of the Albigensian heresy.

he crusade corresponds to a political conception which was realized in Christianity only from the eleventh to the fifteenth century; Four hundred years. This proclamation sees all peoples and sovereigns under the direction of the Popes.  

The Crusader was also granted privileges, such as exemption from civil jurisdiction, inviolability of persons or lands, etc. Of all these skirmishes involving hundreds of thousands of troops in the name of Christendom,  the most important were the Eastern Crusades.  


✟   CHRISTIAN CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY - NOT SO INNOCENT

We often think of Christianity as being the savior of mankind. This was not always true.  In fact more people, millions upon millions have died at the hands of the religious leaders in all times.  We have had inquisitions, crusades, and wars all in the name of religion. We have killed some of the noblest and intelligent men of all time in the name of a Christian God.  We have fought Christian Catholics against Christian Protestants, Christians against Muslims,  Against Jews and the list goes on and on.


JAN HUS (1369 – 6 JULY 1415) 

Often referred to in English as John Hus or John Huss, was a Czech priest, philosopher, reformer, and master at Charles University in Prague. Hus is considered the first Church reformer, as he lived before Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli.  He was a key predecessor to the Protestant movement of the sixteenth century, and his teachings had a strong influence on the states of Europe, most immediately in the approval of a reformist Bohemian religious denomination, and, more than a century later, on Martin Luther.  Burnt at the stake.


GIROLAMO SAVONAROLA, 1452-1498

The Italian religious and political reformer, entered the Dominican order at Bologna. In a convent at Brescia his zeal won attention, and in 1489 he was recalled to Florence. His second appearance in the pulpit of San Marco -- on the sinfulness and apostasy of the time -- was a great popular triumph, and by some he was hailed as an inspired prophet.

His gift of prophecy led to his being cited in 1495 to answer a charge of heresy at Rome and on his failing to appear he was forbidden to preach. In 1497 came a sentence of excommunication from Rome;  He was brought to trial for falsely claiming to have seen visions, and uttered prophecies, for religious error, and for sedition.  On May 23, 1498, this extraordinary man and two Dominican disciples were hanged and burned, still professing their adherence to the Church.


GALILEO GALILEI  15 FEB.1564 - 8 JAN.1642

Was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope, incredible astronomical observations and support for Copernican’s theory.  

That the sun is the center of the Universe and not the earth.  Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy, modern physics", and "the Father of Modern Science".

His contributions include the confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.

Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated him and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point. He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest

It was while Galileo was under house arrest that he wrote one of his finest works, Two New Sciences, in which he summarized the work he had done some forty years earlier, on the two sciences now called kinematics and strength of materials.

MICHAEL SERVETUS  29 SEPT 1509 OR 1511 – 27 OCT 1553
Was a Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer, and Renaissance humanist. He was the first European to correctly describe the function of pulmonary circulation. He was a polymath versed in many sciences: mathematics, astronomy and meteorology, geography, human anatomy, medicine and pharmacology, as well as jurisprudence, translation, poetry and the scholarly study of the Bible in its original languages. 

He is renowned in the history of several of these fields, particularly medicine and theology.  When Calvin requested that Servetus be executed by decapitation as a traitor rather than by fire as a heretic, The Geneva Council refused his request. On 27 October 1553 Servetus was burned at the stake just outside Geneva with what was believed to be the last copy of his book chained to his leg. Historians record his last words as: "Jesus, Son of the Eternal God, have mercy on me.


✟✟✟✟  STUPIDITY - GOOD BOOKS - BANNED BY THE TEXAS SCHOOL BOARD

Religion tries to alter learning.  Ignore the books banned by the Texas Library School Board, also known as the Burn in Hell Fundamentalists... the extremely ignorant church ladies and a man or two who are fundamentally so incorrect.  And all on the board from one church were bused in volume to an unannounced meeting to determine the books in school libraries that are allowed in Texas.  But it has screwed up learning by taking classics of literature and not made them Christian enough.  

The worst part of this stupidity are the states who also do not have School Library Boards who said, “ What’s good for Texas is good for us”.  And they adopted Texas rules.  Deducting the 17 million dollars Trump cut from education, we are killing our children with more ignorance from ignorant people.   Politics do not belong in school or churches.  What we read , see and question, is protected by the first amendment, it’s called Freedom of Speech.  

Here are the Books those Christians banned from school libraries. they also banned Thomas Jefferson for his views on Separation of Church and State.

Native Son   *  Of Mice and Men  *   The Pentagon Papers  *   Sophie’s Choice  *   Slaughterhouse - Five *  Ulysses     
To Kill a Mockingbird    *   The Color Purple   *  Death of a Salesman Howl  *   The Catcher in the Rye...
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire    *   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   *  James and the Giant Peach
Brave New World   *  Lord of the Flies  *   Gone With the Wind  *   and others...

Your kid will be exposed to ADAM and EVE and a SNAKE. The big bang theory, scientifically disproven.   Instead of the proven theory that Amino Acids triggered by water vapor from asteroids landing on the molten mass called earth containing a catalyst that created the first cells on earth.  You are building an idiot by allowing this as the thinking which it is not and its time the states got their own book boards.  This is a crime against the first amendment. The freedom of speech.

Potter did other strange stuff. Thats called fantasy.  I find that pretty amazing since the loyal readers of the Texas Taliban often call the Potter books blasphemy and out of the box.  But the Bible has a lot of of stories of begetting, beheading, all kinds of sex, incest, murder, wars, and plagues... brothers killing brothers, weird sacrifices, nothing as nice as you might think.  Dump the Texan Statute in your state school system.

HITLER BANNED A LOT OF BOOKS TOO.


✟✟✟✟   STUPIDITY - THE FUNDAMENTAL CHURCH of SNAKES 

Truthfully I love snakes, Black Racers and Corn snakes here in Florida, they keep the fruit rats in check very well thank you.  

Other aggressors of vermin are variants of poisonous Rattlers, include the Southern Copperhead,  The Highland Moccasin,  Florida Cottonmouth, The Water Moccasin, Eastern Diamondback, Timber Rattlesnake (Photo), Canebrake Rattlesnake, Dusky Pigmy, Pigmy Rattler, Ground Rattler, Coral Snakes, and Boas, and huge (20ft) Anacondas on occasion keep people in check.  We rescue the Racers and Corn snakes and they have a nice place in our garden and no fruit rats.  

Snake handling is a religious ritual, totally friggen stupid and dangerous in a small number of very fundamentalist ignorant dumbass Christian churches in the US usually characterized as rural and Pentecostal, the most popular the Church of God with Signs Following.   Again a Church with constituents who are weak and a little stupid, severely handicapped by bullshit.   

"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." (Mark 16:18) 

"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)  

Obviously Mark and Luke knew nothing about poisonous snakes.  If you are not a true believer,  its possible the snake is having a bad day, and  you might have a problem, it could backfire... 

JUNE 21, 2012 (CNN)
Mack Wolford, 44, the Dean of the Pentecostal serpent handlers in Appalachia, was laid to rest Saturday at a low-key service at his West Virginia church a week after succumbing to a snake bite that made headlines across the nation.  Note:  History repeats itself, Wolford’s own dad was a serpent handler who died from a snake bite in 1983.  

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 (CNN)
A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died -- of a snakebite.  Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middlesboro police said.  The practice is illegal in most states, but still goes on, primarily in the rural south dumbass community. 

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