Everyday should be...

silvertipgrizz Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭

looked at through the lense of a new spectral of critical thinking.....lest we be caught up in past experiences overlooking new potential experiences we had not given focus to leaving us unprepared for the consequences...my 'quote of the day'

hence this story of consequence:



  • Fascinating! I knew that a lot of creatures can become used to handling but I never thought of "taming" a poisonous snake. Thanks for sharing this post and your quote of the day!

  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I held a (harmless) milk snake once, at a women's outdoor weekend. "Connie, the snake lady" brought several of her pet reptiles, and I decided to face my fear and touch one as she held it. Then I got brave and took the snake - for about 5 seconds - before passing it back to her.

    I'm happy with that.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,361 admin

    The "Signs" churches were a Pentecostal, Church Of God, Adventist and Primitive Baptist offshoot in the Appalachians. These were they "snake handlers". Being able to "take up snakes" was seen as a sign of holiness, beyond "speaking in tongues" and faith healing which were more mainstream Pentecostal practices. Eventually, those churches were outlawed. But, rumor has it that some still meet in secret. Many (probably most or all) of the charismatic leaders/preachers had "pet" rattlesnakes... snakes that got used to being handled. A fresh batch of wild snakes usually meant death for someone. Most were well meaning, good people who got the mistaken idea that ever word in the Bible applies to all people at all times, as opposed to some things being specific to specific people, places and times... which is kind of odd since they can't walk on water, strike a dry stone and bring forth water and touching their bones will not bring the dead back to life. Context is always important!