They Shall Take Up Serpents
"And these signs shall follow them that believe;or not.
On Monday morning (Minister John-ed.) O'Kain was riding his bike through a wooded area near the camp's health center when he saw a thick-as-your-wrist rattler, maybe 3 1/2 feet long, sunning itself in the middle of the path....
Good thinking Reverend O'Kain. You just pick up that snake, hop back on your bike, ride to the other side of the mountain, and let it go out of everybody's way. You're going to use your bare hands for that right?
He trapped it and was attempting to pick it up when it bit him near the nail on his right thumb. "It was more of a glancing blow with one fang, at first I couldn't even tell it broke the skin,"
A mere flesh wound.
Within a minute, his lips and face began to tingle.
Probably just the exertion from the ride.
Within three minutes, his arms and legs began to stiffen.
Lactic acid build up and muscle stiffness following an improper cool-down. Just need to walk it off...
In five minutes, his stomach began to cramp and he vomited.
Just something I ate.
In 10 minutes, his lungs and throat began to tighten and he had trouble breathing.
That's not good. Does anyone know how to "lay on hands"?
Emergency personnel gave him anti-venom medication. But because of his breathing problems, doctors had to also perform a tracheotomy. He was in and out of consciousness.
Well, at least he's not one of those guys who rejects science in favor of religious dogma.
First, I'm happy that Reverend O'Kain is all right.
Second, no matter how good your intentions, never pick up a 3 1/2 foot long rattlesnake.
Third, I take this story as strong evidence that The Bible was NOT meant to be taken literally.