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The timber rattlesnake... The copperhead... The cottonmouth... The eastern diamondback rattlesnake...

These snakes ^^^^ are used by the majority of snake handling churches. It's no coincidence these are the venomous snakes found in the Eastern part of the country.

If they truly believe that handling snakes is a way to worship God, they only need to handle King Cobras, Black Mambas and Inland Tiapans.

But here is what the Bible says about tempting God.

Deuteronomy ch. 6 (KJV)
16: Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted Him in Massah.

Matthew ch. 4
7: Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Luke ch. 4 (KJV)
12: And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

The Bible can be read from cover to cover..... and you will learn from it each time you read it.
However..... if you only take one or two verses and 'twist' & 'conform' it out of context to justify what you are doing, then that is wrong. The Bible is hard to read, but that is the beauty of it. God speaks to people when they read it. That is why thousands and thousands of preachers can use the same verses and have different messages each time. But it's up to you what you do with how you are spoken to.

It's hard to debate that somebody that handles snakes and they say 'God told me to' as their answer. I'm not saying that He didn't, but nowhere does the Bible say that handling snakes should be used to Praise Him or Worship Him.

As a matter of fact, a serpent is spoken about as the devil or evil in most Bible verses.
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