A rattlesnake killed a Pentecostal Preacher after he was bit in a ritual called "snake handling." I truly believe that God's word has been misunderstood, and people who tempt God will be punished.
According to Yahoo News, "A 'serpent-handling' West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before.Â Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event."
I guess that Wolford didn't heed God's warning when his father died of a snake bite. How sad that people don't realize God's word is often metaphorical. God is not telling people to play with a poisonous snake. He only means that God will protect believers, but obviously not people who flaunt their beliefs.
Get thee behind me, Satan. I know people who ran outside last night with 5 inch diameter hail falling, and they told me God would protect them. God also gave us a brain, and some of us should try using it!