Tuesday, February 25, 2014

An Idiosyncratic Sociological Approach in the Stupidity of Handling Snakes in the Name of the Lord

Jamie Coots, Dead.
In the last 50,000 years since modern humans faced the soils of the planet; we are still a ritualistic, fearful species who can be dominated by fake promises of salvation and conquest of an evil that is not there, but rather that is more inherent of the egotistical human nature that keeps looking for the divine while it should focus more on the natural beauties of the cosmos.

But, in Middlesboro, KY the idea where dominating a primitive animal to the power of the prayer, is just ridicule to think about it. It's illogical unless the pastors know some snake handling as well lizard behaviors. Ritualism is just a bizarre concept when people analyze that their behaviors have no sense; at the end, any of the behaviors showed by humanity expose any sense; it's a negative but yet there is a point between common sense and being absorbed by your passions and lose your rationalism (if you were born with any.)

On February 15 of 2014 at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name when former main pastor Jamie Coots was holding a service and he was bitten by a rattlesnake, refusing medical assisting because of his beliefs based on the Bible; where on Mark 16: 17-18 "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues, 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."

What if the verse was regarded about any possible medical assistance, and not saying no.? Not being dumb enough, to say no to any assistance, because any miraculous healing is almost as real as Dorothy finding her back from Oz. How can people be so self-centered to not realize any danger.?  What to do all these irrational behaviors in the name of their God.?

It is almost impossible to find a concrete answer that doesn't borderline into fanaticism, where there are no promises of science but promises of faith; faith were more than an adjective, a word that becomes attached to the essence of the being because it's correlated within promises of salvation and contracts if you are an adherent you will be safe from the demons that surround your beliefs.

A tragedy as the one showed in The Full Gospel Tabernacle could be easily prevented, if the pastor would let the medical attention in; if maybe the divergent Pentecostal Holiness Movement died on the revivalist time on the 50's; if maybe people realize that in order to live to their beliefs, they don't need to risk their lives then maybe that tragedy as well as several others could be prevented.

The scenario, according to Cody Coots, Jamie Coots son; was that the church was having some financial withdraw due the lack of members, as he said - There wasn't too much energy in the services, and relatively snake-handling.- As well his father doing a series of ritual prayers and fasting in order to prepare for the revival services. But, Jamie Coots wasn't strange to tragedy as he was attacked in the past, surviving minor injuries but loosing the end of a finger on his right hand after being bitten by a rattlesnake circa 1998.

But the fatal blow send his father into a anaphylaxis shock that his family, friends and parishioners didn't recognize or didn't took in consideration based on their faith, even if the Middlesboro Hospital was less than a block away from Coots's house; the case gets complicated as one of the Coots's friends Cody Wynn blocked the paramedics way from entering the house. It could be interpreted as involuntary manslaughter as well Jamie Coots wife Linda signed the forms declining medical treatment.

The case ends in a strange note as Cody Coots heard the voice of God saying that his father was gone; as well Jamie Coots funeral where his son, spend the night on the cemetery handling snakes; could the divine signs and the reckless behavior could just mere signs of mania and hypomania to a psychotic disorder that is passed down within the XX chromosome.? Because it doesn't matter if you are a true believer as there is no absolute truth except that you are a human being no different from anyone else.

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