Eagle was correct. Coots died because he was Biblically ignorant.<quoted text>Coots died because, and ONLY because of his belief system which told him he was protected from harm by a mythical being he thought was real. But you are right, he died because he was ignorant of reality, ignorants caused by his belief in something unproven. He was ignorant of the fact that being protected from the deadly bite of a snake by a fictitious being was unproven. he relied on "faith" the belief in something without evidence, and this false belief killed him. More proof of how religion poisons everything.
Mark 16:17-18 doesn't contain any commands. It does not say,“Go out and handle snakes.” It says,“They will pick up snakes with their hands.” It's describing something that might happen, not commanding that something needs to happen.
If churches like the snake-handling ones REALLY paid attention to Scripture, they'd know that. They'd also read ALL of Mark 16:17-18 and drink deadly poison and heal the sick. They don't because they've cherry picked their way into an income.