Tuesday

"Nakes" & Whispers

fear of snakes, fall of man, the serpent
“Bears, snakes or tigers--Which is the scariest?” I asked my three-year-old granddaughter. 

“Nakes.”

Research shows that most adults, children, babies, and even some animals have a predisposed fear of these slithering reptiles. No bad experience is necessary. 

In the U.S. bee bites and lightening cause more deaths than snake bites, yet snakes are more likely to cause irrational fear.

I have a sneaking suspicion that snakes hold a special place in our psyche because they represent our first enemy. The serpent's chat with Eve in Genesis 3 changed the course of human history. 

His words were deadly venom and the beginning of  our “enmity” (deep-seated hatred) of snakes described in Genesis 3:15. I believe our "irrational" fear of snakes is actually a whisper, a clue left on our conscience by a loving God who wants us to realize our need for a Savior.*

* Obviously, there are exceptions...some people enjoy snakes. This doesn't mean they are less spiritual. But they are exceptions to the general attitude toward snakes. 
source: Live Science;  NY Times  

4 comments:

  1. I certainly agree with every word you say here. I had a nun as my high school biology teacher who would wander about the room with her pet snake draped over her shoulders. Yikes. "All creatures great and small, the Lord God made them all" was a prayer we embraced at different levels of enthusiasm when it came to "nakes!"

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  2. Good evening,
    Very interesting observation. I remember in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones said, "I hate snakes". And I believe we do have an spiritual aversion to "snake" or Satan.
    I am following you from Moms the Word.
    Blessings,
    Happy Easter,
    Janis www.janiscox.com

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  3. I had no idea that research showed that, although I have known several women that are afraid of snakes. One gal couldn't even go into the snake house at the zoo, even though the snakes were behind the glass and she was perfectly safe. I had to take her children through the exhibit for her.

    I don't mind snakes as long as they aren't dangerous and I know they are there. I don't like to be surprised by them when I'm walking or in the garden.

    I have held snakes and they don't scare me at all, but I could NEVER bring myself to hold a spider, lol!

    Thanks so much for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" today! :)

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  4. I agree.. "Nakes" are scariest! So glad however, that He is greater than our fears!

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