I was reading "Wikipedia" one day (it is where I go to get the latest and most accurate research); and I read that the Inland Taipan snake is the deadliest land snake in the world. Here is some of the research I found:
Based on the median lethal dose value in mice, Its venom, drop for drop, is by far the most toxic of any snake in the world. Unlike most snakes, the inland taipan is a specialist mammal hunter so its venom is specially adapted to kill warm-blooded species.It is estimated that one bite possesses enough lethality to kill at least 100 full grown men, and, depending on the nature of the bite, it has the potential to kill someone in as little as 30 to 45 minutes if left untreated.
No way! I thought to myself, "This time Wikipedia is wrong. I am sure the Yellow Jawed Tommygoff is much more lethal...every snake lover knows that!"
So to disprove the Wiki experts I decided to raise my own "Brood of Vipers"...sounds almost biblical. I purchased 2 Inland Taipan eggs and put them in a warming incubator to hatch (see exhibit "A"). Three weeks of having the eggs under 102.7 degree heat, two cracks appeared and two cute fellas slithered out of the eggs. They were tini-tiny and oh so adorable. "Kill 100 men? Inconceivable!!"
After giving them a few weeks to mature, it was time for the experiment. I wanted to determine two things: (1) Could their venom actually kill a man, (2) Were they all deadly, or is it just a rare fluke that one snake could be so deadly? So I began the test:
The first thing I did is I placed one snake in an aquarium that contained rocks and grass (Exhibit "B") -- I recreated it's natural habitat. The second snake was placed in an aquarium with a sleeping baby (Exhibit "C"). After placing the snakes, they both seemed to like their new homes: the first snake hid under a rock, and the second snake snuggled up to the sound asleep baby. No sign of danger so far, so I left the room.
When I came back two hours later I noticed in the first aquarium that the snake was still sleeping...didn't seem too harmful to me? I then walked over to aquarium two: "Oh no!" You don't want to know...the baby was not breathing and I noticed a tiny bite-mark on it's left arm. Apparently this snake was deadly after all.
Here are my conclusions: (1) Yes, their venom could kill a man. The baby was dead, there was no doubt about that. (2) It seemed like only one of the snakes was deadly. So that must mean they aren't all poisonous. Wikipedia was wrong, it is not the most deadly snake because not all of the snakes are deadly.
I know what you are thinking: "Chris, you are an idiot! Both snakes are deadly, if you put a baby in the first tank it would probably be dead too." "Chris, you are demented. Why would anyone put a baby in a tank with a deadly snake...I am calling the Psych Ward for you...and the State Penitentiary!" Wait, wait, wait - - before you take such drastic measures - - "I was just kidding!"
So what is the point to this "sick" story? Very simple, both snakes are deadly. Just because the first snake didn't have the same opportunity to kill does not make it any less deadly. You get it? "NO, what is the point?"
Many, many Christians think they are better than the rest of the world because they don't sin like the rest of the world: "I don't sell crack." "I am not gay." "I would never murder anyone." You see, American Christians have been raised, and raise their kids in Exhibit "B" world. In a good way, we are heavily protected from the evils and sinful opportunities the rest of the world daily live with. And because we have had constant solid biblical teaching, parenting, protecting we have been shielded from ourselves. However, the kid who has no dad, is raised by a gang, is molested by a creepy uncle, or must steal to survive is like the snake in Exhibit "C". They are given daily chances to see what is really down deep inside everyone of us - - "The Venom of Sin."
Oh, you don't think you have it in you? Tell me, have you ever lusted after someone that isn't your spouse, or do you ever lie, how about jealousy, anger and rage. It's venom I tell you...venom!
In the book of John, chapter 4; Jesus meets a lady that was married 5 times and was living with another new man. Not only is Jesus not shocked by her behavior, but he was specifically sent by God to reach her... Jesus loves her! She is no different than you or I. And if she came to most churches she would not be allowed to sit in the pew. Jesus came to save sinners! Jesus came to defang snakes.
Just because you live in Exhibit "B" doesn't mean you aren't a snake! Jesus came to save you too.