God is supreme and can never be challenged or mocked. The wages of mocking God is death . Some people have tried to mock God and it never ended in premium tears.
Chester Beddel was one astound man who never wanted to hear anything about the existence of God.He strongly denied the existence of God and did all he could to make sure his influence is spread all over the world.
At age 82, not long before his death in 1908, he publicly challenged, “If there is a God, then let him fill my grave with snakes.”
Whether this was an unconscious prophecy or a daring challenge to God, or whether he ever said the words or not, things soon began to take place. It is reported that when he died and they were about to bury him at the foot of the monument he had sometime before erected in the cemetery, a snake was already in the freshly-dug grave .
However visitors to the place from different places report the presence of snakes. It is said that no snakes are seen around any of the other lots in that cemetery, but it onlookers are reported to have seen as many as twenty in a day around that grave & frequently kills them there. Visitors who go there often kill some snakes while examining the grave.
Tent evangelists saw the old atheist’s taunt to the Almighty as an opportunity to bring salvation to the areas around North Benton, Massillon and Canton. More than one of them hung a garter-snake garland from the pulpit, claiming that the snakes had been found lurking about Bedell’s grave.
Some pastors even took their flocks to Hartzell Cemetery to ponder the stern-faced likeness of Bedell
More than a few sinners came forward during altar calls after preachers painted a portrait of Bedell being tormented for all eternity in a tangle of copperheads and diamondbacks.
Three-plus decades after his death, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided the opportunity to settle the snake issue once and for all when it deemed Bedell’s gravesite to be part of the land needed to create Berlin Lake. He was moved to higher ground in the cemetery.
In his new grave, snakes disappeared mysteriously.A believer would retort that Bedell’s deathbed conversion explains the serpent no-show.
The irony is that Chester Bedell’s skepticism and open challenge to God likely brought far more people to salvation than to atheism. That irony is elevated to a metaphysical level if the infidel really caved in before he died.