And if you do, why are so many Professing Christianity sick ? Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
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amen that is what scripture says , if we have the faith to believe
It is not talking about intentionally handling or drinking which would be against scripture, it is talking about in the course of ministering the Gospel if you are poisoned as happens in some foreign countries or bitten while doing same.
How in the world did you come up with that from the context of this scripture? That verse is very controversial, this is why we have snake handlers here in the South.
proper understanding of scripture and putting it together as it is. Check the example for snakebite of Paul in in acts. Also personal experience of God's protection while ministering His Word
It happened to Paul, didn't it? The viper bit him and the people expected him to fall down dead, but nothing happened. It is the same today when we have faith.
I like your take on this. I have never met a person who has never been sick. If you took this literally that would mean nobody I have ever met anyone who believes and has been baptized. That would mean every person I ever met is condemned.