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Do you believe Mark 16 vs16-18 are for all believers today ?
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."
I believe it's very possible.
But not needful usually.
But to this day, yes, there are healings when hands are laid upon people. Just not usually, as I said.
The miracles that the disciples did were pure and were a fulfillment of Christ's promises, showing His power, and were very intense during the time when the Lord was setting up his church, so-to-speak. His church of believers/followers. An initial show of power was necessary to prove who He was and is. I think all the original disciples held true to Him, even unto their own horrible deaths. I wonder how many people including myself would be such good stewards of that kind of power if we were given each gift specifically.........
I can only offer my view. This baptism of which Mark speaks is of the Spirit. One must be born of the Spirit of God. All souls who live in God sooner or later develops spiritual capacity, for they walk in God's ways, and obey's His will. Our Lord Himself speaks of this, and our Christianity is full of these people.
They do not all wish to heal, but to do God's Will, which is the highest prayer. Many people receive healing and remain the same. Healing does not necessarily transform our lower nature.
Many 'professing christianity' as you say, do believe in God, I am sure. Christian or no Christian, spirituality or nature's transformation cannot take place without verbal and interior prayer, and a life of unconditional service to others. Service is done for us, as it widens our hearts and makes us receptive to the Higher Light descending from within.
It is imperative that we become inward focus, avoid blaming the world and take individual responsibility for our progress. Hope this helps. Let us pray for one another.
Of course we are not to drink deadly poison. Nor are we to handle snakes. As far as baptism, I think Mark is talking about being baptized in the spirit. Baptism by water is an act of obedience to God. This is the reason Jesus was baptized, out of obedience, not to wash away his sins, for he was sinless.
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.
We have been given the power and authority THROUGH Jesus Christ to heal the sick. We can rebuke illness or sickness. If one really gives it some thought, (and according to the word of God) there is no excuse for anyone to be sick.
The most reputable manuscripts end Mark at verse 8 of chapter 16. Your whole question is based on information added after the book was written. I wouldn't put much stock in it.
"Mark 16:9–20, describing some disciples' encounters with the resurrected Jesus, appears to be a later addition to the gospel. Mark 16:8 stops at a description of the empty tomb, which is immediately preceded by a statement by a "young man dressed in a white robe" that Jesus is "risen" and is "going ahead of you into Galilee." The last twelve verses are missing from the oldest manuscripts of Mark's Gospel. The style of these verses differs from the rest of Mark, suggesting they were a later addition. In a handful of manuscripts, a "short ending" is included after 16:8, but before the "long ending", and exists by itself in one of the earliest Old Latin codices, Codex Bobiensis. By the 5th century, at least four different endings have been attested. (See Mark 16 for a more comprehensive treatment of this topic.) Possibly, the Long Ending (16:9–20) started as a summary of evidence for Jesus' resurrection and the apostles' divine mission, based on other gospels. It was likely composed early in the 2nd century and incorporated into the gospel around the middle of the 2nd century."
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