I was interested in your interpretation of Mark 16:15-18 Christ's commission to the Eleven.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow those who believe: In my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Most Bibles will have a note at the end of verse 8 which reads something to the effect that the following verses (9-20) are not found in the earliest manuscripts of Mark.
Either Mark ended at 16:8 or there is an alternate ending which was lost almost immediately. As a result, I don't worry about these verses as they seem to have been added after the fact. Probably by a well-meaning person but probably after the fact.
That is not an interpretation OCG. You plainly can not know for sure, you're guessing. The atheist here Love your vague responses, it makes things easy for them. You won't lose my respect for it though but I did give you your first smite. Is there any part of the bible you do agree with?
First, I think all interpretations are guesses. Educated guesses but guesses none the less.
Second, since I don't believe these verses are part of the original Mark document, I didn't see a reason to interpret them. But, if you insist, I will give an opinion.
These seem to be statements of great faith. I'm not sure I agree with baptism being part of salvation. Granted, Jesus was baptized, but what of the thief on the cross? I had understood speaking in tongues was a gift (according to Paul) which means not everyone has the gift. Yet this verse seems to be creating a litmus test that one who truly believes will cast out demons, speak in tongues, drink poison with no ill effects, handle serpents with impunity and heal the sick. There is nothing in the wording to indicate these are "or" statements. Rather a true believer is expected to do ALL of them.
I admit I have not spoken in tongues, have not cast out demons, have not drunk any poison, have not handled serpents but MAY have healed the sick if we define "sick" as being emotionally ill. Physical illness, no. Therefore, I am not a true believer.
How many of these actions in the above verses have you done?