Mark 16-20

Does mark 16-20 belong in the bible?

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. 14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 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 them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; 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. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Thank you so much for the info. I requested. It has helped me understand certain things more clearly. I have enjoyed watching your program since May 31, 2008. I have not missed any of the five episodes since I started watching. I was reading the inside cover of “the KEY to understanding the Bible”, I completely agree that our Bible is the most marvelous book ever written. The booklet also states that our God has kept it intact from the beginning. I also agree, although recently as I was studying I came across the debate of whether or not Mark 9-20 is actual scripture. I see many people on TV misrepresenting and taking these verses out of context and thinking it was written for them. Was it even written or inspired by our Lord at all? I would love to know what you have concluded by your studies.

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Just give to you a short answer to your question about whether or not Mark 16:9-20 should be in the Bible. We know from the book of Acts that these verses belong in the Bible for three reasons. First, those signs did follow them that believe. Secondly, if these verses were not in the Bible you would not have any idea why they spoke in tongues in Acts 2:4. The only verse that said they would is Mark 16:17. Thirdly, and must importantly, the purpose of these signs is given in Mark 16:20 where it says: “… the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” These signs were “the signs of an apostle” (2 Corinthians 12:12) confirming that they were speaking God’s Word. Since we have God’s completed, perfect Word today, these signs served their purpose and ended with the apostles.