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Mark 16:9-20 False Bible Prophecies and False Miracles
Mark 16:9-20 (New International Version, ©2010)
[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.]
9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.
14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Apparently, this text has caused allot of headaches for Christians over the years. So now the Christians have 'chucked it' out of the Bible. Jim Jones could have been testing the faith of his followers. Maybe no one has faith in Jesus that is that strong to survive deadly poison, and venomous snakes.
However, this troublesome passage is no longer in most modern bible translations. The reasons given for removing Mark 16:9-20 are a sign that Christianity is giving into modern redaction criticism, form criticism and the simple fact that as Bart Ehrman mentions that we do not have any 'original autographs'.
In 1952, Jones became a student pastor in Sommerset Southside Methodist Church in Indianapolis, but left that church because it barred him from integrating African Americans into his congregation. In 1954, Jones began his own church in a rented space in Indianapolis, at first naming it the Community Unity Church.
In 1956, Jones bought his first church building, in a racially mixed Indianapolis neighborhood. He first named this church "Wings of Deliverance",and later that year renamed it the "Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church", the first time he used the phrase "Peoples Temple."Jones' healings and purported clairvoyant revelations attracted spiritualists.
Benny Hinn's miracles have not been independently verified by anyone.
It is amazing that in my 'red letter edition' of the KJV of the Bible Mark 16:9-20 has many words that God allowed Christians to believe were the literal words of Christ Jesus for many many centuries.
A person wonders why God would let a charade like this take place for so long. So now these words attributed to Christ Jesus are in dispute among more conservative Christians (who accept the passage as canon) and the rest of Christianity which slowly seems to be giving in to the close scrutiny the manuscript evidence has been subjected to.
The really interesting thing is that the reasons that are used to throw out Mark 16:9-20 are some of the same reasons that a person could use for throwing out Matthew 28:19.
We hope that the world will wake up before it is too late!