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A true believer is the one who according to Mark does the following:

In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 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." Mark 16:14-18

What could be its correct interpretation?

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This is better suited for hermeneutics.SE. –  Mark Edward May 16 '14 at 14:59

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There was an instance in acts where the apostle Paul got bit by a serpent and didn't die -

Acts 28:3 -5

3 Now Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and he was laying them on the fire when a viper crawled out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.

4 When the natives saw the little animal hanging from his hand, they said to one another, Doubtless this man is a murderer, for though he has been saved from the sea, Justice [[a]the goddess of avenging] has not permitted that he should live.

5 Then [Paul simply] shook off the small creature into the fire and suffered no evil effects.

But regarding it's interpretation - while it seems fairly consistent to some degree with other things, there are many reasons to believe it was added to the book and not part the original account.

So before speculating on meanings, one would first have to be confident it actually belongs there.

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Here's an article about The Ending of Mark. –  mojo May 16 '14 at 13:48
It says "and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them". Did someone drink deadly poison? Got bit by serpent doesn't solve this test. Could you please give some clearer interpretation? –  Richard Ninjo May 16 '14 at 18:20
I've never seen an instance of anyone drinking poison and surviving it in the Christian Greek scriptures. I'd love to hear if there is. –  1Up May 16 '14 at 18:28
They could have added "and they will stick firecrackers in their ears and not go deaf" ... I suppose one could survive anything with the lord's protection ... but its all the same with human additions to the scriptures - just human sillyness. Point is its pointless what it means if it was not there in the first place :D –  1Up May 16 '14 at 18:31

This prophecy was certainly fulfilled in its entirety in the early church, especially in the lives of the apostles. The big question is whether "they" refers to just the apostles or if it refers to all believers in all times.

Still, even when Jesus walked the earth, He did not heal every sick person He ever saw. So, it is incorrect to assume that every person who ever got sick would be healed by the closest Christian. There certainly have continued to be times throughout history and continuing to this day when God has miraculously healed people.

Just two nights ago, I watched a DVD entitled "More than Dreams", in which five people tell their accounts of Jesus appearing to them in a dream and bidding them to follow Him, leaving their previous religion. One of these individuals from Nigeria reveals that His father was so enraged by his new Christian faith that he brought him poison to drink. The son does so, but is unaffected by it.

So, the prophecy was fulfilled completely in the apostles, but God still does such things even today--not in every case, to be sure, but definitely in some cases.

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