Mark 16:18 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 was hoping that we can have a discussion concerning the "taking up serpents" portion of this scripture and discuss this.
Does the portion concerning the taking up snakes have ONLY a "physical" meaning or can this be of or also include a "spiritual" meaning as well?
I ask because of such scriptures such as this:
Acts 28:3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Now, to be straight up... the reason I've started this is because those who don't accept the Mark 16:18 scripture as part of the Canon can also clearly see the MEANING of the Mark 16:18 scripture is covered by other scriptures in the Bible. So, even if the Mark 16:18 scriptures never existed, the meaning is still valid.