(note: the resurrection accounts differ in all 4 gospels and contradict each other - but I won't go into that now)
16 "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned."So much for unconditional love ...
17 "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
So every believing Christian should be able to cast out demons, speak with new tongues, not get hurt by deadly poison, and heal sick people. My question: Why isn't that the case then? And why do those religious fools that let serpents bite them because they think they won't get hurt need a doctor afterwards?
19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.So he flew into space like Superman? And to some physical place where The Father is sitting somewhere on a throne? And he send sat down there too? What for? And is he still sitting there now? Isn't he getting bored?
(another note: the oldest manuscripts do NOT have the verses 9-19 and verse 20, suggesting that they were later additions to change the rather abrupt and kind of scary ending of the Gospel - verse 8: They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.)