Comment: SteveMT: Let us look at the passage

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SteveMT: Let us look at the passage

You quote Mark 16:15, which supposedly describes the words spoken by Christ just prior to His ascension. What "b" says regarding the text is true. Some Biblical scholars have called the last half of Mark 16 into question because it is completely left out of certain manuscripts. When the KJV was written, these other manuscripts had not yet been discovered. The more recently discovered manuscripts are older than the ones used by the translators of the KJV, so it raises a dilemna. Do we trust the accuracy of a majority of manuscripts which include this portion, or do we trust the older manuscripts? Most Bible printers include the section with a footnote.

However, just because it may or may not have been in the original does not necessarily make it not true. Is there another passage not under the same scrutiny that would validate the truth of Mark 16:15? Why, yes, there is! Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Matthew 28:18-20 comes even closer to the words found in Mark 16:15)

The first half of Acts 1 and the second half of Mark 16 describe the same event - the Ascension of Christ. They agree as to the events that took place. So, I have no problem quoting Mark 16:15, regardless of whether or not it appears in all the manuscripts, because I am not saying anything that is contrary to Scripture.

I would however caution you about picking and choosing which portions of the Bible are inspired and true, and which are not. Yes, men did have to make a choice about the canon of Scripture, but remember, they made that choice about complete books or letters, not particular passages within a book. If you choose to reject a particular passage, then you must reject the whole book. If you accept the Gospels as true, then you must accept the complete Old Testament as true, and inspired, because Jesus in the Gospels validated the inspiration of the OT. Same goes for the letters of Peter and Paul validating the OT. Jesus and Peter validate the words of the apostles as inspired Scripture. When it is all said and done, either you accept the complete Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God, or you reject it completely. There really is no middle ground. Jehovah God, as revealed in ALL of Scripture is the One True Triune God. We cannot create a God of our own liking in our heads. That is idolatry.