Why did Jesus say the words he said in Mark 16:15-18? Why did Mark even bother to record them at all if they have no meaning for today? Many modern day Bible scholars when confronted with the 16th verse try to say the whole chapter did not exist in the original writings of Mark. THey admit that this is one scripture that throws a wrench in modern teaching concerning Baptism. Most Baptists don't believe in the signs that Jesus spoke of and declare they have been done away with. Many make fun of the snake handling words but it was real for the Apostle Paul. That Viper could have killed him.