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The Mark of the Beast

Every now and then, someone starts to complain about something stupid and call it the mark of the beast. First, let’s make sure we know what the mark actually is. For that, we have to turn to the Bible

, Revelations chapter 13, verse 16 through 18:

16: And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18: Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Essentially, the mark is something that is tattooed, branded, or otherwise placed onto the right hand or forehead of a person. Those without this mark cannot conduct business. The mark itself is a symbol of, or the name or number of, the Beast from the sea.

Now, most recently, there was a girl was almost suspended because she refused to wear a student ID with an RFID tag embedded in it. Her reasoning? It was the Mark of the Beast. Somehow, a biblical prophecy about a guy with horns who gets everybody to worship a giant monster from the ocean and makes everybody get his mark tattooed on their face in order to buy stuff is the same as a name tag with an RFID chip stuck in it.

She believe this even though the school board never told her to worship a seven headed monster that came out of the ocean, and even though she is able to go to the mall and buy crap without the badge. Likewise, unless she herself is the Beast of the Earth, since her badge is going to have her name, picture, and ID on it, it’s not going to be the even close to the biblical mark.

I’m also wondering if her fear of this mark made her get rid of her Social Security Number. Since it’s a lot closer to what’s talked about in the book of Revelations, what with it being a number that is required for a lot of transactions. Likewise, I wonder if she has a driver’s license, since it’s also a badge with a number on it that, again, is used for a lot of transactions these days.

What’s this girl going to do when she grows up? The last three places I worked used RFID tags instead of keys to open and close doors. Is she going to be a hermit in the woods, living with squirrels to avoid any “beast marks” that would otherwise be placed upon her?