June 06, 2006

Unholy Holiday?

Revelation 13:16-18:
"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."

Could that man be among us now? *snigger*

June 6, 2006.

For many, it's just another day, but for some it is a day full of fear, paranoia and foreboding. For some, this day is the beginning of the end days.

But for some more apocalyptic theologians, the end of times is coming, even if not specifically today. The evangelical Raptureready.com web site puts its "rapture index" at 156, calling that "fasten your seatbelts" time. Yeah. Get in, sit down, shut up, hold on.

Others find it a reason to party: Hell, MI planning a "hellish" party on 6/6/06

Out of curiosity, I checked out the Church of Satan's website (quite the interesting site they have there, by the way) to see what their take is on this date. I must admit that I was surprised by their answer: "For Satanists, numbers are just numbers, and June 6, 2006 is a day like any other. We are amused by Christians superstitiously being afraid of this number, as well as the date-which is not mentioned in any scriptures. Since we enjoy mocking irrationality in all its forms, we embraced this day to have a celebration of our organization's freedom from such nonsensical fears. Anton Szandor LaVey called Satanism a "Cosmic Joy Buzzer" to emphasize our function as iconoclasts and pranksters, so going where others "fear to tread" is par for our course." - High Priest, Magus Peter H. Gilmore


Not surprisingly, today is the release of the newly remade The Omen. They've set up a rather intriguing website (for those not easily spooked, anyway). This most interesting part for me is the "Mark of the Beast" Quiz... "How will you interpret the signs all around us? The prophecy is clear. His day will come."

My results:

(Click it if you want to see it bigger/easier to read)
Wow. Now isn't that captivating?

They also discuss, on the Omen website, the Biochip. You can find some interesting views on the biochip here as well. If one interprets Revelations as being a prophesy, the Biochip could very well become the mark of the beast. I shudder to think of the possibilities for abuse of this technology and the danger it poses to everyone. If there is any possible way around it, neither I nor my child will be getting one. The implications simply creep me out.

Personally, I think today will pass just like any other normal day. ...that is, unless terrorists decide to use the occasion to strike as I've heard they might. There will surely be a lot of hoo-haw going around from the paranoid, the superstitious, and those who take the Bible quite literally.

"A pessimist only sees the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - he's walking on them." - Leonard L. Levinson

I wish you a happy, stress-free, and peaceful day.

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