I’ve been trying to track down video dubs and clips from various news segments I’ve been on. It’s either really hard to get the media to respond to you once they’ve used you up, or it’s really expensive to purchase the clips from a news monitor. Kinda lame if you ask me, but I’ve ordered some clips such a service. I should have some additional clips uploaded soon.
I’ve also been getting more religious emails concerning the mark of the beast and my eternal damnation. First off, I think these folks should listen to my thoughts on worshiping false idols and symbology. Secondly, to back up these thoughts, I sat down with the Bible and did some reading. Thanks goes to Christopher Coulter for bringing up the specific verses in scripture, which I now square my argument on.
In Revelation 14:9, it says you have to worship the beast before you “receive the mark“. Only one verse hooks in the “buying and selling” aspect. So basically, having or getting the “mark” is not really the issue… it’s using it as some outward sign of your allegiance and worship of “the beast“.
“A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.” – Rev. 14:9-10 (NIV)
“…had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image.” – Rev. 16:2
That sounds to me like the real issue is your allegiance and worship of “the beast” (person, government, system, etc.), and not the mark itself. I didn’t think God would be so lame as to condemn those he supposedly loves based simply on someone getting a chip or tattoo or credit card or social security number. Apparently it’s the worshiping part that God really has issue with, which I could understand if I was a jealous God.