End of the world now? Christian fundamentalists and COVID-19 – global issues


  • Opinion By Jan Londius (Stockholm / Rome)
  • Interpress service

After his Christian brothers berated, John’s language became increasingly bewildering, as he told the recipients of his message that a gate had opened in heaven, while commanding a strong voice: “Come here and I will show you what will happen next.” Standing by the throne of God, John witnesses his wrath as it strikes the ground. Four demonic riders sweep. One of them, “Followed by the Kingdom of Death,” was granted power over a quarter of the world, killing its inhabitants with famine and plague.

We are far from the teachings of the carpenter from Nazareth, Jesus who preached love and mercy, responds to violence with a flip of the other cheek and declares: “All who draw the sword with the sword shall die.” but in book of visions He is depicted as holding a sickle that he uses to “cut his crop”. Blood flows across the land “in a stream 180 miles long and as high as a horse’s bridle.” The sea turns to blood and the sun burns the earth. In pain, humans bite their tongues at the bleeding flesh, while boils cover their bodies. The earth is cracking due to earthquakes, hail mingles with rain of blood and falling stars are killing the suffering human beings.

Page after page full of horrors, while the “keeps” rejoice. Not without reason, scholars who selected books for inclusion in the Christian Bible during the second century AD had serious doubts about this vengeful Bible. Dionysus, the patriarch of Alexandria, wrote at the beginning of the year 200 CE: “Some who accepted us put the book aside and rejected it altogether, and criticized it chapter by chapter, and its pronunciation is meaningless or arguable, and confirmed that the title is forged. Because they say that it is not the work of John, nor is it an advertisement because it is densely and densely covered with a veil of mystery.”

It is hard to understand how good and pious people believe that this hateful and spiteful book is the unmistakable “Word of God.” I’m familiar with reasonable people who think revenge يعتقدون inspiration He advises them to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine and thus put themselves – and worse still – their fellow human beings in mortal danger.

On websites, fundamentalist priests and doomsday prophets refer to their favorite scripture – The book of visions – in particular chapter thirteen, which among many oddities declares that “the second beast” will compel “all men, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or Sell ​​unless they have the mark which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. Let the insightful count the number of the beast, it is the number of man. This number is 666.” It is doubtful that this statement actually “calls for wisdom,” it is certain that called idiocy.

For more than two thousand years, people have counted letters with countless names to prove that the bearer is in fact an embodiment of the beast. Someone even assumed that former US President Ronald Reagan was the monster, since the letter enumeration of his full name – Ronald Wilson Reagan, resulted in 666, while his own home address was 666 St. Cloud Rd. It’s not just people associated with 666 – Corona has six letters and the bill submitted to the US House of Representatives to provide funds for a COVID test is accidentally named HR 6666. Anyone may find strange coincidences by combining numbers and thus some people have tried to find the hidden message of monster number. They pointed out for example that if 666 is written in Roman numerals, it becomes DCLXV and thus contains every Roman numeral except M (1000) while decreasing its value from 500 to 1, D = 500, C = 100, L = 50, X = 10, V = 5, I = 1. Does this mean anything? I do not think so.

Almost any symbol by one crank or another has been interpreted as mark of the beast. During the last 50 years any serial number; Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passport numbers, zip codes, bank accounts, SIM cards as well as barcodes such as global product code (UPC), and a variety of similar tags such as Aztec codedata matrices, Qatari Ryal Symbols and a group of designations and symbols with similar functions have been interpreted as monster marks.

It is almost inconceivable how religious fundamentalists prefer unreasonable illusions and deceptions rather than simple explanations. Like any other message, John inspiration It was written in a specific chronological and geographical context. If we look at the Greek word Charaghmawhich John used for a “mark”, was equal to any engraved, printed, or marked mark, as well as stamped documents and coins.

During John’s life, Christians were persecuted for not making sacrifices for the welfare of the emperor, who was officially considered a divine being. The contemporary Emperor John and a fierce persecutor of Christians was undoubtedly an insensitive “monster”. Suetonius (70-122 AD) described the Roman Emperor Domitian from 81-96 AD as “hated and feared everywhere”. He is paranoid and demands to be referred to as “Lord and God”. As soon as he drank wine and dined with his host in the palace, he was bestowed with kindness, only to be crucified the next day, only to prove that he “could do it.”

And since John and his fellow Christians considered Domitian to be the “antichrist” and that worshiping him would be worship the monster. When John wrote that people “can’t buy or sell unless they have the mark,” he could in fact mean Roman coins, stamped with Domitian’s image, as well as official documents and contracts bearing his seal. However, John further stated that the “mark” would be placed on the “right hand or on the forehead.” This prophecy finds its source in the Jewish Bible Psalms of Solomon, which mentions how the wicked are marked, though only visible to God and his angels.

How can these ancient concepts be connected to the COVID-19 vaccine introduced in April 2021, when the concept of “vaccine” did not exist prior to 1796, when Edward Jenner used it to name his treatment for smallpox? gravity mark of the beast is that it can be applied to just about anything, something the church father Irenaeus had already discovered by the end of AD 100. Any enemy, any fear, may be associated with it, the last of which is the so-called RFID.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) made it possible, remotely, to read the information contained in the tag. The tag may be a microchip small enough to inject through a syringe under the skin. This chip can be used to track a person and may also contain basic information about them – a very advanced optimization for Social Security Numbers and UPCs. RFID chips were originally run in the hands, but can now be injected into almost any tissue of the body. this time Neuralink CompanyThe neurotech company founded by billionaire Elon Musk is developing a “sewing machine-like” device to implant tiny, microscopic threads into the human brain to create a “digital layer over the cortex”. This addition to the brain is supposed to enhance mental strength through the “symbiosis” of biological and artificial intelligence. For Christian fundamentalists, these endeavors may undoubtedly be related to detection prophecy about mark of the beast It was placed on the “right hand or on the forehead”.

However, microchips have absolutely nothing to do with vaccination against a deadly disease such as COVID-19. Associating nanotechnology with a two-thousand-year-old sentence, a highly complex text that, moreover, encroaches on enemies of true faith, is a pernicious way of applying devious and downright dangerous beliefs to health issues. To link conspiracy theories with unproven vengeful speculations, which were furthermore deemed spurious by many of the founding fathers of Christianity, limit criminal behavior as it could lead to the death of at least thousands of people.

Thousands of years ago, fanatics linked fantastically book of visions With the current issues, which today happen to be vaccines, chip implants and SIM cards. For the good of humanity we should rather than fall victim to absurd speculation, be careful not to confuse personal beliefs with the supposed meanings of an ancient religious text. If we are religiously inclined it is better to adhere to golden base Treat others as we want to treat ourselves. An idea already common in Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and many other religions.

Bauer, Los Oliver and E. Marshall Wilder (2020) The Microchip Revolution: A Brief History. Piscataway NJ: IEEE Xplore. Bohlinger, Tavis (2020) https://academic.logos.com/the-covid-vaccine-has-666-written-all-over-it-and-why-that-doesnt-matter-according-to-revelation/ Eusebius (1990) Church history. London: Penguin Classics.

Jan Londius He holds a Ph.D. in the history of religion from Lund University and worked as a development expert, researcher and consultant at the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), UNESCO, FAO and other international organizations.

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