Two news posts caught my eye today. They similarly require a literalistic reading of scripture, one that I certainly can’t subscribe to! (And a little mental illness for the first one doesn’t hurt.)
HAYDEN, Idaho – A man who believed he bore the “mark of the beast” used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then he cooked it in the microwave and called 911, authorities said. … The Book of Revelation in thecontains a passage in which an angel is quoted as saying: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury.” The book of Matthew also contains the passage: “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”
And were these people having fun or seriously trying to confuse people?
LONDON – The beast of the Book of Revelation intruded into the banter of the House of Commons on Thursday when a motion calling for the disestablishment of thewas numbered 666.
The last book of the Bible says 666 is the number of a beast that “had two horns like a lamb, and … spake as a dragon,” and that “doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.”
I don’t think either of these are what God intends!