Mark Of The Beast At It Again

06.21.2010 · Posted in Legally Weird

Over 1,000 families in the heavily Christian state of Mizoram in India are refusing to take part in the government’s census-taking activities. Their refusal to participate in the National Population Register (NPR) is based on the passage in the Book of Revelations in the Bible about the mark of the Beast.

How is a census connected to the mark of the Beast? Well, in India, the NPR involves a Unique Identification Card, without which people are not permitted to buy or sell property. The passage in the Bible says “no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Some of the Mizoram Christians did the math and decided having the card meant being a follower of the Beast. For the same reasons, many of those same families refuse to send their children to school or obtain ration cards to allow them to purchase discounted rice.

Church officials in the area encouraged their followers to participate in the NPR and stressed the importance of the survey. Those who refuse to cooperate face fines of up to Rs 1,000 and up to three years in prison, in addition to being left without the right to vote or access to many government benefits.

This doesn’t seem quite as nutty as the case involving the school security officer in New York, but it still seems pretty silly, especially since the leaders of the churches these families belong to are telling them it’s ok to participate in the NPR. Do these people also not have passports or drivers licenses or anything else like that? Maybe not.

Does using my credit cards to buy things, or even my debit card, or a check, maybe even printed money, count as having the mark of the Beast? Should I only be using raw metals or bartering for goods? Does my ISP address count? My official street address? What about my birth certificate with the official seal on it? Have I been doomed from birth? Seriously, people need to get a grip on the whole MOTB thing. I’m pretty sure that if someone’s going to be condemned for eternity, it won’t be for participating in a census or using an ID card. If I’m wrong, then most of us are in for a heap of trouble.



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