Ironically, Atheism is one of the many evidences we as Christians see that they claim does not exist. This will be a look at the mark of “the beast”, the number, what it means, and Bible verses that pertain to atheism and naturalism. My main goal here is twofold. I also hope to give Christians a way to deal with the conflicts that arise from the “Gay Is Ok” sentiments that are now part of “normal society”. This post is not exclusively about this, but I just want to warn anyone sensitive to this issue that it will be brought up in the post. I in no way judge, or condemn anyone in this post, and I hope none of the Christians condemn anyone for anything. This is not what Christ teaches.
The popular belief about the number 666 is that is is some taboo of evil, and often used by Satanist as a sort of flag. They seem quite proud of this. For starters , lets look at this number.
“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.” Revelation 13:18 (KJV)
First of all, notice that it is “the number of a man“. If it is our number, then why do people think it is evil? The text states that this is wisdom, and a great mystery. What is this “mystery”? The number is often debated today, believe it or not, without many even being aware of it. It is the ongoing popular debate about morality. Most atheist will say that objective morality does not come from God, and that God is not “needed“, for man to have morality.
The number 666 literally means, “A man without God’s morals, or God’s moral law, is a “beast”, or “animal”, and that a ,man without God’s moral law will “evolve” into an animal, by adopting animal morality, or a “natural morality”.
This “mark” is something many think will be a physical mark that people will “receive from someone, or something“. Scripture actually states that this mark is “in” the head, not on the head. It is actually a frame of mind, and the frame of mind that we now call “naturalism“. Lets look at a few more verses that show this, and atheism, or “naturalism”.
[Note here: Anyone that is familiar with my studies knows that I stress the use of the King James Version. Many are unaware of the differences, which some are “subtle”, the same word used when Eve was being “fooled”. You may use whatever version you wish, but there is a link to the above mentioned verse at the bottom of the post, in all known translations. Please note the versions, and the KJV, and the word “in” changed to “on” in the other translations. This is a very dangerous error to overlook such a small, or “subtle” change. Remember, Satan fooled Eve by changing just one word. He took God’s words and changed the meaning of “will surely die”, to will “not” surely die. Food for thought.]
“And even as they did not like to retain God “in’ their knowledge”, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” Romans 1:28 (KJV)
Reprobate, defined by the Oxford dictionary:
“a person who behaves in a way that society thinks is immoral”
Without getting into an entirely different subject, just know that in the original text God is not doing this as a punishment. The original text describes God’s intention as “out of compassion“.
Monkeys are said to be reprobates. Interestingly, modern man wants to teach our children that we are the same as apes. Ok, that’s fine, but not my children. They know better, and as a result, so do their friends. I hope you teach your children to read the the scriptures.
Lets consider how society has “evolved”, with the denouncing of God’s role in it’s government, and the push to remove God from any influence in society, or…”a-theism”.
What has morality “evolved” into now? Now, just like dogs, or animals that roam the streets at night looking for a new dog of the opposite sex to “screw around with” (pun intended), it is perfectly normal and morally acceptable to sleep with a different person every night. In today’s world this doesn’t seem to be immoral at all. In fact, it is seen as a trophy of sorts to men in modern society.
verse 29: “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,…“30:“slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,”
verse 27 is really interesting, as it shows the obvious difference in man’s morality, and God’s morality. Atheist argue that “morality is morality”. There is no “higher” morality.
“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:27 (KJV)
“Gay is ok” (there is no ‘higher morality’)
Anyone that thinks homosexuality is wrong is a bigot. Now you might understand the reason for me using Phil Robertson in this post. Before anyone jumps to conclusions, part of this same scripture is this verse, “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” Romans 2:1 (KJV) Before you point fingers at gay people, remember what Jesus said about “casting the first stone”. Please know that God will always side with the person you are pointing at against you, and Jesus has not changed his mind about this. This post is running a bit long, so I will wrap this up.
Know that I judge no one. I do not judge homosexuals, nor does Phil Robertson. However, I’m sure my words will be twisted out of spite, and I will end up being mocked by these same atheist, but just as Jesus was mocked the same as we all will be, I expect this to happen. As Christians, you should expect this too. How do we address these things today, and still live in this “new age morality”, and remain true to our faith? Simple. By example, not by words.
Smile, and love all people. Do not treat anybody as “different”. Do not judge. Love.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” Romans 12:21
You will never overcome hatred by the hatred of hatred!
I think it’s an interesting study, and if anyone looks around the earth and is in touch with anything close to reality, they will see these verses playing themselves out in real time. No evidence the Bible is true you say?