COVID-19 has been vaccinated Scientifically proven to save lives. But for a select group of people in the religious realm, a more important matter is at stake – eternal salvation.
In form of The delta version continues to spreadThe argument of many Americans opposing the COVID-19 vaccine has taken center stage. While the argument differs – with some citing the uncertainty of long-term side effects or a lack of trust in the medical field – one theory that has galvanized some vaccine resistance is the idea that the shot is “the mark of the beast.”
The “sign of the beast” in the New Testament book of Revelation indicates allegiance to Satan or to those who reject God’s monument of creativity.
“The study shows that any conflict between religion and science is not about facts, they are more about values and ethics,” said John Evans, a professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California-San Diego.
What does the ‘sign of the beast’ say in Revelation?
The biblical word apocalypse comes in the form of Revelation 13:16-18. To New International Version BibleIn , the apostle John speaks of an apocalyptic pair of beasts who would brutally rule the earth. Their wicked access – which could be interpreted as hidden manipulation – would require all those who are required to transact commerce to wear the mark of the beast. The apostle John did not identify what the sign looked like, although some theologians translate the scripture to refer to the number “666” to be associated with it.
Darin Wood, pastor of First Baptist Church in Oil City, Midland, Texas Wrote an August op-ed for the Midland Reporter-Telegram She said: “One of my church family posed an honest question: ‘Pastor, is the COVID vaccine a sign of an animal? I’ve been told it is.’ His question was sincere and heartfelt, and frankly, he was distressed about it. In kindness, I replied, ‘No’ and thought about it a little more. Until the question came up again. And again. More Then.
“There is no indication that the vaccine corresponds to the mark described by the apostle John. I have been sent several articles and videos … which (suggest) the vaccine represent a conspiracy to control government or that the commentary contains any The type of marking agent is used to identify fools enough to receive the vaccine. It is not reasonable or logical to speculate that such a widespread conspiracy is even possible. The question then arises as to why there is such widespread distrust in medical treatment. has come. “
Why are people calling the COVID vaccine a ‘sign of the beast’?
Evans said a lack of trust in government and the medical sector is a driving force behind the “mark of the beast” belief.
“(Former President) Donald Trump harnessed American populism and with that comes distrust of experts,” Evans told USA Today. “There’s a small group of people who believe in ‘the mark of the beast’ and I think the thought process that’s going on is being triggered by various concerns about getting a coronavirus vaccine that isn’t particularly religious. Huh.”
Evans said he suspected that the “mark of the beast” popularity stemmed from adherence to a social or political identity.
Peter Feyman, a top Republican National Committee official in Florida, said last month that vaccines are the “sign of the beast” and the equivalent of a “false god.” Back in May, Feiman said of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who encouraged vaccines in the state of Michigan: “The diabolical Michigan Governor Whitmer wants to receive the Mark of the Beast for participating in his civil society.”
Evans said from his study, most of the “mark of the beast” believers appear to be politically conservative-leaning and of Protestant Christian background.
“People with the spiritual belief that all things are influenced by religion are more likely to believe in the ‘mark of the beast’, which is in every Christian’s Bible, but people follow particular passages in the Bible to support their belief system. Will focus,” Evans said.
What are the religious leaders saying?
Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Lowry said COVID-19 vaccines are not “a sign of the beast,” but that many Christians may believe it is due to believe the world is in what the Bible calls “the last days.”
Laurie told Granthshala in an email, “The Bible talks about someone who identifies as ‘Antichrist’ and that would require people to have a ‘mark’ that people would get to buy and sell.” will do.”
“The COVID-19 vaccine – or any vaccines – has nothing to do with it.”
Laurie, who has been vaccinated, said that the mark would be a pledge of loyalty to the Antichrist and that no one would inadvertently carry the mark.
“In Revelation 14, we learn that those who carry the mark are doomed,” he said. “God will not waste people to take something unintentionally.”
According to Lowry, the misinterpretation of Revelation 13:16-18 may stem from social media, where people can spread unreliable information.
“People read false comments and believe they are true,” he said.
“Sometimes these statements are packaged to look like biblical prophecy, but they are false and incorrectly applied because many people do not understand what the Bible actually says about these things. “
What are the health workers saying? Are people really giving it a reason to avoid the shot?
Nicole Williams, a traveling intensive care unit nurse, said she has heard “the mark of the beast” several times as a reason for not being vaccinated.
“I’m hesitant because it’s new and we don’t know the long-term effects, but to call it ‘the mark of the beast,’ is insane,” Williams told USA Today.
Williams has worked in hospitals in Texas, New York, California and Hawaii in her three years as a nurse.
She said the latest surge of COVID-19 cases has been “hell”, with a lot of young people dying. She said that the vaccine is not a magic shot that cures everyone, but only one of the many tools to fight the virus.
“I understand that people want to go back to how things were, but calling something you don’t understand ‘the mark of the beast’ is extreme and hurtful,” she said.
“I am tired and tired of seeing so many people die, but I will do my best to keep my patients alive.”
In contrast, Stephen Smith, an ER physician at Hennepin Healthcare, told Granthshala that he hasn’t heard ‘the mark of the beast’ as a reason not to get the vaccine, but there are some other strange reasons.
Smith said a woman had brought her child in for fever and cough, and reported that the child may have had COVID-19. When he asked the mother if she had been vaccinated, Smith said her response was, “Oh no, that turns you into a zombie.”
Other reasons Smith chose not to vaccinate include: not wanting to be microchipped, out of his world view, vaccine was developed too rapidly, has not yet become ill, is not high-risk, does not trust the government And by reading that people have died from the vaccine.
“Social media plays a 100% role in misconceptions about vaccines,” Smith said. “They get all their information from Facebook and all this garbage.”
“Anyone telling you not to get the vaccine is either lying to you or a fool, or a combination of both.”
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