Frail and faltering follower of Jesus

World coming down...

By Gavin Davies

I recently won a charity raffle at work and got to choose the charity the money went to. I opted for no2id, which prompted discussion in the office.

I am dead against ID cards, I feel that they’re related to the “number of the beast” spoken about in the Bible. ID cards in themselves are not that bad, it’s the RFID technology that could follow that I worry about. This technology could be used for purchases in shops et cetera.

The Bible says anyone without this “mark” would not be able to buy and sell: “And he shall make all, both little and great, rich and poor, freemen and bondmen, to have a character in their right hand or on their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, but he that hath the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation Chapter 13: 16-17)

This makes me think of an economy in which people trade using RFID or similar implants accessing their credit card information. As a Christian, I would never be able to take this chip. My theology here is sketchy, but seem to remember that accepting this mark would be a very bad thing to do in eternal terms (‘once the sequence of “end of the world” events starts, they continue, a person who follows the Beast, participates in the payment system, and receives the Mark, will risk eternal judgment by God’ (dead link removed for source).

This situation and my resulting fear of the future, really affects me day to day. I worry myself sick about it, and I don’t really know what I should do. I wish that I wasn’t living in these times; because of what I suspect about the near future, I don’t know if I can have children – I don’t know if it’s fair for them to live through these times. I don’t know whether Jesus will come back before the times of trial, and to be honest, I’m not even sure if I’m “ready” for Him to take me when He comes. Sometimes, I doubt my “salvation” – it is very hard for me to accept and many verses in the Bible niggle at me. I do know one thing though – He saved my life and I won’t give up on Him.

Probably this sounds stupid to a lot of people, I can understand that.

I feel that there are very hard times ahead, so it is more important than ever to do what good we can, whilst we can.