We have previously seen employees give up their jobs over the purely coincidental use of the number “666” on standard employment forms. Now a Kentucky teenager Codie Thacker has withdrawn from a regional cross country race because she was randomly generated a bib number of “666.” It raises the question again whether companies or schools or events should accommodate such objections.
After Thacker objected, Kentucky High School Athletic Association officials said that they would not change the number. She insists that the bib left her no choice and “I didn’t want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number.”
It seems that this number will continue to generate litigation and controversies. We even saw the sign of the beast controversy arise at a law school.
This biblical passage has also led to problems when 666 appears on papers or in conversation for some Christians.
Yet the basis for the claim involving 666 is pretty shaky. many scholars believe the actual number is 616, not 666. It turns out that 666 may be the ancient equivalent to a typo. Papyrus 115 is a fragmented piece of papyrus that dates back to the 3rd century and was not translated until the 20th century. Researchers were surprised to see that the papyrus included “616” as the sign of the Beast. If true, the Beast was the worker who received his or her W-2 50 workers before Hyatt was likely already wearing the number and lost his soul 50 days before Slonopas (It is just like the Beast to finger another worker while he or she laughs her way to the mailbox to send in a tax check).
Here are the more often read passages:
Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 13:18 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. (666)
Many events have hard and fast rules against changes numbers to avoid countless requests based on superstition or just low grade numerology. Yet, even if questionable from a theological standpoint, many believe that this number is evil and an affront to God. Should such views be accommodated by events and schools in your view.