Many people are still refusing to get vaccinated, although it has been scientifically proven to save lives. Some cite medical conditions, while others have religious beliefs. Some even believe that the COVID-19 vaccine is referred to as the “mark of the beast” in the bible.
The Bible Reference
The “mark of the beast” reference can be found in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation. Here, the said “mark of the beast,” signals the allegiance to Satan or to those who reject God’s memorial creatorship.
The specific bible verse can be found in Revelation 13:16-18. In part, Apostle John wrote that a pair of beasts would rule the Earth with cruelty, and their evil will allegedly require all people who engage in commerce to wear the mark of the beast. John did not say what the mark would look like, but theologians believe it is the infamous “666.”
Some Pastors’ Opinion On The ‘Mark Of The Beast’
Pastor Darin Wood of First Baptist Church in Midland, Texas, wrote an opinion editorial piece for the Midland Reporter-Telegram in August. He wrote, “One of my church family posed an honest question: ‘Pastor, is the COVID vaccine the mark of the beast? I’ve been told it is.’ Their question was an honest and heartfelt one, and clearly, they were anguished about it. In kindness, I answered, ‘no’ and thought a little more about it. Until the question came again. And again. And again.”
Wood added that there is no indication that the COVID-19 vaccine matches the mark described by John, and he was sent numerous articles and videos suggesting the conspiracy. Wood noted, “It’s just not reasonable or logical to presume such a wide conspiracy is even possible. The question then arises as to why this wide mistrust in medical treatment has come.”
Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie also released a statement saying that COVID-19 vaccines are not the “mark of the beast.” He told USA Today, “Sometimes these statements are packaged to look like Bible Prophecy, but they are false and misapplied because many people do not understand what the Bible actually says about these things.”
A Professor’s Belief
John Evans, a professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California, San Diego, said that studies showed conflicts between religion and science are not about facts as they are based on values and morals. He added that many believe the “mark of the beast” conspiracy because they lack trust in the government and the medical field.
“There is a small group of people who believe in ‘the mark of the beast,’ and I think what’s driving that thought process is starting with various concerns about receiving the coronavirus vaccine that are not specifically religious,” Evans was quoted as saying by USA Today.
The majority of the “mark of the beast” believers also appear to be politically conservative or have Protestant Christian backgrounds.