Wired News – Mar 02, 2006:

Katherine Albrecht is on a mission from God.

The influential consumer advocate has written a new book warning her fellow Christians that radio frequency identification may evolve to become the “mark of the beast” — meaning the technology is a sign that the end-times are drawing near.

“My goal as a Christian (is) to sound the alarm,” said Albrecht, in a conversation over tea at a high-end grocery store.

Didn’t they say the same thing about UPC bar codes?!

  1. “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”

    Sounds like it could be about Google…

  2. Vincent Pape says:

    Wouldn’t the solution to this whole problem be to implant the chip in your LEFT hand?

  3. buffalodavid says:

    I’ll say it straight out. Why should I worry about anything that the Bible predicts will happen in the future, when it has such a bad track record of the past?

    As in : the earth was created BEFORE the sun. night and day were created three days before the sun was. Gen 1:11

    Or just basic scientific facts are just wrong. Pi is eaqual to three Kings 7:23 and Chronicles 4:12 ; the earth is flat Psalms 33:14-15 Mathew 4:8

    I could go on and on and on.

    But I won’t

  4. AB CD says:

    Hasn’t John Dvorak been saying the same thing about RFID?

  5. buffalodavid says:

    I’m sorry, I forgot my favorite. Men have one more rib that women. Gen 2:23-24 Can any of these people count? They have the same!

  6. William Wise says:

    When my grandmother complains that the RFID tag we’re inserting into her neck to keep track of her if she wanders away from the nursing home is really the mark of the beast I’m going to tell her:

    “Look Grandma, it was your generation that failed to stop the issuance of Social Security Numbers. That was surely mark of the beast 1.0 and you sold yourself and us, your own children, down the river when you signed on to that program. So don’t give me any of this crap about how you can’t buy and can’t sell without an RFID chip!”

    How easy is it buy and sell without a SSN these days? Hmmm?


  7. Mike Voice says:

    Albrecht hopes her new book… will be embraced by the millions of Americans … who share her belief that the Book of Revelation in the Bible forecasts events that are yet to come.

    Besides making money off people’s fears [ “embraced” = purchased ], why is she “sounding the alarm”?

    Since she believes this prophecy will come true, why isn’t she happy God’s plan for us will happen in her lifetime?? 🙂

  8. Jon K says:

    Actually, *A* Christian called them the Mark of the Beast.

    I’m a Christian, but I didn’t say anything about it. Let’s not generalize.

  9. Clay Powers says:

    It appears that if a person believes what the bible says about Jesus then they are instantly labeled as ignorant because they must claim to understand everything that it says. I am a follower but I don’t claim to have answers to the questions like buffalodavid poses in a former post. I do know that Jesus is real. I can see evidence of him in my own life and others around me. I am disappointed when I see Christians represented by people like this or Pat Robertson. The worst part is the doom factor most Christians bring to the table. Jesus is about changing lives now not only for preparation of our death. “I have come that they may have life , and have it to the full.” John 10:10

  10. Floyd says:

    Actually, I’ll guess that the real Jesus, were he around today, would be pretty disgusted at the religions–thousands of them–that have been established, each claiming they have the one true interpretation of the gospels and other books written by people who (with the exception of John, who is more of a mystic) never even met him.

  11. Bruce IV says:

    in response to the arguments of buffalodavid: 1) Get your Biblical references straight: that’s I Kings 7:23 and II Chronicles 4:2-5 2) Pi is equal to 3.14 … if he’d managed to look beyond his (unfounded) dogma he would have noticed the three inch rim on the sea (II Chronicles 4:5) – counting circumference as the inside of the rim, and diameter as the distance from the outside surface of the rim to the opposite outside surface Pi ends up as 3.10 (with impercise unit translation factored in, a very accurate value) 3) If I assume that God created the earth, is it such a stretch to believe that He can see it all w/out it being flat? 4) Where does it say that since one of Adam’s ribs was used in Eve’s creation that all men afterwards would be short a rib? 5) On what basis does he say that the earth and night and day were created after the sun? Surely not science, as science deals with the observable and repeatable …. he must be working off, hmm … FAITH (in the evolutionary/big bang worldview)

  12. Carmi says:

    Excuse me while I head downstairs to disconnect my sinning Wi-Fi router, my Godless webcam and my going-to-hell wireless keyboard.

    I’m sure the Lord Almighty would agree that these are surely heathen technologies. And I am a heathen for using them.


  13. Edgar B says:

    “How can you trust a book that was written so many hundreds of years ago?” “There are so many contradictions in the scriptures!” Etc., etc.

    I challenge you to actually READ the Bible cpver to cover and discover for yourselves why it is trustworthy. It has an INCREDIBLE track record in the number of prophecies that have come to pass. Read the gospels and check the cross-references that point to the Old Testament shadows of the actual occurences found in the life of Christ.

    “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life.” (John 5:39,40).

  14. After we die are we really dead?

  15. Mike says:

    Bring it on. It’s about time we freaked out the Bible-thumpers.

  16. Emery says:

    John is more devilish than than he is the devil. RFID is a technology that can be abused. If it can be abused, it will be abused. I read somewhere that FRID tags can be thwarted with Duck Tape.

    RFID has been touted as the next Big Thing for manufacturing. I predict that the next Big Thing will be a device that disables RFID chips. If someobody makes something that works well, somebody can make something to break it.

    Edgar B hit it on the mark. I also agree with Jon K.

  17. david says:

    It was all down hill after the first great technological advance 10,000 years ago: spoken words.

    Words have been abused ever since. We barely can handle words and their effectiveness in manipulating, controlling and dominating people, how are we to deal with higher advances of technology. Seriously, I think the only people to survive the next fall of Earth’s “civilization” are the Amish. If technology ends tomorrow, how do you feed yourself? Do you know how to plow a field? Didn’t think so. You die.

  18. KG says:

    it was only a matter of time

  19. Sean says:

    Oh, those crazy Christians!

  20. sharp says:

    Wayne, the rapture happens after the final 7 years, not before. Also, when creation was created, all the heavens could be classified as “heaven” as man couldn’t reach either of them, and didn’t until about 50 years ago.

  21. Thomas says:


    I challenge you to actually READ the horoscopes in the newspaper cover to cover and discover for yourselves why they are trustworthy. They have an INCREDIBLE track record in the number of prophecies that have come to pass.

    [insert sarcasm here]

  22. Chuck says:

    “I haven’t heard much talk about RFID passports since.”

    They are still rolling them out. The diplomat passports already have them, with the regular passport to follow later this year.

  23. david says:

    I have the mark of the beast:

    my penis measures 6.66 inches.

  24. GregAllen says:

    Chuck >> They are still rolling them out. The diplomat passports already have them, with the regular passport to follow later this year.

    Do you know if they solved the problem of people setting up secret RFID readers and stealing the information?

  25. Chuck says:

    The chips in the passpots are passive, so they must be read with the readers that send power to the chip. So, somone could still conceivably get the data if they get close enough to you or have a sufficently amplified reader device.

    I’m thinking starting a tinfoil wallet company. 😉

  26. pete says:

    Indeed the world has become accustomed to villainizing God’s children( not everyone is a child of God) and mocking scripture. It is doubtful that many of those who ridicule the Bible will understand nevermind read the truth for themselves until they are faced with the horrible reality that they cannot eat or buy anything without a microchip in their bodies. The consequence of this is mentioned in the Bible as well. You can make fun of the Lord all you want until it is time to pay for the things you say and do. Many celltower builders for your cellphones are now making it mandatory for the antenna installers to wear insulated suits to protect them from harmful micro and radiowaves. It will come to pass you can be sure.


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