Zingcreed: thinking aloud about religion – a personal polemic by Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.
LAUGH OUT LOUD #1 : “Maths proves the pope is satan!”
You have to Laugh Out Loud at some of the statements released by some Christian organisations – if you didn’t laugh you’d probably cry!
Let’s start with the Life Link, not a very ecumenical bunch (i). Their colourful 4-page A4 leaflet entitled “Prophecy and World History” (no author, no date) is sabbatarian and sounds like it comes from the Seventh-day Adventist stable.
Under the heading “The mark of the beast” (don’t you love it already?) they quote Revelation (where else?) 13:18 “Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” They then explain to us “The man who stands at the top of the papal (antichristian) hierarchy is none other than the pope. His official title is ‘VICARIUS FILII DEI’ meaning ‘Representative of the Son of God’ (Our Sunday Visitor 4-18-1915). In Latin some letters have a numerical value. The corresponding numerical values of this official title, when added, show the number of the beast to be 666.”
Well, that settles it then!
The poor old pope has the same number as “the beast” and therefore must BE this self same beast. I wonder if anyone has told him? Perhaps he should drop this particular title and stick with one of the others, e.g. PONTIFEX MAXIMUS.
Try as I might I could find nothing on the web about numerical equivalents of letters in the roman alphabet, at least not for the letters A, E, F, R and S. Fortunately the pamphlet provided this for me – they’re all rated zero.
V/U=5, I=1, C=100, L=50, D=500, A, E, F, R and S =0; so Vicarius = 112, Filii = 53, Dei = 501.
Grand total 112+53+501 = 666.
OMG, they’re right!! The pope is the devil after all!!!
“Prophecy and World history” Life Link, PO Box 694, London E5 8TX