In Great Debates, we had a thread called “Pandemic opens the door to the mark of the Beast in Revelation.”
It is a prevalent belief among some Christian circles that there will some day rise a tyrant with global power who will require all people to have a special mark on their right hand or forehead - and that without this mark, one will not be allowed to buy or sell.
Some relevant Scripture is as follows:
This Mark of the Beast has been the subject of countless conspiracy theories and endless speculation for many years.
Now, the vast majority of people worldwide do not ascribe to this belief - either because they are not Christian, or, although being Christian, do not believe in a futurist/literal interpretation of Revelation. But, I was curious to ask around: For non-Christian Dopers, suppose there were some day some bar code or digital chip, or the number 666, or tattoo/mark that became universally required of everyone in order to buy or sell - would you feel any trepidation about having such a mark put on your body? (Not necessarily for theological reasons, but also for civil-rights, political, Big Brother/Orwellian concerns or any other such reservations)