666raptureSo today is full of a bunch of hooey. Someone had the brilliant idea to go and remake the legitimately creepy and good original Omen film and release a new version today, other kooks are predicting the end of days, while an offshore sports book is offering 100,000-to-1 odds that the Earth will end today (Earth is on the good end of those odds, by the way). But if you do bet against the end of the world, a cool $500 will earn you half a penny. All of this begins with Revelation 13:18 in the new testament:

“This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

I guess I must be extra evil, given that I was born with an extra six in my birthdate. But I think this professor has a more sensible outlook on this:

“Many people avoid the number; they’re afraid of it almost and there’s absolutely no reason to be afraid of it,” Just said. “It is not a prediction of future events. It is not supposed to be taken as a timetable for when the world is going to end.” – Rev. Felix Just, Professor of Theology¬† at the University of San Francisco

Sweet! I’ll be goofing off and celebrating my 40th today. Gee – I don’t feel any older, nor do I feel like the antichrist, despite what the Omen suggests.

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