The Devil's Number 666 — Triple the Luck in China.

There's a couple of verses, Revelation 13:16-18 in the New International version of the Bible that has made so many people believe the number 666 is related to the Devil. Here it is:

He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on the forehead so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.

The number has had many conspiracy theorists spinning their heads because there is more than one interpretation for these few lines. Many believe that the last three bars of bar codes, of all retail goods are the secret number for the Devil and for some reason will be activated when and if the Devil deems it's the time to come forward, and take control of the world. Trying to convert a believer of this theory makes one believe they are part of the problem not the solution.

If this is any consolation; the number 666 doesn't occur as much as the number 13. It's not uncommon for someone with the marker on his future gravesite to request a new number. But for some Chinese the number 666 is a lucky charm. The number 6 is considered one of their luckiest numbers, let alone three of them, having triple the good luck. To them it sounds like the word they use for flowing or smooth, so they take it to mean life will go smoothly.  

Leave it to the Chinese, turning something so negative into something so positive, talk about turning a lemon into lemonade, after all it's just a number, the Devil has no claims on it!

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