Is having your pets microchipped the same as accepting the mark of the beast?

Can I be forgiven for this?

Revelation 13:1 - 18

ESV - 1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.

Clarify Share Report Asked January 22 2021 Mini Anonymous

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that the owning of animals as pets (even though they could be regarded as "beasts") in this life and world, as well as actions taken in caring for them, have no connection or significance (literal or symbolic) with the Beast, or with his actions mentioned in the end-times narrative contained in the book of Revelation, nor do they require forgiveness in any sense.

In fact, in my opinion, having pets microchipped would be both a commendable sign of love for them (so that they can be found more easily in the event of becoming lost) and an exercise in responsible ownership, since it decreases the chance that they will become a stray and be involved in incidents where they could be harmed, or possibly cause harm to others with whom they are not familiar.

(Even though animals might not be regarded as having been created in God's image in the same way that humans were, various prominent Christian commentators throughout history (including Martin Luther, C. S. Lewis, and Billy Graham) have suggested that, because of the love, happiness, and companionship that pets (and, in particular, dogs) offer to humans in this life, they may continue to be present with their Christian owners in eternity based on the saving faith of those owners.)(https://pethelpful.com/pet-ownership/Do-Dogs-Go-to-Heaven-Will-We-See-Dogs-in-Heaven)

January 22 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Kenneth Rumbarger Bible-believing Christian, degrees in Russian and IT
I don't believe that you need to have any concern about having sinned if you had a pet microchipped. Or about having committed the sin of "accepting the Mark of the Beast."

First and foremost, until the Great Tribulation is in progress and a charismatic world leader is demanding that you accept a tattoo or other permanent mark on your hand or forehead to signify your acceptance of his leadership, the Mark of the Beast does not exist. Second, the Mark has to be upon you. Anything on or in your pet's body is irrelevant. 

Note, however, the parts of the passage about nobody being allowed to buy or sell unless they had the Mark. If we start having pilot projects to microchip people, especially if the chips are for use in commercial transactions, (which I suspect would be a chief point of persuasion of not being able to lose plastic cards or have them stolen), then I would have questions about it spiritually.

January 26 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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