July 23, 2014

Orthodox Churches Object to National Identity Cards

First of all, let’s dispense with the pejoratives:

Conservative and nationalist wings within the churches have held demonstrations in Athens and Moscow and claim that the cards will compromise national and religious identity. Many have gone so far as to say that identity numbers such as 666 are the “mark of the beast” from the Book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament.

Archimandrite Iannuarii Ivliev, a professor of biblical studies at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy told the May edition of Neskuchny Sad, a Russian Orthodox magazine, that the obsession with symbols such as 666 are the result of a primitive interpretation of the Book of Revelation.

All that might be true, but it is beside the point. Let’s examine instead the salient point:

Patriarch Kirill II of the Russian Orthodox Church told a meeting of the Bishop’s Council of the Russian Orthodox in February that “the church understands the position of people who do not wish to be subject to control that makes it possible to gather all-encompassing information about their private life, and could in the long-term be used to discriminate against citizens based on their world view.”

I’m with Pat. Kirill on this one. Why would Europeans want to relinquish all their private information to EU bureaucrats? Think of it this way: Do Americans want all their health information open to committees of bureaucrats appointed by such people as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, or Barbara Boxer and the like? I don’t. And what happens if radical secularists gain control of the government? What happens if the moral foundation of culture is inverted and Christian values are outlawed, and action against the outlaws will appear the rationale and sane action to take? This is precisely Pat. Kirill’s warning and it is one we need to think long and hard about.

Source: The Christian Century | Sophia Kishkovsky

Moscow, April 26 (ENInews)–The Russian and Greek Orthodox churches are objecting to plans in both countries to introduce electronic national identity cards intended to streamline bureaucracy and, in the case of Greece, facilitate integration into the European Union.

Church officials are demanding close study of the cards and asking that authorities make them optional. They say that the personal and financial information that would be consolidated on the microchips in the cards could be manipulated to discriminate against believers.

In an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta, an official government newspaper, earlier this month, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department of External Church Relations, said: “Credit cards, which a person uses to take money from a bank machine or for payment in a store, are one thing, but a personal card in which all the information about a person’s life and activities will be entered, about his bank accounts, health and travels is a different matter. These are different grades of state control over people.”

Conservative and nationalist wings within the churches have held demonstrations in Athens and Moscow and claim that the cards will compromise national and religious identity. Many have gone so far as to say that identity numbers such as 666 are the “mark of the beast” from the Book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament.

At a demonstration in Moscow on 16 April, Orthodox nationalists joined forces with members of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. The Communists also oppose the Universal Electronic Card (UEC), which is scheduled to be introduced in Russia next year.

Segodnia.ru, an Internet publication that often covers religious and nationalist issues, commenting on the demonstration, said, “the introduction of the UEC makes it possible to build an unheard of, super-totalitarian electronic dictatorship, in which each individual person becomes a remote-controllable bio-object, for all practical purposes a robot with a bar code on his body or a microchip implanted under his skin.”

Patriarch Kirill II of the Russian Orthodox Church told a meeting of the Bishop’s Council of the Russian Orthodox in February that “the church understands the position of people who do not wish to be subject to control that makes it possible to gather all-encompassing information about their private life, and could in the long-term be used to discriminate against citizens based on their world view.”

On 27 March, thousands of Greek Orthodox priests, monks, nuns and lay people marched through Athens to the Greek parliament building in protest.

In April, the Synod of Bishops of the Church of Greece expressed its concern about the cards and said it would hold meetings with top government officials. Metropolitan Prokopios of Philippi, Neapolis and Thasos, who chairs the synod’s committee on dogmatic and canonical questions, reported that as a result of preliminary talks with the Greek government, the church had received assurances that, among other things, the numerals 666 would not appear in the cards in any form.

Archimandrite Iannuarii Ivliev, a professor of biblical studies at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy told the May edition of Neskuchny Sad, a Russian Orthodox magazine, that the obsession with symbols such as 666 are the result of a primitive interpretation of the Book of Revelation.

“Many years of atheism and the ban on all Christian education has had a poisonous effect,” he said. “Several generations of people have grown up whose religious consciousness, through no fault of their own, is on the most primitive level. They are baptized, but unfortunately not enlightened by the light of Christ’s Gospel … They think that they are under siege from all sides by ‘demonic forces.’”

He said the Bishop’s Council of the Russian Orthodox Church asked the government to make electronic forms of identification optional.

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    Greek and Russian Orthodox Church worshipers should refuse to take part in any aspects of national identity cards.

    Such cards are a flagrant violation of an individual’s confidential information, in addition to denying a person his civil rights.

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      George Michalopulos says:

      George, I completely agree with you. This is an abomination. Why does any government need this kind of information?

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    Eliot Ryan says:

    http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/qa3.htm

    Passport with a chip

    Starting from January this year a new passport has been introduced in Romania which contains a chip. Elder Justin Parvu, martyr of the Communist jails, has launched an appeal to the clergy and faithful, asking the refusal of this passport, which would contain the number 666. This was the start of several debates and speculations, which have not been solved yet.

    Elder Arsenie Papacioc said at the beginning that it was too soon to start worrying about this subject, but his statement was considered to be contradictory to that of Elder Justin and, probably wanting to avoid confusion, he changed his mind and said that these passports should be rejected and that he had not thought that these times would come so soon. Another confessor of the Communist jails, Elder Adrian Fagetean (96) also advised the faithful to reject these documents.

    The synod of the Metropolitanate of Cluj, lead by the elderly Metropolitan Bartholomew, stated two weeks ago, that these passports were an offence to human dignity.

    On the other hand the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church decided that the new passports had no spiritual influence on Christians and the spokesman of the Patriachate even said, that he would be one of the first to have such a passport!!! I mention that Metropolitan Bartholomew did not take part in the meeting of the Holy Synod and rumours say that police confined him at his residence in order to prevent him from taking part in the meeting of the synod. Asked by a journalist in a phone call about the decision of the synod he said: “I don’t know anything. I’m isolated in my resindence and no information has reached me.”

    What is the situation in the UK? I cannot imagine that Romania is the only country to introduce electronic documents.

    On the other hand, what should we do about these documents? The government even plans to introduce new ID cards with this chip starting from 2011. In the book of Revelation it is written that apostasy will take place through accepting the number of the beast on the right hand or on the forehead. I myself have a banking card with a chip, but honestly I do not feel like being sealed. I’m aware that this is just the beginning of the process of introducing the chips under the skin, as has been broadcast on CNN, but how far can we go?

    Catalin
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    This same question has been posed in all Orthodox countries and it has always been divisive. On the one hand, we can see that all this is leading to Antichrist, as is prophesied in the Book of Revelation. On the other hand, can it be resisted? I think that we should try to resist PEACEFULLY and at least try to delay its introduction, but we should know that sooner or later it will be introduced, as prophesied.

    At present, at least, these chips will not stop us practising our Faith and saving our souls.

    There is a subtle trap of the devil here; some who resist these chips turn to violence and leave the Church, saying that the Synod has been completely corrupted by the Romanian State and EU money. This is a great mistake. We should not let this question take over our lives, making it into an obsession.

    Fr Andrew

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    cynthia curran says:

    Well, in some manuscripts I read it was 616 instead of 666. Anyway, since the book of revelation mentions about seven hills it might also refer to the anti-christ type in the first century either Nero or Domination. Domination was thought of as an anti-christ even in Procopius the writers time in his secret history he compares the emperor Justinian who he hated to Domination in appear. Also, it might as Elliot and others believe refer to someone in the present.

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    Eliot Ryan says:

    Microchips in humans have become reality

    This Bio-Microchip is a computer microchip that is both a transponder and a receiver. In other words, this microchip constantly sends out a signal that can be picked up by tracking stations, and it can be changed millions of times with technology similar to that of UPC Code technology, thus allowing it to be used for financial and personal transactions throughout the lifetime of the individual. This microchip will send out a signal constantly throughout every day that will uniquely identify that person and his/her whereabouts. There will be no way a person can hide from authorities once this new microchip is installed. However, to be able to send out this constant signal, this microchip must be powered by a most unique battery — one that is constantly recharged by the human body.

    This highly advanced battery is constantly being recharged by the heat fluctuations that the human body emits throughout every day. Therefore, as long as the person lives, the battery is constantly charged. As researchers were developing this battery, they were wrestling with the question as to which parts of the body would be most ideal in planting this Bio-Microchip. Which parts of the body would be most efficient in keeping the battery the most ideally charged? Researchers spent $1.5 million to discover the answer to this most important practical question. After all, one could not have hundreds of thousands of personal microchips running out of power. After much research, scientists concluded that there were two equally ideal parts of the body which would keep this biology powered battery fully charged.

    And which parts of the body did they name? Students of Biblical prophecy could have saved these scientific researchers a lot of money. We simply could have referred them to Revelation 13:16-17, where our Lord Jesus Christ revealed to the Apostle John that the right hand and the forehead would be the places where the mark would be implanted. Yes, these scientific researchers discovered that the human body had two parts which were equally efficient in keeping this biological battery powered — the right hand and the forehead. They even discovered that the left hand is not as efficient as the right hand in keeping this battery powered, because heat fluctuations are greater in the right hand for reasons they do not fully understand. Doesn’t it build your faith when you see instances such as these where God has acted to ensure that even the smallest detail of His prophecies are fulfilled!
    This wonderful instance of small details being important to God brings to mind His bold proclamation in Isaiah 34:16, where God says, “Seek you out of the book of the LORD, and read: not one of these (details of prophecy) shall fail.

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    Macedonia74 says:

    US Passports are biometric as well, and for all intents and purposes, anyone who owns a Iphone on/Smart phone is being tracked.

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    Michael Bauman says:

    The spirit of the anti-Christ is alive and awake in all of the ‘Christians’ who long for salvation without the Cross, who long for eternity without judgement and live a life of practical atheism in which the material and the created are idolized.

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    “At a demonstration in Moscow on 16 April, Orthodox nationalists joined forces with members of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.”

    Frankly, are they out of their minds? Don’t they have any sense of who their enemies are? This is pretty much like a group of Jews joining forces with the Nazi.

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