The number 666 is based on a Hebrew system of numerology called "Gematria" and refers to the sinfulness of man, as well as the rise of the "Beast," or Satan, as Jesus Christ prepares to return to Earth. It is mentioned in the last book of the New Testament, "Revelation."Know More
Gematria is a system of numerology in which every letter of the Hebrew alphabet is assigned a numerical value and special meaning. For example, the number one refers to God who is complete in and of Himself. Seven is the number of completion because the Bible states that God created the world in seven days. Six is one less than seven and is therefore incomplete. Human beings were also made on the sixth day of creation. Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, choosing to sin by doing what God forbade them to do, the number six is also associated with sin, particularly the sinful nature of human beings.
It was Satan, or the devil (in the form of a snake), who enticed Eve into sinning and she enticed Adam, so sin has long been associated with Satan. The Book of Revelation describes the last gasps of Satan, who has, since the beginning of time, sought to take over the world. Revelation 13:18 states: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." This is the King James Version and "threescore" is an archaic English version of 60. So, 666 is the sign of the devil because the number six represents sin and man's incompleteness.Learn more about Christianity
Jesus Christ, also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is a central figure of Christianity and is believed by most Christian denominations to be the son of God. Many scholars believe that Jesus actually existed, based on historical evidence. However, there is no evidence other than the testament of the Gospels to support his divinity or to verify the miracles that he performed.Full Answer >
To become a born-again Christian, one must profess his sins, accept that Jesus Christ is the son of God who died for man on the cross, ask God's forgiveness and proclaim his new faith. After following these initial steps, however, Christians believe that other steps must be taken in order to maintain faith in God.Full Answer >
According to Christianity, the only thing that God requires of someone to be saved is for him to put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ, claiming His death as the acceptable payment for his sins. A person must recognize who he is before God and trust in the work of Jesus Christ. Because of sin and imperfection, people are separated from God and on the path to death.Full Answer >
Jesus Christ's mission was two-fold: to provide a living example of holy, righteous living and to die to atone for the sins of man committed since Adam's fall, states Baptist pastor Charles Stanley on Jesus.org. God came to save His people by becoming fully man while remaining fully God.Full Answer >