Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ominous signs

Hmm. Last night I dreamed that one of the kids got some new sneakers, and I came slowly to realize that they were evil, and were allowing the devil to possess us. Or something - you know how dream logic works. The weird thing was I started as my normal skeptical self, and got enough evidence to change my worldview on the whole supernatural issue. In the dream I was not only scared because, yanno, The Devil, but freaked out because my universe had been turned upside down. It was really nice to wake up to the real world!

Then today as I returned home from the grocery store, about eight huge crows took flight from my front yard. Is eight an evil number? It might have been more, but it was definitely less than 666.

I'm lucky I'm a rational person. I got a laugh out of this stuff. I know of people who would have taken such events as deadly serious signs of haunting, psychic powers, or demonic possession.


thinkinoutloud said...

I hope you don't mind. I just stumbled across your blog and enjoy reading it periodically. It usually brings me a smile, or causes me to think.:) Speaking of evidence, did you know that whole 666 number is actually called gematria? And it spells Nero?

Cogito said...

Hey, thanks for reading. I looked into gematria, and yeah, it does seem a very reasonable interpretation that the number refers to Nero - especially given that his name in Greek renders the 616 of P115, and the 666 of later copies.

I wonder what the premillennial dispensationalists think of that 616 discovery, by the way.

thinkinoutloud said...

Hmmm, that's a good question. So I looked it up in Revelation Four Views A Parallel Commentary edited by Steve Gregg page 302-307. Interesting.