CIS 100

CSIS 100 – Discussion Board Topic #2:
RFIDs:  Good or Evil?
Any technological device can be used for good.  The same device can be used for evil.  
This is true for RFIDs…
On page 142 of your textbook, Wallace discusses some of the uses of RFID chips as sensing technologies.  She says that they are “especially useful in supply chains” as they reduce clerical errors and provide tracking information.
On the other hand, some people have suggested different uses for RFIDs, including the tracking of humans through the use of chip-implants beneath the skin.  For all of the benefits that this potentially brings, could there be hidden dangers as well?  
Some people have likened embedded RFIDs in humans to the mark of the beast as described in Revelation 13:17: “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
If you search the Internet for “Mark of the Beast” and “RFIDs”, you will find a plethora of opinions in blogs and articles on the topic. However, in this paper, it is up to YOU to make up your own mind as you discover whether there is any research that links RFIDs to the mark of the beast.  Note that there is no right or wrong answer to this question as none of us can predict the future.  Seek God’s guidance as you formulate your opinion.  Pray about it, and comb through his Holy Word to discern if there is any linkage between these concepts.  Enjoy this exercise as it is intended only to make you think about technology in our world today and where it may or may not fit into biblical doctrine.
Discussion Board Deliverables
Main Post:
In a minimum of 300 words, create a thread in Module 4’s discussion board forum that answers the question: “Are RFIDs destined to become the mark of the beast?  Why or why not?”
Indicate your position in the title of your post (e.g. “RFIDs are destined to become the mark of the beast” or “RFIDs are NOT destined to become the mark of the beast”).
Naturally, no one, except God Himself, knows the answer to this question. There are no scholarly research articles that prove or disprove this future occurrence. There is only the world we live in today, viewed through the goggles of God’s Holy Word.  Ask yourself, is today’s world representative of the world described by Daniel, Ezekiel, the apostle John, and Jesus himself in their discussions of the last days? Consider what is happening in the middle-east.  Think of our own country and its position on biblical issues. Where are we in terms of prophecy? How does technology fit into the broader scheme of eschatology? These are all areas that you can discuss as you examine the question about whether there is a connection between RFIDs and “the mark”.
Note that the discussion board main thread requires a minimum of two citations.  
Reply to two of your classmates’ threads.  Each reply should contain at least100 wordsand include at least 1 citation. Like your first discussion board replies, each reply should say something meaningful rather than just “Great job…Well-said…I really agree with you…”  Use this as an opportunity to discuss the topic.  This will likely be a heated debate as many people are quite passionate about the topic. Please remember that as you approach these replies, it is fine to hold different opinions, but these differences should always be addressed with kindness.  As you write your replies, remember Christ’s humility, kindness, and love for all of us as he bore our sins on the cross. Model your replies after Jesus’s example.
Reply to classmates: 

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