An oldie but a goodie, from Christianity Today:
A plan by the Russian government to give every citizen a tax identification number has alarmed many Orthodox Christians who fear that the numbers, along with bar codes, are hostile to the Christian faith.
Discussions about the possible introduction of social security cards with bar codes have added to the growing concern here. All bar codes developed according to the international UPS standard include three pairs of parallel lines which critics suggest could represent the number 666. According to the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, 666 is the “number of the beast” (Revelation 13:18). The “beast” is also widely seen as the “Antichrist,” whose coming is predicted in the New Testament, along with a series of disasters and the death of Christian believers.
Although many computer experts reject suggestions that the parallel lines represent 666 or the Antichrist, many Russian Orthodox Christians are deeply afraid of the bar codes. They are also worried that tax numbers allocated to all citizens would replace their baptismal names.
We here in the U.S. have been struggling with the introduction of the antichrist to the aisles of our supermarkets for years. For a long time, I have to admit, I suspected that Count Chocula was the antichrist — or possibly that Lucky Charms guy.