Mark of the beast?

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filmmaker

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Hindi
"If you're in L.A., a bus pass is like the mark of the beast. You'll never escape that stigma, so don't risk it. Get someone to drive you, or walk."

What is the mark of the beast means?

Thanks.
 
  • GreenWhiteBlue

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    USA - English
    It is a reference to a concept in the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation in the New Testament portion of the Christian Bible. You may understand it here as a sign or a symbol that indicates you are among those who have rejected God and accepted evil. Clearly, it is being used here as humorous hyperbole, with the idea being that in car-focused Los Angeles, the regular and habitual use of public transportation would be considered something shameful and disgraceful.
     

    Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    I'm not a Christian so I can't comment accurately on the meaning of the phrase, which appears in translation in the bible, Revelation 13:1–.
    My understanding is that a person with 'the mark of the beast' is a 'creature of the devil', that's to say. 'belongs to the devil' and as such damned to hell forever.
    The writer is comparing people who use buses in Los Angeles to non-Christian, evil and doomed devil worshippers. In other words, such people are 'losers'.
    It's supposed to be funny. It isn't. It's simply a vicious comment about bus users. Who wrote it?
     

    filmmaker

    Senior Member
    Hindi
    It was written by Camille Landau and Tiare White (Author of the book 'What they don't teach you at film school').

    Thank you everyone for your replies.
     

    MarcB

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    US English
    It is a reference to a concept in the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation in the New Testament portion of the Christian Bible. You may understand it here as a sign or a symbol that indicates you are among those who have rejected God and accepted evil. Clearly, it is being used here as humorous hyperbole, with the idea being that in car-focused Los Angeles, the regular and habitual use of public transportation would be considered something shameful and disgraceful.
    As tricolors said, although in cities such as London and NY taking the bus might be normal in LA there is a stigma. If you want to break into the film business everything is image.
     
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