Another acquaintance spoke up saying that she'd talked to someone who'd referred to 666 as "5+1, another 5+1..., etc."
Those people may think they're somehow being holy by not associating with "the devil's number", and everyone must follow what they think is right.
I really don't think there's a place in Christian faith for this sort of fear. And superstition.
Once again, we're faced with people who don't read the Bible, but only skim through it.
What about Phillipians Chapter Two? "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father"
Or am I wrong in assuming that means that Jesus has more power than the number 6666 upside down?
No, I'm not.
This begins to get into things like the Lordship of Christ. Is God only the God of the church, or of all of creation? Just the other numbers, or of the number 6, as well?
It's almost a kind of idolatry. Idols were pieces of wood, stone, or whatever that were said to have miracle powers, but the Bible is quite clear that in worshipping them, people are only worshipping what their hands have made. In a similar way, to fear "666" as if it has some mystical power all on its own as a set of numbers is simply ignorance.
Study the actual words. Not what you THINK they mean. And that goes for the writer the same as any reader. We cannot assume we know what Christianity is about, or think we remember what the Bible says. Check, check, and check again!
Over and out.