Man thinking hand has mark of the beast, cuts it off and microwaves it.

And, for some strange reason, people think he’s crazy:

HAYDEN, Idaho (AP)—A man who believed he bore the biblical “mark of the beast” used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then he cooked it in the microwave and called 911, authorities said.

The man, in his mid-20s, was calm when Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies arrived Saturday. He was in protective custody in the mental health unit of Kootenai Medical Center.

“It had been somewhat cooked by the time the deputy arrived,” sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger said. “He put a tourniquet on his arm before, so he didn’t bleed to death. That kind of mental illness is just sad.”

There are a lot of people out there who claim to believe every word in the Bible as being literally true. That Bible contains passages about the mark of the beast and where it might show up (head and hand) and it also says what to do if a part of your body (hand) causes you to sin (cut it off). Based on all of that and assuming that A) this guy really believes those passages to be The Truth™ and B) this guy really believed his hand had the mark of the beast on it then his action C) of cutting it off was a perfectly rational act. Microwaving it was probably unnecessary, but then perhaps he’d recently watched Evil Dead and wanted to make sure his hand didn’t come back to haunt him. When you consider that he had the presence of mind to put a tourniquet on prior to cutting his hand off then there’s really no reason to think he’s nuts.

And yet people do. How strange is that?

15 thoughts on “Man thinking hand has mark of the beast, cuts it off and microwaves it.

  1. Religion Induced Self Mutilation (RISM) should be encouraged.  We need to see more posts about RISM involving marks on the head.

  2. I think he’s nuts, but them I’m a atheist.  DOes Pat Robinson think he’s nuts? If so isn’t that a little hypocritical – “Do what the bible says, unless it’s nuts”.

  3. The fact that most Christians think this guy is nuts proves that deep down, they really don’t believe their own bullshit stories.

  4. It really scares me that this nutjob is in the whacko ward, anybody who hears voices is there too.  But the Pastor-in-Chief heard voices telling him to invade Iraq and everybody followed him!



  5. Mark 9:43 (King James Version)

    43And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

    For some reason I can’t get the Bible Gateway site to remember that I only want to see that scrip’tur in the one true version.  Have to set manually ev’ry time to KJV.

    Maybe the microwave was the closest thing to hellfire he could think of for that evil hand.  Is hell a giant microwave?

  6. Is hell a giant microwave?

    I can’t see how it could be, considering how microwaves actually cook stuff.  Seems like there would need to be too much water in hell.  Either that, or some really, really powerful microwaves…maybe hell uses gamma rays?

  7. It could be that the microwave was the act of one even more rational than people credit. The chap might have realised that, unless action was taken, he could have been taken to hospital and had the hand reattached. By nuking the offending appendage, he effectively pre-empted any essaying to restore it to his body on the part of the unholy powers of secular medicine.

  8. I wonder how long he nuked the hand for? After cutting of a hand you have to be pretty pumped up, full of adrenaline, and then be like, “Shit how long?” I get flustered when I walk up to the microwave with a bag of popcorn. But I’m thinking 10 minutes would do…

  9. Actually getting the Mark is considered irreversible, something like blaspheming the Sacred Spook. Once it was on his hand, that was it, there was no going back. Mark 9:43 would not apply.

    So it doesn’t even make sense from a biblical perspective.

  10. I wonder how long he nuked the hand for? After cutting of a hand you have to be pretty pumped up, full of adrenaline,

    Well, if the time setting was on a dial then about half the maximum- what you can turn with one flick of the wrist.  If keypad I’m guessing something like 11 minutes 11 seconds, 22m 22s- just puch the same number 4 times.  55:55 is my bet- right in the middle, so the focus would be there.

    I’m rationalising this… I’m going to bed!

  11. What I don’t get is why he called 911 and effectively handed himself over – I mean if he thought everything was fine, he could’ve just leave it be or go to hospital himself to get it cleaned up

    And yes, punish someone in eternal hell just because of a blemish on their physical hand in life

  12. Oooh! I think I figured out why he microwaved the hand.  He was really confused about cauterization.

  13. He cut off his hand? How will he pray for a new hand?
    (Trick question. God hates amputees.)

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