The Bible is not something you’d instantly associate with. But yesterday, someone left a biblical message on its blockchain: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Bitcoin (and other blockchains) allow users to include any message with their transactions. These are immutable and private, like the transactions themselves, and cannot be censored in any manner due to the design of blockchains.
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The quote is now a part of Bitcoin forever. As per biblical meaning guide Bibref, it has been interpreted by religious scholars to mean living for the good of others, being honest to oneself, and to overcome evil with good. It serves as a nod to Bitcoin’s core ethos—that of providing a fair, inclusive monetary system for all.
The uplifting message was, ironically, imprinted exactly at block height 666,666, the so-called “Mark of the Beast” in the holy book and a number associated with the devil or the antichrist.
But the religious touches didn’t end there. As the below image shows, the alphanumeric addresses that received the contained the words “GoD” and “BibLE,” suggesting that whoever sent the transaction planned the entire thing out carefully, instead of it being a coincidence.
The transaction was one of the 2,728 transactions included in block height 666,666 block, which overall netted 0.5 BTC ($18,500) in fees for miners.