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2 Sam 24:1 says God was the inspiration, 1 Chr 21:1 says Satan was.
There is no contradiction in the Septuagint (the version Jesus read from in the Temple), as both its references say that Satan instigated it. So I side with the Septuagint reading, because of its agreement.
Note that after David was deceived by Satan to take the census a plague was sent by God.
According to census figures the world population hit 6,666,666,666 in May, 2008.
There are other types of censuses too, like the Federal-State Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which all tell their own sad stories.
Here are some responses that can be offered to Census Agents questions:
“No such Persons at this location.”
(They are looking for State and Federal Residents and we should not be counted among such people.)
[Being called a Resident is an Office we do not want to fall into.]
Tell them you renounce being a U.S. Citizen.
(We should often be renouncing even any implied earthly national citizenship’s.)
Tell any ‘would be’ census takers that no person’s here take part in their worldly census.
(The word “person” has been brought down to use from the idea of an actors persona, and we ought not to be going around acting, that is, being a hypocrite.)
Should a Census form find its way through the mail to you, don’t open it. If you opened it, reseal it. On the front, write, “No residents at this address.” Then send it back.
If the Census Bureau telephones you, simply say, “Nobody is here to answer your questions.” If questions persist just repeat the idea over, “I’m sorry, there is no one here to answer your questions.”
The government considers us all criminals until we accept their contract (papers and/or plastic), because without such things they have no justification for abusing/persecuting us. If we accept the governments requirements then we are abusing ourselves. So if it makes the government feel better let them Try us for our Faith to see if our Faith is True, for it is better to be abused for Righteousness sake than as Sinners.
If we are to take a stand for what is right we must renounce the desire to be a Subject Citizen of worldly nations, we ought to seek the protection that comes from Above.
May we practice good things so that we are ready the next time we are faced with such a situation.
I did find this Diary of a Census Resister.
Lying is inherently evil, but Rahab the Arab protected the men of God from capture by deception for a good cause. This noble act saved her and her family, nobody would fault her for it. She repented and never needed to be deceptive ever again, once they all were able to join and live with God’s people. So there are indeed exceptions. It is just like how Israel spoiled Egypt before fleeing, it is wrong to steal, but not from the enemies of God. There are numerous other good examples of this illustrated for us throughout all time, if we take a look at it.
The government is greatly lying with money, taxes and other fictions of law and are worse than any white lie to save our lives. Sometimes even a limited lie cannot be used to save our own skin. Being led of God is what I am talking about.
So it is best not to go along with wickedness, we are guilty by participation if we assist and agree to be and rest with such things. It is better to ruin the whole show than to be a part of it.
Pro 23:1-3 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
There is such a thing as pious fraud or moral lying. The Lord Jesus Christ told a parable in Lk 16:1-9 that advocates shrewd and deceptive business practices for the sake of the Kingdom.
1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
There was a Wall Street Journal article from August 8, 1989 by James Bouvard that headlined,
“HONESTY MAY NOT BE YOUR BEST CENSUS POLICY”
Here is the U.S. Census Law, if anyone is interested, it looks like there are fines of $100 to $500 for violating this law:
Man’s laws are arbitrary and are becoming more oppressive, so be mindful of that.
In 1960 two people were prosecuted for resisting the census, one person in 1970, I am not certain about the other censuses. In 1980 it was 83% of households that voluntarily mailed back their census forms, in 1990 only 78%. The more intrusive government becomes, the less information it will get. It is said that if you do not fill out the form the officials will fill it out themselves by asking your neighbors.
I know of some Old Believers who live in a rather distant location and were visited by a Census worker doing work in advance. The worker said there was this mail box out at the highway and that they needed information about it. The response the Old Believer gave was that they do not do the Census, saying further that they did not believe in it. The worker walked away saying they would be back. So now the Old Believer has decided to simply remove the mail box so as not to attract anything further. There are other ways to get postal items. I believe it was the Post Office who had been given charge to keep track of people and where they go. In my many talks with the Old Believers at this location with the mail box I mentioned how the Postal System was not good , and they completely agree. Be encouraged by these things, knowing that there are some Old Believers who do in fact reject the idea of the Census. For centuries governments have had difficult times counting the Old Believers, now is no different. I would refer to the this chapter of The Russians’ Secret, Nonconformity.
There are Old Believers in the USA that do not have running water, all the water I use here is carried by hand and I do not use much. The chemicals so often used with flush toilets are contaminating and destroying this world. The Fifth Amendment is supposed to assure that those in the USA can be secure in their homes, they do not have to answer the door if they do not want to.
Here is the latest edition of the Census form from the official government web site, this replaces previous questionnaires. One of the questions asks if you have a flush toilet.
Here is a letter from the government that we might get if we chose not to answer the above questionnaire which is required by law.
William the Conqueror ordered a great survey which spared no one and there was no appeal from it. William wanted to insure that he was getting all his taxes from everyone. It was completed in 1086. It was called The Doomsday Book (or Domesday Book) and recorded how much land everyone owned and how many people worked there. The numbering of animals, pastures, mills and fish ponds were also included.