People’s dependence on smartphones and modern technology could bring about the coming of the Antichrist, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned.
But the BBC has reported that Russian social media users largely responded with humour and skepticism to the warning.
According to the BBC, some even accused the church of serving the regime of President Vladimir Putin
Speaking to Russian state TV, Patriarch Kirill said smartphone users should be careful when using the “worldwide web of gadgets” because it represented “an opportunity to gain global control over mankind”.
“The Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the worldwide web, controlling all of humankind,” he said.
“Every time you use your gadget, whether you like it or not, whether you turn on your location or not, somebody can find out exactly where you are, exactly what your interests are and exactly what you are scared of,” Patriarch Kirill told Rossiya 1.
“If not today, then tomorrow methods and technology could appear that will not just provide access to all information but will also allow the use of this information.
“Do you imagine what power will be concentrated in the hands of those who gain knowledge about what is going on in the world?
“Such control from one place forebodes the coming of the Antichrist.”