We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Overpopulation, Part 1

In 1798, The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus wrote a book that would alter the course of humanity forever. This book, An Essay on the Principal of Population, theorized that Europe was becoming overpopulated. Malthus theorized that if the population continued to grow, there would be a huge food shortage which would lead to famine and starvation.

Now, in the 21st century, we see how governments and organizations like the United Nations have used Malthus’s theory to scare the world into a state of underpopulation. According to the research from the world’s leading scholars on demography, worldwide birth rates have declined by more than 50% in the past 30 years. Current research by the United Nations population division reveals that the entire world could lack replacement fertility rates by 2030…but their prediction falls short, because as can be seen in the present worldwide economic unrest, the underpopulation crisis is already upon us.

Without a younger workforce, economic growth is not sustainable, particularly as an older workforce moves toward retirement, removing their investments as well as investing less, and becoming more dependent upon government programs. In 2009 the United States experienced this same economic shift as baby boomers reached retirement age and not enough youth to replace them.

In order to repopulate a nation, families must bear slightly more on average than 2.13 children per family. In some countries, such as China, the majority of couples are only allowed to have one child. In India the number of couples opting to have one child has doubled in just one decade. To further compound this problem, the United Nations has instituted mandatory birth control and sterilization programs in many third world countries.

Of all the European nations, NONE have fertility rates high enough to replace the existing population. Italy’s fertility rate is 1.2. Spain’s fertility rate is 1.1, Japan’s is 1.37, and Russia’s is 1.54. These are just several examples. While some will point out that the world population is larger now than ever before, the sobering truth is that this is caused by people living longer (in their old age) and NOT by a rapid growth in population caused by the birth of more children!

In Genesis 1:28, God gives Adam and Eve the mandate to “be fruitful and multiply.” In modern times, we are learning that God gave us this command for a reason!

Published in: on December 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm  Comments (3)