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 2

In my last article, I shared about global decline in population rates. We saw how fertility rates have been plummeting around the world. For example, Japan has a fertility rate of only 1.39, Russia’s fertility rate is only 1.1 and Greece’s fertility rate is 1.5. As stated previously, a nation needs 2.13 children per family in order to sustain its population. In this follow-up article, we’ll look at the imminent consequences of global decline in fertility. This is a crisis of replacement–quite simply, people are not having enough children to replace themselves.

According to estimates by the European Union, “if present low birthrates persist, there will be a continent-wide shortfall of 20 million workers by 2030.” In addition, due to advances in medicine, people are living longer, but no longer have a younger generation to care for them.

The demographers interviewed in the documentary Demographic Winter predicted the United States financial crash of 2009. They were able to do this by identifying the trends in population. You need growth in population to grow an economy and if you have population decrease, the economy becomes weakened. As we look at the financial troubles of the United States and Europe, we must understand that economies depend on population stability or growth.

If fertility rates around the world continue to decline, the consequences will be dire. In addition to economic meltdowns in specific nations, the global economy itself will collapse!

In conclusion, it is apparent that the economic troubles facing the world are largely related to the decline in fertility rates. And low fertility rates are directly related to one’s embrace or rejection of God’s plan for mankind: “And God blessed them and said unto them, ‘be fruitful and multiply . . .'” (Genesis 1:28).

There are two main assaults on God’s design for mankind today and interestingly, they are the first of his directives:

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth . . .”
“. . . a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife . . .”

The assault on marriage and the biblical family has always been at the heart of Satan’s schemes. Hopefully this moment will open our eyes, for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Published in: on December 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment