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What do we do about the number of humans on the planet?

///What do we do about the number of humans on the planet?

What do we do about the number of humans on the planet?

The root cause of the problem of overpopulation is overconsumption. Mark Twain wrote, “Civilisation is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries”. Jesus Christ never said he came to make us financially better off generation by generation; he said he came to show us the way to the kingdom and commonwealth of God. Overconsumption of food for our own benefit is not the only problem; a greater challenge is the extinction of 50% of animals – except humans – on the earth since 1970. We consume space as well as food. We assume we have the freehold of the earth when we are, as Mrs Thatcher reminded us, only “tenants with a full repairing lease”.  The earth is finite and so growth cannot be limitless. God has made creatures that are born, mature and die.  Once creatures, or groups of creatures, reach maturity they have evolved to stop growing.  The same is true of human society on earth. If we do not rapidly recall this, God’s ‘balance’, as the Qur’an puts it, will come into play. The most likely outcome is the exhaustion of resources and the upsurge of God’s unsung creatures such as bacteria and viruses to reduce our numbers.

The Rev Dr S Mogoba writes,   “The land belongs to one large family, few of whom are alive, many of whom are dead, countless of whom are yet unborn”. People alive at present are only a tiny fraction of humanity through time. We need to love not just our neighbour in space but our “neighbour-in-time”. The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world we leave to our children.

David Attenborough writes, “All our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people and harder – and ultimately impossible – to solve with ever more people”. We can visit www.populationmatters.org to learn how to act personally, socially and corporately.

We need to cradle God’s shimmering blue and green earth in our loving hands. This can only be done by Christ-like acts on behalf of the whole of creation. If we do not, then it will be proven that we are the only species that destroys its own home.

By | 2020-05-13T08:30:17+01:00 May 13th, 2020|Blog, John Anderson Blog Posts|4 Comments

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  1. Rob May 24, 2020 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    The real concern for us on this planet should be about where we go when we die. Look at this video from Living Waters on youtube, type “Christian Responds to “Planet of the Humans” into the search bar and the correct video should come up. It was released on the 23rd May 2020.

    Jesus is the way, the truth and the life but the church blog continues to point people to Green issues instead of pointing them to Christ. The film shows people who are scared to die and put their trust in anything other than Jesus. In Romans 1, it talks of those who worship creation rather than the creator, this continues to be the case for the leadership at Baildon Methodist Church.

    Look at the 25 minute video above and let it challenge you.

    • John D Anderson June 26, 2020 at 11:33 am - Reply

      As regards population, I do understand the implications of what I’m saying. We don’t reduce the population by killing people off: global heating is likely to do that owing to our sinful overconsumption of Gods gifts. The Christian way of reducing population in the next 30 years is to educate girls across the world.
      Jesus is indeed the Way, the Truth and the Life. He denounced the corporate sins of groups like some of the Pharisees and the misuse of wealth by the rich. It is vital that the church and Christians witness against the corporate sins of humankind about which I am writing and not just concentrate on their own individual salvation. It seems to me a selfishness which is utterly unChristian to concentrate on getting myself to heaven instead of redeeming humankind. The way, the truth and the life are for all, not just for me.

  2. David May 25, 2020 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Just seen this and was horrified at the implications of what you are suggesting. If you want to reduce the human population, are you promoting abortion and euthanasia?
    The bible clearly tells us to be fruitful and multiply.
    This sounds like a left wing agenda and doesn’t follow the teaching of the bible.
    What do the congregation say at the church? Who is checking whether the church agree with these blog posts?
    This blog post is extremist propaganda, are you sure as a church you agree with this?

    • Rob May 27, 2020 at 11:04 am - Reply

      I don’t think he is being extremist, I just don’t think he understands the implications of what he is saying. How do you reduce the population without having pandemics, wars etc?

      I think he will change his mind if it meant his children and grand children would have to be part of this reduction of human kind.

      Be careful what you wish for. According to the bible, the 7 year tribulation will kill billions of people as part of Gods wrath on those that have not believed on Jesus as their Lord and saviour.

      There is still time to repent and turn to Jesus.

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