Monday, November 28, 2022

"World's Population Fulfills Biblical Mandate"

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New data that shows the world’s population passed 8 billion people in November should be celebrated by the Christian community as a fulfillment of a biblical mandate, says a well-known Christian apologist. 

The new data also challenges Darwin's old Theory of Evolution, he says.

Be informed, not misled.

On 15 November 2022, the world’s population reached 8 billion people, a milestone in human development. This unprecedented growth is due to the gradual increase in human lifespan owing to improvements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene, and medicine. It is also the result of high and persistent levels of fertility in some countries.

While it took the global population 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion, it will take approximately 15 years—until 2037— for it to reach 9 billion, a sign that the overall growth rate of the global population is slowing.

The UN is expressing deep concerns about "overpopulation" however Christian apologist Ken Ham sees it quite differently.

Ken Ham, the CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, said the 8 billion figure represents mankind’s fulfillment of God’s commandment to be “fruitful and multiply.”

A biblical worldview on population.

Ham says: “Earth didn’t give rise to life – God created life. And he formed the earth to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18) by that life,” Ham wrote on his blog. “And the crowning jewel of his creation is mankind, Adam and Eve. Yes, all of God’s creation is beautiful (though now it groans from sin – Genesis 3; Romans 8:22), and he cares for it – but the crown, the most beautiful jewel, is mankind that bears his image (Genesis 1:27)! So, we shouldn’t bemoan what 8 billion people might do to the planet – we should celebrate that there are 8 billion image-bearers of God living on this wonderful planet he made for us!”

Ham also believes this new data from the United Nations report greatly undermines the old notion of Darwin and his theory of evolution.

Darwin's conflict with truth.

“Consider that evolutionists believe modern man has existed for over 200,000 years. And yet, as the so-called "news" article linked above states, we didn’t even hit a billion people until about 200 years ago.”

Ham says, “So, for tens and tens of thousands of years, humanity’s size somehow just didn’t grow? Did it stay ridiculously small for an almost incomprehensible amount of time before suddenly exploding in our modern era? That doesn’t make any sense, even with our medical advances!"

Ham wrote this:

After 32 doublings, which is only 4,800 years, the world population would have reached almost 8.6 billion. That’s 2 billion more than the current population of 6.5 billion people, which was recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau on March 1, 2006.2 This simple calculation shows that starting with Adam and Eve and assuming the conservative growth rate previously mentioned, the current population can be reached well within 6,000 years.

We know from the Bible, however, that around 2500 BC (4,500 years ago) the worldwide Flood reduced the world population to eight people.3 But if we assume that the population doubles every 150 years, we see, again, that starting with only Noah and his family in 2500 BC, 4,500 years is more than enough time for the present population to reach 6.5 billion.

Consider this.

Evolutionists are always telling us that humans have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. If we did assume that humans have been around for 50,000 years and if we were to use the calculations above, there would have been 332 doublings, and the world’s population would be a staggering figure—a one followed by 100 zeros; that is--





This figure is truly unimaginable, for it is billions of times greater than the number of atoms that are in the entire universe. Such a calculation makes nonsense of the claim that humans have been on earth for tens of thousands of years.

Simple, conservative arithmetic reveals clear mathematical logic for a young age of the earth. From two people, created around 6,000 years ago, and then the eight people, preserved on the Ark about 4,500 years ago, the world’s population could have grown to the extent we now see it—over 6.5 billion.

Darwin's dilemma.

With such a population clearly possible (and probable) in just a few thousand years, we could actually ask the question, “If humans were around millions of years ago, why is the population so small?” This is a question that evolution supporters must answer, but can't.

Here's how they attempt to answer the question:

Many people believe that evolution began with Charles Darwin in 1859. This is not accurate.  Evolution as an idea has existed since at least the Greek philosophers. A Frenchman named Jean-Baptiste Lamarck proposed a form of evolution in the early 1800s. In fact, Darwin’s grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, engraved a Latin motto on his coach and bookplates meaning “Everything from Shells,” indicating his belief in evolution.

Darwin built on past ideas and added his own wrinkle, one he borrowed from creationist Edward Blyth. Darwin observed that farmers could breed all kinds of animal varieties using artificial selection. He then extrapolated from this that, given the millions of years his friend Charles Lyell proposed, whole new types of organisms could evolve “naturally” using Blyth’s process, hence natural selection. What Blyth saw as a conservative force in God’s creation meant to keep populations from breaking down, Darwin turned into a creative force that turned organisms into entirely new kinds of organisms over eons of time.

When Darwin published his famous book, the ground had already been prepared for its acceptance, particularly within the church. The scientific community, by and large, had accepted the millions-of-years hypothesis of Lyell and James Hutton, and these ideas, sadly, had seeped into the church. Numerous leading theologians of the day, such as Thomas Chalmers, were advocates of the Gap Theory, which attempted to add millions of years into the Bible. The influence of Chalmers and others like him caused many in the church to unquestioningly accept millions of years and some to even add Darwin’s evolutionary ideas into the Bible.

Since Darwin’s time, evolution has become the dominant dogma in the sciences, even in seemingly unrelated areas. It is impossible to go to a secular school and not get overdosed on evolutionary teaching. The base model of the dogma has changed very little since Darwin.

Evolutionists still teach that man evolved from apelike creatures over millions of years. Other aspects of the idea have been filled in so that the evolutionary skeleton looks a little more complete, at least for public consumption. 

Be Informed. Be Vigilant.  Be Discerning. Be Sober. Be Prayerful.