Overpopulation Is A Myth
1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
To set the stage, Noah and his family has just survived the planetary flood that God used to destroy the rest of the human race. This is what scientists refer to as an E.L.E., an Extinction Level Event. Nearly all life has perished. And once Noah was on dry ground, God gave him some interesting instructions.
The first instruction was to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the Earth. Culture has this concern that we have somehow overpopulated the Earth. It believes that the resources on this planet will not sustain life as it is, and that we need to somehow reduce the number of people on the planet to get to a “sustainable” number. But God gave Noah a holy, divine decree – to fill the Earth with people.
Notice that God did not say,”You know, you need to be careful when you procreate, because you might become so numerous that you will strip every resource from the planet.” Also notice that God did not say, “And when you become so numerous that you think there are too many of you, begin to back off of my decree to be fruitful and increase, for you will surely cause your own destruction through resource depletion, because I won’t provide for you anymore.”
God does desire us to manage the Earth – His creation – and all that is on it and in it. We have a responsibility as stewards of God’s creation to effectively use what has been provided to us. But God has not abandoned us, nor will He forsake us. It is only those who do not believe that there is a God that have come to the conclusion that we are overpopulated.
It is greed, punishing governmental control, and other self-serving factors that limit human beings in their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. The restraint of creativity and production by powerful people who seek to control others, and serve money rather than God, is one of the greatest limiting factors in economic and resource suppression.
If everyone on Earth were submitted to Almighty God, do you think for even a second that He would refuse to bless their efforts at honoring Him through all that they did? Did he refuse to provide manna to the Israelites in the desert for forty years? Did he refuse to provide Elijah food when he was sequestered during the drought that he proclaimed? It is folly to believe that God would abandon us as we seek Him and submit to Him. Did Jesus starve to death during His ministry? It is our own evil intentions and conclusions about the state of reality that prevent us, as a people, from enjoying the grace, mercy, and abundant prosperity of Almighty God. And yet He still gives all of us rain and sunshine.
Change in Cooperation
From this passage, and from what we know about the original intent of the relationship between Adam and the animals of the Earth, this was the first God-authorized decree in allowing the creatures to be food for man. Prior to this, righteous men ate the fruit of plants and grains. Adam was a vegetarian. Noah, until after the flood, was a vegetarian as well.
But God then provided the animals and gave them to man as food. This changed the dynamic of the relationship between man and animals. We can infer that up to this time, man and animals were able to peacefully coexist. But with this change, the animals no longer would be at ease with man. After all, man had just become their predator.
And as any prey knows, when the predator is around, you flee. This made it difficult for man, chasing down and domesticating animals who would then be in servitude to man. Prior to the flood, was there cooperation between man and animal? The Bible doesn’t say. But we see in Genesis that the serpent talked to Eve. God opened the mouth of Balaam’s donkey to talk to him. And no one thought this was strange…
Why did no one think this was strange? Was it because the animals could indeed communicate with man, and peacefully coexisted with man, as was established by God? We can only speculate; but soon we will have the opportunity to ask the One who created all things that very question. In the meantime, let us fulfill the command that God Himself gave to us to be fruitful and increase in number, to fill the Earth, and to take care of it.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Are my conclusions based on God’s word or the words of men?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, I thank You for providing me life this day. Thank You for Your word, and the redemption of sin through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for showing me Your will through Your word. Help me to always look to Your word when people declare anything to be true about the past, the present, or the future, for You and You alone know all these things. Help me to not be led astray by the foolishness of man, but be strengthened in Your truth, power and presence. Guide and guard my heart, Oh God, that I would be kept from the deception of sin. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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