And you, be fruitful and multiply, abound on the earth and multiply in it.
This line of the Bible is often quoted, be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth, spread out over the earth, procreate, reproduce, but from so many other sources we hear the downside of filling the earth.
As the population on earth continues to increase we will reach breaking points such as food shortages and fresh drinking water shortages. These shortages already exist in many places, but the current shortages are not due to a lack of resources, but rather an unequal dispersion of these resources throughout the earth. As the population continues to increase these shortages will eventually become a reality for everyone.
Why would God ask us to fill the earth? Why would He knowingly push us to such an extreme breaking point?
In science and research, the extremes are where things get interesting. The extremes are where things change and discoveries are made.
Is God looking for things to get interesting? Is He looking for change?
Imagine for a moment that we have reached the point where shortages and rationing have become a reality for everyone one earth. On this day both the rich and the poor of the old world will stand in the same line for food and water. Will they be able to shed their old images and labels of rich and poor and see their news ones as students and teachers?
The poor of the old world will know how to survive on very little food and water.
- Will the poor of the old world be willing to teach?
- Will the rich of the old world be willing to learn?
Isn’t populating and filling the earth pushing us towards a forced equality? Imagine how overjoyed God would be if we reached a desire for equality and true action to provide the basic needs for all of our brothers and sisters before our hands were forced, before we reached the breaking point.
God please inspire generosity within me and the motivation to act on it.
And the crowds asked [John the Baptist], “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”