Nearly half of countries are producing too few babies to maintain their populations, say researchers


#103

That’s exactly what it means. If I entrusted money with you to invest for me, and you burned through it in a wild Vegas weekend, you would have not have been a good steward of my money. And I’d probably be annoyed if you came back and said “well, I just figured you could always give me more…”


#104

A family of 3 can (and normally does) “burn through” resources (and money) than larger families. Population isn’t the problem.


#105

We’re not talking about individual families being frugal or not. We’re talking about societal averages. What’s healthiest is for a society to have a rate of slow, sustained growth/replacement overall. obviously, you’ll have some unusually large families that balance out others who don’t have kids.

But the default can’t be everyone has a softball team.


#106

It really isn’t about population. It has to do with laziness. When something is easy to get, it is more often wasted.


#107

Surely you recognize that even literally everyone were being as frugal as possible, there is some number at which there simply isn’t enough to go around. Maybe that number is well in the future, but you have to at least recognize that natural resources aren’t infinite. If the worlds population were 100 billion, all of us switching to low flow toilets and taking shorter showers isn’t going to do the trick.


#108

Those countries are also highly agrarian. Children are one way to get more hands on the farm for work.

If you look at other Muslim nations like Indonesia and Iran, the fertility rates are more like the rest of the world. In fact, Catholic Philippines has a higher fertility rate than Muslim Indonesia and Malaysia.

There are more factors at play here than just religion.


#109

And surely you realize that God has said that this world is temporary. He says it will end, and in its place new heaven and new earth will be created in its place. If there were a danger of running out while everyone was purposely working towards living out His will, I have absolutely no doubt He would intervene. It was His plan from the beginning.


#110

Again, we are far from overpopulation. The world’s population will peak at 11 to 12 billion in 2100, which is still well below the danger zone and couple that with advances in technology (why do we always discount it?), things aren’t going to be dire.
Not only that, places like Niger have high fertility rates because many girls are married off at 12, often to friends of their fathers! The rate for child marriage (under 18) in Niger is 76%! Discouraging child marriage will lower it without using dishonest and fear mongering overpopulation propaganda.


#112

I just don’t agree that God commanded us to multiply past the point of prudence. If I say “go plant some crops. I want my fields full of produce come harvesting time” there’s an implied instruction to plant as many as the field can safely support, not try to jam so many seeds in the ground that the soil can’t support them.

Or to take another example, let’s say someone said “fill this bag with sand. I want this bag full of sand.” It’s implied that he doesn’t want you to try to put so much in that the bag bursts, even though he didn’t explicitly tel you to stop.


#113

It could be. But people do not or may not want to pay the price to do so. At least in southern California the voters have rejected a water bond in the last election. And already in some areas of southern California there is water rationing in place.


#114

You are free to believe whatever you want. But do you believe Jesus when He says,

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worryabout your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34


#115

Not statistically. It appears that there is a statistical correlation between being Muslim and belonging to a large family.


#116

Find a true apparition site, bring your own silver rosary, not wooden or plastic, with your belief as witness on holy days to see yourself it turns to golden rosary. There are at least three big golden rosaries at the prayer chapel, Holy hill of Conyers apparition. It is a traditional custom of Catholic pilgrims passing on many centuries you need to know when visiting apparition sites.

Need to have the gift of vision from the Holy Spirit to see by yourself and understand the spiritual life before coming to any conclusion by your logical and physical scientific perception. God has the Science of God.


#117

It has?
Population of the world by various years:
1890 1 billion
1920 about 2 billion
1960 3 billion
1980 about 4.5 billion
2018 more than 7.4 billion


#118

How old was Mary when Jesus was born? Was it 15 years old?


#119

Is this to be taken literally? I thought that parents had a solemn duty to worry about what their children are eating.


#120

Yes the population is growing. That does not prove overpopulation. There are many articles and books written about the myth of overpopulation and why it truly is a myth. You are free to look them up


#121

I would think a direct teaching from Jesus should be taken quite literally, but that doesn’t contradict that abparent is responsible for the feeding and raising of children. It is very possible to trust Jesus and His words about not worrying while not just sitting idly by waiting for it to fall into your lap.


#122

Not “could be”.

It is.

Water does not disappear.

Water evaporates and then reappears as rain, which you collect.

If you are in the desert, you can harvest moisture from the environment.

I, personally, harvest rain and store it.

I worked in the Sahara Desert and people harvest rain there as well.

[They are hampered by local dictators.]

Or, as they do in some places in California the people employ desalination.


#123

You hire an engineer and he or she will figure out how to access more natural resources.


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