Q&A on Population
QUESTION: Considering the obvious problem of over-population and the need to reduce the world’s inhabitants, why not start with those who contribute little or nothing to society?
ANSWER: Although your question is very rational, it comes from a purely humanistic perspective. My primary concern is that you completely ignore the Biblical principles that apply to these issues. God’s Word clearly teaches that all human life has value, regardless of any differences in quality. Jesus welcomed little children (Mark 10:14); David provided for lame Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9); and many Bible passages tell us to honor the elderly (Leviticus 19:32, Job 32:7, 1 Timothy 5:4). We also read, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Scripture leads us to the conclusion that human life is worthy of protection, and human reasoning cannot serve as the sole guide in making these decisions.
It must also be pointed out that the “overpopulation” concerns are not universally accepted as valid, so we cannot assume that there is an obvious problem.
In the end, “enlightened” thinkers might conclude that over-population is the primary cause of our world’s problems. The truth, however, is that the intentional killing of the preborn, disabled or elderly is contrary to God’s directive to preserve and protect human life and cannot be considered a viable option.
Clearly Caring Magazine, 3rd Quarter 2009, Vol. 29, No. 3
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