What Genesis Meant
I’m continually trying to understand different people’s views on population. I see people agreeing on its importance regarding sustainability and even existence, but disagreeing on how to view it or respond to it.
The other day I posted Our environment is getting biblical about how we’re causing fire and brimstone to rain down from the skies and other situations like in the Bible. I thought about another biblical passage. When Genesis says (similar quotes show up throughout the bible)
I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore.
I’m pretty sure it didn’t mean to have that many offspring living at once. If you made one person for every grain of sand on the beach, they wouldn’t fit. They couldn’t fit.
I don’t know how many of my readers want Biblical predictions to happen, but for those who do, if any, if humans are to reach those numbers, we have to limit our growth, not try to reach those numbers at once.
Likewise, I doubt the passage meant to condone polluting the skies to limit how many stars we could see, but that’s what we’re doing. Wouldn’t it make that passage meaningless for most people to only be able to see a handful of stars? For those who want that passage to mean something, wouldn’t you want to limit pollution? What does it mean to have as many descendants as stars in the sky when we can only see five or ten?
For that matter, what we’re doing to the skies, we’re doing to the beach. How are religious people not leading the charge against pollution for stewardship?
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