3.2 Self-Centeredness and biological population increase
To some, humans are regarded as simply higher forms of
animal life. This illustration shows what happens when bacteria and
animal populations reproduce in an uncontrolled environment. As long
as sufficient habitat is available, the animal population increases
dramatically. But when it becomes too warm in the "compost", or if food
supplies become scarce, the animals begin to destroy one another.
The greater the increase in the world's human population, the
greater the stresses become upon humanity.
These stresses result from:
- destruction of the environment, becomes increasingly alarming in third-world countries, due to lack of sufficient water and food.
- disproportionate use of the world's resources by the industrialized
countries. Although they comprise only 20% of the world's population
they use over 80% of the world's resources.
- possible drastic consequences of nuclear war or chemical
weapons, both of which can devastate the population.
Unless this end comes earlier, it will inevitably
occur in the Battle of Armageddon, which preceeds Christ's return as King.(illustration 5.11).
The purpose of the Bible's prophesies concerning the future is
Our current societal lifestyle is equally selfish as that of animals
If we wish to continue living as animals, we will also
risk dying like animals.
- not to scare us, but rather
- to warn us, so that we change our lifestyle in time.