What does the Bible say about population control?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The Bible doesn't say anything about population control. Instead, humans are told to "be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:22, 28). Psalm 127:3-5 tells us that children are a heritage from the Lord...

July 19 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Kenneth Heck
The Bible says nothing about population control. Instead it dwells on population behavior with the idea that nations  that disobey the divine commandments will be judged by destruction of their land and severe loss of population. Examples are the flood of Noah and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. So, we can say that God does control the growth of evil and the people perpetrating it, but doesn't control the population of the righteous. The righteous respond to the directive to "be fruitful and multiply."

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
This is an interesting question which I have wondered about. But after studying it, I don't believe in population control of this "over-populated" earth. Here's why:

Our God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock andover all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen 1:26-28 ESV)

After the flood, God repeated this mandate to Noah,
Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh– birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth– that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth. (Gen 8:15-17 ESV) 

Why bemoan India’s “overpopulation,” to which one might attribute many of India’s problems: “We have three times as many people as you have in the US,” someone says, “on one third of the land, so we are nine times as crowded”?

Here’s some further perspective on this person’s concern. India’s 2014 population density of 436 people/square kilomoter (PSK) is less than the Netherlands’ 501 PSK, less than South Korea’s 517 PSK, less than Taiwan’s 649 PSK. If India is “overpopulated,” these other countries are more so. If India’s problems arise from population density, you would expect these countries to have greater problems of similar nature. They don’t.
Gary Brumbelow

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