Adam and Eve, then later Noah were told by God to be fruitful and multiply (Gen 1:28, 9:1).

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It is estimated that 150 years ago the total world population was one billion, while currently it is approximately 8,000,000,000 (8 billion) people with around 338,000 babies born each day and 155,000 people dying each day, equating to six million net being added to the world’s population each month, or two per second. By 2050 it is predicted to reach 11 billion, needing at least 50% more food than is currently being produced. Through corrupt systems, greed, and the foolish mishandling of the resources millions of people suffer from a shortage of food and basic necessities, although this is exacerbated by climate changes affecting the growing environment for crops in many countries. 

Admittedly some metropolitan areas contain an unhealthy concentration of people and as a result the infrastructure and the food supply chain is unable to adequately cope with the burgeoning numbers of people who crowd into these areas.

There are widely varying estimations of how many people have already lived and died since the time of Adam and Eve. God alone knows how many of this vast number will be in Heaven, however the Bible says there will be people from every tribe and tongue (Rev 5:9, 7:9). The Bible also is adamant there is no second chance for those who have died to reconsider and make a decision to follow Him; the time for that choice to be made is in this life (Heb 9:27).

The percentage of different beliefs embraced by the world’s peoples are approximately: Christians 15%, Catholics 16%, Muslim 24%, Hindu 14%, Buddhists 6%, other faiths including Jewish 10%, no faith and atheists 15%. However not all who subscribe to these religions or faiths are committed, instead many just give lip service. Jesus died for all, yet only those who come to Him in repentance will benefit by that sacrifice for them. What am I doing to ensure that those around me at least have the opportunity to have a clear presentation of the gospel given to them?