A biblical timeline of world population growth from the original garden to present day
As a Christian I believe in the sanctity of life. I do not believe in genocide of any kind, either before or after the womb. I believe that every life is divine and precious to God; therefore I believe that every Christian must be concerned with the environmental crisis that is threatening the wellbeing of our planet. Today, 80% of all illness and death (especially among infants and children) in developing countries is water related. Two and a half billion people do not have access to clean drinking water causing the deaths of 2.1 million people every year. It is easy to deny the reality of climate change (no matter what is causing it) and consequently the potential devastation that will come because of it. For those who sincerely care about the poor and are Biblically called to serve them, there must be an awakening to the impending calamity. It is the poor who will be impacted first by devastating wave surges in low lying coastal areas such as Bangladesh. The call to action cannot be postponed as these natural disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity.
There are presently over two billion people that profess to know Jesus and who believe that the Bible is true. That is one third of the world’s population – a potential massive, worldwide, networked workforce. If the church would embrace this cause as the compassionate, merciful ministry of Jesus a difference could truly be made.
After spending thirty days in the wilderness Jesus began his three year public ministry. He started by entering his home town of Nazareth and going to the synagogue on the Sabbath. The attendant in charge that day handed him the book of the prophet Isaiah for a public reading. Jesus unrolled the scroll to Isaiah 61 where the prophet had proclaimed and recorded eight hundred years before the things that the messiah would do when he came.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come
After he had finished, he rolled the scroll up, handed it back to the attendant, sat down and said, “The scripture has come true today before your very eyes.” What he meant was that he was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, he was the Christ and Isaiah 61 was his job description. This infuriated everyone in the room that day, and is still cause for reaction by many today. Despite what some may say, the fact remains that Jesus accepted the ministry to the lost and broken world as his own. For the next three years he did just that – spending his time among the devastated, rejected and broken.