At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, we found Be Fruitful and Multiply? Earth’s Population Hits 8 Billion, and it was written by ol’ Hambo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Earth just hit a significant milestone. For the first time ever (that we know of — no one knows what the pre-flood population was [Hee hee!]), there are now eight billion people on the planet. While this has been celebrated by some people, many climate alarmists, as expected, have been wringing their hands, moaning about the damage that such a large number of people are doing to “Mother Earth.” But how should Christians view this milestone?
A population that big means that there are a lot of drooling customers willing to buy tickets for Hambo’s creationist attractions, so Hambo should be delighted — and he is. He says:
Well, we should view it according to God’s Word. In Genesis, God gives humanity their mandate:
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.” (Genesis 1:28)
And that’s not all. He tells us:
This charge to have children and fill the earth is then given again after the flood,
”And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.’” (Genesis 9:1)
That seems clear enough. So what’s the problem? There isn’t any! Hambo explains:
So, we shouldn’t bemoan what 8 billion people might do to the planet — we should celebrate that there are 8 billion image-bearers of God living on this wonderful planet he made for us!
But it’s not that simple. Let’s read on:
Many of the news items reporting on the unknown 8 billionth person’s birth, like this one [Link omitted!], highlight that:
While the Earth’s population is growing quickly, the growth rate is starting to slow down. Eventually, it will start falling and our societies will shrink.
Egad, the population will shrink! Hambo continues:
Sadly, this declining birth rate is largely the result of teaching generations of children things like:
* Babies are just a choice and not a blessing from God.
* Babies aren’t persons until they are born and can be murdered if the mother decides she doesn’t want the baby.
* Motherhood is drudgery and women should aspire for literally anything other than being a wife and mother.
* Marriage is bad so don’t get married.
* Climate change will ruin the earth so don’t bring children into this world because either they will just add to the problem or they will suffer from the effects of climate change.
And so on and so forth!
Rather grim, huh? Here’s another excerpt:
I would also like to point out that humanity’s population size is actually a challenge to the evolutionary worldview. Why?
Well, consider that evolutionists [The fools!] believe modern man has existed for over 200,000 years. And yet, as the article I linked above states, we didn’t hit even a billion people until about 200 years ago. So, for tens and tens of thousands of years, humanity’s size somehow just didn’t grow? Did it stay ridiculously small for an almost incomprehensible amount of time before suddenly exploding in our modern era? That doesn’t make any sense, even with our medical advances!
Jeepers, he’s right! Here’s more:
In this view, if we use conservative numbers, there should be a whopping 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 people on the planet (more atoms than there are in the universe!) — and that’s only going back 50,000 years in supposed human history! Go back to 200,000 years and the problem just gets worse!
Incredible — until Hambo brings some good sense to the situation:
But consider the 8 billion number through the lens of Scripture. Humanity has only been around for about 6,000 years — and the population dropped to just eight about 4,350 years ago during the global flood. Even using a conservative estimate for population growth, 8 billion is a very reasonable number for us to be reaching in 2022.
Yes, very reasonable. And now we come to the end:
As always, the observational evidence confirms God’s Word, not evolutionary imaginings.
Ooooooooooooh! What would we do without Hambo?