BreakPoint: The Empty Planet


I’ve been critical of the UN’s Agenda 21 (and its updated variations such as Agenda 2030 which alarmingly includes human depopulation) for quite some time.

 

There are many facets to Agenda 21/2030 revolving around a despotic One World Government, a Humanism filtered through Marxism, alarming forms of Left Wing Ecology, of course loss of National Sovereignty which would include shredding the Liberty found in the U.S. Constitution AND for the sake of this conversion – Human Depopulation.

 

Long before the United Nations existed population alarmists have been preaching the theory the world’s ability to produce food cannot keep up with earth’s ever increasing population. The UN has taken this alarmism and has discreetly adopted a depopulation agenda cloaked in flowery Left-speak to disguise intentions from the general population.

 

Too often humans subject themselves to a theory as if it is a gospel fact. I found a book review on the Christian oriented BreakPoint that extrapolates a different kind of theory that earth’s population will soon reach its peak then naturally decrease based on projected decreased global fertility rates. The books title: “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline,” by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson.

 

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BreakPoint: The Empty Planet

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By John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera

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We’ve mentioned in the past on BreakPoint about “zombie abortion arguments.” You know, those arguments that just won’t die? They continue to be repeated long after they should have been “dead and buried.” Like zombies in movies, these arguments continue shuffling along, seemingly impervious to the reality that they are dead.

 

Abortion isn’t the only issue confused by “zombie arguments.” There’s a whole host of “should-be-dead-by-now” ideas having to do with so-called “overpopulation.” I say “so-called” because virtually every dire prediction Paul Ehrlich made fifty years ago in his book “The Population Bomb” was wrong. Spectacularly wrong, in fact. Yet Ehrlich’s ideas remain an article of faith among many—and I mean that literally.

 

In “The Walking Dead,” the only sure way to dispatch a zombie is with a headshot. Well, a new book should be the headshot for Ehrlich’s ideas. Unfortunately, many people’s worldviews harden to the point of becoming ideological kevlar helmets.

 

The book of which I speak is “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline” by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson.

 

To be clear, there’s far more than one “shock” described in “Empty Planet,” but all of them flow from a single reality. Contrary to what people have been taught to believe for decades, “We do not face the challenge of a population bomb but of a population bust—a relentless, generation-after-generation culling of the human herd.”

 

As the Canadian duo documents, an increasing number of demographers around the world believe that the UN’s estimates, that human population will peak at 11 billion in 2100, are far too high. The more likely outcome, they suggest, is that “the planet’s population will peak at around nine billion sometime between 2040 and 2060, and then start to decline.” According to Bricker and Ibbitson, “Once that decline begins, it will never end.”

 

Their argument is scarily plausible. They are not exaggerating when they call this decline the “great defining event of the twenty-first century” and “one of the great defining events in human history.”

 

We talk a lot on BreakPoint about the decline of fertility rates in the industrialized world: Western Europe, Japan and the United States. We have described the dire economic and social consequences of this decline.

 

What “Empty Planet” makes clear is that this decline isn’t limited to the usual suspects. South Korea is headed down the same road to demographic catastrophe as Japan. Even more ominously, similar trends are emerging in the developing world. By the middle of this century, Brazil, Indonesia, China, and even India will begin to see their populations decline.

 

The reasons behind the decline are, not surprisingly, mostly cultural. In a brilliant bit of analysis, the authors point out that “as societies become more modern and urban, friends and co-workers replace siblings, parents, and uncles and aunts.” Families may put subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle pressure on young people to get married and have kids, but friends rarely do.

 

And then, there’s this well-established link between religiosity and fertility, something we’ve talked about before on BreakPoint.

 

Population decline is going to be a nasty shock, especially in the economic realm. Ideally, there should be about six workers for every retiree. Thanks to increased life expectancy and low birth rates, it is projected to drop to about three by 2050 and about two by 2100. We may live longer but there will be fewer of us, and our societies will be less dynamic, entrepreneurial, and creative.

 

Despite these realities, the myth of “overpopulation” refuses to die. Efforts to combat fertility and population growth, whether governmental policies or cultural incentives, are terrible ideas that threaten to make victims of us all.

 

Still, unlike Bricker and Ibbitson, I refuse to give up hope. Faith, especially Christian faith, is still strong in many parts of the world. And while that persists, there’s still a chance to avoid some of the “shocks” they describe in “Empty Planet.”

 

Otherwise a different, but no less real, zombie apocalypse awaits us.

 

Resources

 

Bugs in the Overpopulation Theory: Panic-Fed Policy

  • John Stonestreet | BreakPoint.org | July 1, 2015

 

More than Voles: Humans, Creativity, and Overpopulation

  • Eric Metaxas | BreakPoint.org | October 2, 2013

 

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Nicer Polemics Against Islam


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John R. Houk

© March 15, 2016

 

I am not one who has a lot of compassion for one devoted to being a believer in the theopolitical death cult known as Islam. Not just because of all the death and mayhem executed by adherents who attribute such actions to being a true follower of Islam and its prophet Muhammad. But also as a Christian I am very displeased the Quran, Hadith and Sira that specifies that Jesus Christ is only a man and not the Son of God who gave his life in death on the cross as the redemption price Adam and Eve’s treason in the Garden. That simple denial makes Muhammad an Antichrist preach and Mo’s followers as infected with an Antichrist spirit.

 

This centrality of Islam has led to some tough polemical anti-Islam thoughts placed in my blogs. For this Muslim Apologists, Leftist Multiculturalists and even some duped Conservatives label me an Islamophobic hate-monger, especially since a “majority” of Muslims claim to be “Moderate” in their Islamic faith and are not violent toward non-Muslims.

 

My problem with the “Moderate” moniker is such a Muslim still believes the Quran are the very words of Allah spoken through Muhammad and that there is no better example for humanity than the example and life of Muhammad. Sorry my critics, that thinking is still in line with an Antichrist mentality. I have no compunction favoring a religion or ideology that one of its central tenets is to call the Redeemer of humanity a mere man and teach the suppression of those that believe that Christ is the Son of God. Frankly I have changed my mind on the polemics.

 

However, as a Christian I need to learn how to share the Great Commission given by Christ to all Believing Christians.

 

The Great Commission

 

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

 

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b] (Matthew 28: 16-20 NKJV)

 

The Great Commission

 

14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[a] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16: 14-18 NKJV)

 

And so I can’t see me changing the polemics when I read something a Muslim did that was scandalously heinous in relation to any normal society no matter the prevailing cultural faith or lack thereof. AND YET my Lord and Savior’s example of confrontation in a 1 Corinthian 13 manner is a level I will continuously work toward achieving. That means toning down adversarial trap anger gives into too often.

 

The Greatest Gift

 

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

 

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

Love never fails. … (1 Corinthians 13: 1-8 NKJV)

 

In an email from the Colson Center by Eric Mataxas telling about a book by Dr. Nabeel Qureshi entitled “Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward”. Dr. Qureshi is a former Muslim who found Christ and now is very involved with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) which is devoted to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to non-Christians and Dr. Qureshi has a particular to share in a compassionate manner to Muslims.

 

Mr. Mataxas begins this email with a story that is one of those true stories of the brutality of Islam aimed specifically at Christians who were in a ministry situation in a Muslim majority populace within the grasp of Islamic terrorists. Then the email goes on to introduce an interview under the aegis of BreakPoint This Week which is an audio between Dr. Qureshi and John Stonestreet. The link to BreakPoint.org has the audio then the story in the story of the email. When I get to the link I’m only posting up to the audio link. If you want to read what Christians face in Muslim dominated nations, feel free to read the story either after listening to the audio or maybe even while listening.

 

Then after the audio I want to cross post a mini-seminar conducted by Dr. Nabeel Qureshi under RZIM followed closely by the video description. Now here’s the thing, the video stretch through 1 hour and 56 minutes of run time. Annoying there is about eight minutes of no sound and a picture of the seminar. Then at about the nine-minute mark the seminar begins with an intro. At about the fourteen-minute mark Dr. Qureshi speaks. At about the 56-minute mark Dr. Qureshi ends in prayer. And finally at around the 58-minute mark a lengthy Q & A session begins that is in relation to the speech.

 

Of Interest:

 

Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forwardrzim.org 3/8/16

 

Book Review: Answering Jihad by Nabeel QureshiCrossExamined.org 3/10/16

 

Five More Questions with Nabeel Qureshi, a Former MuslimBoundless.org/blog 3/10/16

 

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An Unholy War

ANSWERING JIHAD

 

Email by Eric Mataxas

Sent from: Colson Center

Sent: 3/15/2016 9:23 AM

 

Is there any answer to violent jihad? Yes. It’s the same as God’s answer to sin.

 

Let me tell you a story that, tragically, has no happy ending. Vincent Minj, who is almost 80, was the oldest of six children growing up in rural India, and he remembers the day decades ago when his sister, Cecilia, fell into a well near their home and almost died.

 

Somehow however, Cecilia lived, and Vincent took her survival as a sign from God. He told The Indian Express newspaper, “I thought that if God had given her another life, it had to be used in His service . . . So I just took her along with me and got her admitted to the Missionaries of Charity.”

 

That order of nuns, of course, was founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta to care for the poorest of India’s poor who would otherwise die alone and unloved. Vincent, who was a preacher himself, told his father that Cecilia was going to get an education in the city of Ranchi. What she got instead was a lifetime of serving the poor in India, then the United States, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, and, finally, Yemen. She was proving the corollary of a famous observation by Mother Teresa: “A life not lived for others is not a life.”

 

On Friday, March 4th, Sister Anselm, as she’d come to be known, was working as a nurse in the lawless southern port city of Aden. More than 6,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced in the mostly Arab Muslim country’s ongoing civil war.

 

Sister Anselm was serving breakfast for the residents of the retirement home when some men came to the front gate, saying they wanted to visit their mothers. This home, founded by Mother Teresa in 1992, was reportedly the last Christian facility in the country of more than 26 million people, and it ministered to developmentally disabled children, as well as to old and dying people.

 

Of course, the men at the gate were lying, and once they gained access, they handcuffed the residents and the nuns and shot them in the head. Sixteen people, including Sister Anselm and three other nuns, died. While groups linked to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda are roaming the city as if it were a dystopic, real-world version of “Mad Max,” no one has taken responsibility for the massacre, which the Vatican calls an “act of senseless and diabolical violence.”

 

Vincent now has only a worn photo of Sister Anselm to remember her by.

 

The story goes that a British newspaperman asked the redoubtable G.K. Chesterton what was wrong with the world. Rather than waxing eloquent on poverty, greed, or unjust social structures, the great author got right to the point: “I am,” he said.

 

And indeed, we all are, following our first parents into rebellion, degradation, and exile from the Garden. That’s why the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection for sinners is good, because we are so bad. And while there are many expressions of our unholy war against God in the 21st century, certainly the one grabbing the most headlines seems to be the radicals who apparently enjoy murdering and terrorizing people such as Sister Anselm in the name of Islam.

 

That’s why I hope you’ll listen to the latest installment of “BreakPoint This Week,” hosted by my friend and colleague John Stonestreet, who interviews Nabeel Qureshi about his great new book, “Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward.”

 

Nabeel, who used to be a Muslim, is today a follower of Christ, and his book clearly and convincingly answers every question you’re likely to have about the religion founded by Muhammad.

 

Even better, it will help us sinners think through a truly Christian response to the unholy war we see in the news, as well as the Muslim neighbor who may live down the street. Don’t miss this “BreakPoint This Week”—it’s terrific! You can find it at BreakPoint.org, along with Nabeel’s book “Answering Jihad.”

 

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An Unholy War

ANSWERING JIHAD

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By: Eric Metaxas

Published: March 15, 2016 7:00 AM

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An Unholy War: Answering Jihad

 

What is the Christian response to Islamic jihad? Read Nabeel Qureshi’s answer in his new book “Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward,” available at the online bookstore. And click here to listen to John Stonestreet’s interview with Nabeel Qureshi on BreakPoint This Week.

 

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VIDEO: Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward with Nabeel Qureshi Live Stream

 

 

Posted by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Streamed live 3/14/16

 

Join us for an insightful event with New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi as he gives personal, challenging, and respectful answers to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.

After Nabeel’s presentation there will be a live question and answer session.

San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that innocents were slaughtered in the name of Allah and in the way of Jihad, but do the terrorists’ actions actually reflect the religion of Islam? The answer to this question is more pressing than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive in the West seeking shelter from the violent ideology of ISIS.

Setting aside speculations and competing voices, what really is Jihad? How are we to understand Jihad in relation to our Muslim neighbors and friends? Why is there such a surge of Islamist terrorism in the world today, and how are we to respond?

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