Congratulations on posting the longest message I have ever seen on a message board!
I would love to respond to just about every comment you made, but I simply don't have the time (it would take me at least 3 hours to respond to everything). Instead, I'll summarize my thoughts:
Everyone's entitled to their own opinions and viewpoints, and I respect that. However, I think you're an idealist. Your concepts and thoughts and theories only make sense in a perfect world. That perfect world does not exist and never will.
I, on the other hand, am a realist. I look at the world we live in as the cards we were dealt, and try to make the best of it. I don't expect the world to be perfect, and I don't try to fit my life into a perfect world.
And another thing: you've got population density confused with over population. There is a distinct difference. A high population density does not mean its an over crowded population, and an over crowded population is not necessarily the most densely populated. Case in point: Tokyo Japan is densely populated. Yet it is not over populated. Bombay, India is over populated, yet its not as densely populated as Tokyo is.
Over population is the source of poverty, disease, starvation, high rates of death, short life spans, and often pure misery. Is this what God intended? That's basically what you're saying. And I completely disagree that this is His intention. To say that an entire society practicing no birth control whatsoever won't lead to over population is not only idealistic, its factually WRONG, because it will lead to over population!
As to your friends who went to India and claim there isn't much poverty there, tell them they need to go back and take a REAL tour of India. Not the propaganda tour while staying at a Hyatt. There you will find poverty, death, disease, hunger, starvation, and all the other pitiful things that go along with an over populated land. Are they happy? Well, the only reason these people can live with themselves is because of the caste system there. They simply don't know any better and are not permitted to improve themselves unless they happen to be born into the correct caste. They were born to accept the poverty they have and to never even think there is anything better than that that they could possibly live in. You need to learn more about other cultures and other religions and societies to understand what you're looking at. Your church friends took the typical 'stupid American' approach when evaluating the Indian society.
I believe nature has its own way of curing over population problems: killer diseases. History is filled with periods of rogue viruses and bacteria that wipe out huge quantities of population, and they typically happen in over populated areas. The Bubonic Plague, or the Black Death is the most recent killer disease that wiped out a good portion of the population in Europe in the 1300's. Most scientists agree that its just a matter of time before another mutant killer virus surfaces in an over populated area and starts wiping out millions of people, and there may not be anything they can do about it. If you get a disease like SARS that can pass around as easily as the common cold, and you've got instant population correction. If God intended us to be over populated, how do you explain such diseases? I know, the work of the devil, right? Puhleeez.
Frankly, your level of religious extremism is frightening. Its people like you who are the source of a lot of conflict in this world - people who twist things in their mind, and even justify doing horrible things, all in the name of God's will, while they really don't have a clue what God's will really is.
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