Lately I've been studying topics related to the trendy global warming crisis: peak-oil, energy reserves, green energy, sustainable living, steady state economics. I've been thinking for some time that the earth can't support more than a half billion people or so without oil and that a global cataclysm will occur in the next fifty years — I call this the "Oil Wars."
I think the world is radically overpopulated. My definition of overpopulation is that the resources needed for life (not just human life) are being depleted. An example is that the world's fishing grounds are being depleted or have already been depleted.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it. (Genesis 1:28)
I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. (Psalm 132:15)
Certainly God wishes us to thrive and prosper. But when we are overpopulated, the land and the resources are no longer adequate to support the quality of life that God would wish for us.
And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. (Genesis 9:5,6)
This verse commands the use of capital punishment. Some would claim that it is immoral for government to control population even using moral methods such as economic incentives. But wouldn't a moral means of population control be less morally objectionable than capital punishment (since it doesn't involve the taking of life but in merely controlling how many people are born)?
Jesus said on many occasions he would return soon. Preteristsuse this to support their view that the second coming occurred in 70 A.D. with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. I should note that I reject the preterist view.
The following passage reveals the proper understanding of this topic.
Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple [John] should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he [John] tarry [remains] till I come, what is that to thee? (John 21:23)
This passage states the apostle John would not die until after the coming of Jesus. Therefore, John witnessed the second coming of Christ (referred to as Christ's coming). He witnessed this coming during one of his visions which he included in the book of Revelation.
Christ comes to each believer at the time of their death.If John's vision of Christ's second coming can be referred to as "Christ's coming" certainly the same terminology can be used to refer to our meeting him at the time of our death. Thus, the following phrases can be used to refer to our meeting of Christ at the time of death...