large-family02I received the following comment/question:

I remember back in the 80’s when the giant everyone’s-going-to-die fear was population explosion. Now-a-days the only thing keeping Europe’s population from imploding is the rapid rate of immigration.  So this brings to mind the command by God to Noah et al:

Gen 8:17
“Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”


Gen 9:1
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.


Gen 9:7
“As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”

This command of God seems to be largely ignored by believers.  There remains today vast stretches of land (even in the US) where you can stand and look over the land and know that from horizon to horizon, no human has seen this area before.  For more empirical proof of our non-spreading check out the Degree Confluence Project.

So what do you think of these verses?

I do think that God wants us to multiply and fill the earth. This command was never rescinded that I can see. Our “westernized” societies seem to have less and less children. Our lame excuse of “overpopulation” is not according to reality.

Of course, we are under grace, not law, and no one is sinning who doesn’t have children, or who has two or less. Nevertheless, it would seem that growth is the goal. One could argue about whether two parents alone going to two parents and a child is multiplication, or if you haven’t really multiplied until you get to three children or more. Yet having children is clearly the goal.

Yet this does not negate other things. There are definite expectations in the Bible as to how multiplication is to come about. Those who have a multitude of children spread around everywhere with all the different women they’ve had sex with might have “multiplied,” but they have not done it according to God’s command or desire. If we feel compelled to obey the command to multiply, we still need to do it within the context of marriage and family that God has set up for it.