Well, during all this tragedy, disaster, and destruction that hit the south because of Hurricane Katrina, the Pope picks NOW to tell the world to “tell Catholics to multiply“. Oh, there’s a timely mandate. Not, tell Catholics to pray…but to MULTIPLY? I couldn’t help but notice in the headline, that only Catholics should multiply. I suppose that makes sense, seems logical that each denomination/religion would like ‘more of their own kind’ populating the earth only.
This is as sympathtic as the Germans wiggling their fingers with a “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo” telling us Katrina Should be A Lesson To US on Global Warming. Well thanks for laying that into us right now. I shudder to think that if everything happened in the reverse, we would be sending help over to them way before they could ask for it. But thanks for the reminder. As we pull our citizens out of the flooded streets, bury our dead, find homes for refugees, clean up and eventually rebuild, I am sure we’ll keep your chastisements close to our hearts.
Back to multiplying. As a believer that the Bible is God’s Word to us, I do believe that it does mention a few passages on multiplying. But there is more to it. Where it is first mentioned is Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
There is more than just “multiply” in that verse. If you believe the Bible at all, then you believe that the human population began with only two people. That would seem to require a long exercise in growth to “multiply”. There is more to it though, as well as populating the earth, we are to have dominion over it. This at first glance sounds like a dominion mandate, and sounds harsh. I don’t think it was meant to be harsh at all. With my studies of Genesis, I have found it to mean to STUDY the earth and its creatures and to take that knowledge and apply it for optimum benefit of mankind, the earth, the animals, and for the glory of God. To add to that, being fruitful would mean that we should succeed in these attempts, as well as being prolific, we well should have a good result. After all, when God created the world, He “saw that it was good.”
Unlike the Germans, I am not pointing fingers at anyone, but I think we as a whole world have fallen short to properly take care of this beautiful world our Creator has given us. We have not done well to replenish. We haven’t done extremely well in finding a balance. I don’t know if the faults totally fall on the US. Seems to me we live on this big blue ball with a lot of other nations, and even though we all have a lot to learn and answer for, each would do well to do their part…Or, we could all point fingers like the Germans or “get busy” as the Catholics.