June 15, 2013

Increased Greatly and Multiplied – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:29 pm by sranderson0103

“But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them,” (Exodus 1:7).

Populations can grow very rapidly. For example, consider that, “All the persons who came from the loins of Jacob were seventy in number,” (Exodus 1:5). One can calculate that the seventy who came into Egypt with Jacob (Genesis 46:27) could easily have multiplied to over five million in just ten generations, assuming that the average family had only six children who lived and reproduced, and that only two generations were living contemporaneously at any one time. Of course, Jacob had more that twice that many children, 12 sons and at least one daughter. The actual count of the grown Israelite men (not including the tribe of Levi) who left Egypt with Moses was “six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty” (Numbers 1:46). ” The total of the entire population of Israelites that left Egypt would be reasonably estimated to be between two and three million. (The survival of that many people in the wilderness would certainly require supernatural provision.)

The number illustrates how rapidly populations can grow when conditions are favorable. In fact, if a simple geometric growth rate is assumed (which was the assumption made by Charles Darwin in relation to his imagined “struggle for existence” in nature), it would only take about 1,100 years—assuming 35 years per generation—to develop a world population of six billion people. Immediately after the Flood, with only eight people and the whole world before them, with longer life spans still prevailing, and with every incentive to have large families, the population surely would have grown explosively. Yet the average annual growth rate since the Flood need only have been one-fourth the present growth rate to produce the world’s present population in the 4,000 years (minimum) since that time. In other words, the numbers observed today fit easily within the scriptural description of history.

However, if we imagine a period of about one fifth the supposed evolutionary age of mankind (200 thousand years) we get a silly answer. Beginning with eight people and assuming a growth rate of .46% (less than half that of the present rate in America), we get 10398 people. That’s a number that greatly exceeds the number of electrons in the universe. This number not only does not fit, it is absolutely ridiculously absurd.

All of which indicates that the evolutionary scenario, which assumes that human populations have been on the earth for about a million years, is absurd. The whole universe could not begin to hold all the people!

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

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