«For the former things have passed away» (Revelation 21:4).
ONE OF THE PROBLEMS that is spoken about in the press and that concerns people is that of world overpopulation. We find nothing about this in the Bible, but it is revealing about the times in which we live and, of course, we know that such a conflict will not exist in the New Earth.
God asked people to be fruitful and multiply, filling the earth (see Genesis 1:22, 28), which, in principle, should not cause friction or conflict. Children are a heritage from the Lord (see Psalm 127:3—5) and it is good, right, and healthy to perceive them that way. However, we find ourselves into the twenty-first century with a world population that surpasses seven billion inhabitants; according to the predictions of the United Nations, it is estimated that the number will go past nine billion by the year 2050. As a Christian, I can see that the fundamental problem does not have as much to do with numbers as with sin.
Perhaps if evil had not increased so much and love had not grown cold (see Matthew 24: 12), we could coexist and provide food for everyone without abusing God’s creation; we would be able to have the dominion that God gave us over other creatures (see Genesis 1:26) without mistreating or depleting them in order to satisfy our selfish needs; we would be more faithful administrators of the resources available to us. way I see it, overpopulation is further evidence of the end times in which we live, when human dignity is not seen as a priority, and the love of money reigns everywhere.
No doubt all this is the cause of suffering for many—provoking unemployment, social inequality, etc.— and that is why we long for a new earth where these conflicts will not exist. That is what the New Jerusalem will be like. *There will be space for everyone, no one will live crowded together, there will be more than enough room, and the population distribution will be perfect. It is one more aspect of our uncertainties that the Lord has taken into consideration. No detail escapes Him.
An atheistic professor, mocking the beliefs of one of his students, said, «If you manage to get to heaven, be happy with the fact that they will give you just a little corner, however small it may be.»
Well, I will be happy with that because the concept of «a little corner» will be different in heaven. The presence of God is what is important.