# Where are all the People? Extracted from a work by Don Batten Published in Creation Ex Nihilo 23(3) 52-55, June-August 2001.

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Where are all the People? Extracted from a work by Don Batten Published in Creation Ex Nihilo 23(3) 52-55, June-August 2001

Where are all the People? Six billion people live on Earth –Thats –Thats a lot of people! And yet –They –They could all fit into an area the size of England with more than 20 square yards each.

Where are all the People? We all have the impression the world is BURSTING with people. Thats because most of us live in cities where people are packed together. Most of the world is sparsely populated.

How could the population have grown to over six billion people starting from only Noahs family only 4,500 years ago? Actually, when you do the math, six billion people is about right to have come from eight people 4,500 years ago.

Furthermore, if people have been here for much longer than 4,500 years, there should be a LOT more people on earth than there are! AND There should be a LOT more human remains!

Most people have difficulty understanding the growth rates of things. When the population doubles from 16 to 32, it doesnt seem like much, but when it jumps from three billion to six billion, it seems like a lot more. But its the same rate of growth.

It is told that the man who invented chess was offered a reward from the King. Instead of gold, however, he asked for one grain of rice, doubled for each successive square on the chessboard. The grains would have been 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and etc. The 10 th 10 th square would have had 512, the 20 th 524,000, the 30 th 30 th 537,000,000, and the last square (2 63 ) (2 63 ) would have been more than all the rice in the world today.

Where are all the People? It would have represented wealth far exceeding that of the king. This is the power of compounding. Population growth is compound growth.

The population grows when more people are born than die. The current growth rate of the world population is about 1.7% per year. In other words, for every 100 million people, 1.7 million are added.

Many assume that modern medicine accounts for the worlds population growth. But third-world population growth exceeds that of developed nations. Modern medicine is not as important to population growth as people think.

Population growth of South American and African countries exceeds 3% per year. Most industrialized countries have population growth of less than 0.5% per year.

What population growth rate is needed to get six billion people since the flood? To get six billion people since the Flood, 4,500 years ago, you need less than 0.5% per year growth.

Of course, population growth since the Flood, about 4,500 years ago, has not been constant. It was slow at times, and rapid at times. Immediately after the Flood, Shem had five sons, Ham had four, and Japheth had seven. If they had the same number of daughters, the growth rate would have averaged 10.7 children per couple.

If we assume an average of 8.3 children per couple, in just four generations after the flood, there would be a total population of over 3,000 people. This represents a population growth rate of 3.7% per year, or a doubling time of 19 years..

If there were 300 million people at the time of Christs Resurrection, it would require a population growth rate of only 0.75% since the flood a doubling time of 92 years. This is much less than the documented population growth rate in the years following the flood.

At the time of the Holocaust, the number of Jews in the world was estimated at 18 billion. The Jews are descended from Jacob. This represents a doubling in population every 156 years, or 0.44% growth per year since Jacob. Since the flood, the World population has doubled every 155 years at an average of 0.45% per year. There is agreement in these growth rates.

Coincidence? Hardly. The figures agree because the history of the world is recorded in the Bible.

What if people had been around for a million years? At just 0.01% per year, doubling only every 7,000 years, there should be 10 43 10 43 people in the world today. (a number with 43 zeros)

Where are all the People? Lets try to grasp this number… If each of these 10 43 10 43 people was given standing-room only of about one square yard, they would not fit on the Earth. The land surface of the Earth is only about 1.5 x 10 14 10 14 square yards.

Where are all the People? Lets try to grasp this number… If every square yard on Earth was converted to a world with the same land surface as the entire Earth, you would still only have enough room for 10 28 10 28 people.

Where are all the People? Thats only a tiny fraction of 10 43. Remember, 10 29 10 29 is ten times larger than 10 28. 10 30 10 30 is 100 times larger than 10 28 10 28 and so on.

Where are all the People? But disease, famine, and war kept the numbers constant for most of this million- year period. So, mankind was on the brink of extinction for most of its supposed history? That stretches the limits of credulity.

Stone Age Evolutionists claim there was a stone age that lasted about 100,000 years in which between one and ten million people were on the earth. Fossil evidence shows that these people buried their dead often with artifacts. (Cremation was not practiced until relatively recent times.)

Stone Age If there was just one million people alive at that time, with an average generation time of 25 years, they should have buried 4 billion bodies, and many artifacts. If there were 10 million, there should be 40 billion bodies.

Stone Age If evolution were correct, we would expect these skeletons to be largely present after 100,000 years because many bones supposedly older than that have been found. However, even if the bones had disintegrated, the artifacts should still be found.

Stone Age The number of human fossils and buried remains is nothing like what one would expect if the Stone Age scenario were correct. The number of human remains found is consistent with what would have occurred after Babel.

Departure from Babel People leaving a population center such as existed in Mesopotamia at the dispersion from Babel would have gone to new lands and initially –sheltered –sheltered in caves or have built rudimentary housing. –They –They would have made use of stone tools while they developed agricultural techniques appropriate to the soils and climate, found sources of ores, and rediscovered how to manufacture tools.

Where are all the People? Departure from Babel Groups that fell into animism might never emerge from this Stone Age of their development because of the stifling effects of such things as taboos, and fear of evil spirits.

Australian Aborigines We are told that in 1788, there were perhaps 300,000 Aboriginal people in Australia. If 20 people had come to Australia, say 3,500 years ago, a mere 0.28% population growth would have produced 300,000 people by 1788.

Australian Aborigines If these people had been in Australia for 60,000 years, as were told, a growth rate of 0.28% would have produced more people than there are atoms in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Real History The real history of the world is recorded in the Bible, the Word of the Creator-God who was there in the beginning. This record shows that the world was deluged and destroyed (Genesis 6-9 and 2 Peter 3) so that all people living today came from those who survived aboard Noahs Ark. A study of population growth clearly supports this Biblical Record.

But the real question is not, Where are all the people? The real question is Where are YOU in your relationship to your Creator God?

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