was promised to God’s faithful people in the time of the psalmist David will be true then, namely, they “will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” Jesus showed that these words of Psalm 37:11 were prophetic of worldwide conditions due to come by quoting from it at Matthew 5:5. Certainly those living under his Kingdom rule could not be delighted with peaceful life if there were crowded, cramped conditions.
Remember, Jehovah told man to “fill the earth.” (Gen. 1:28) He did not say to flood it with people. But to keep from overflowing, will not childbearing have to stop sometime? Yes, that appears to be the case.
How can childbearing stop? Well, who gave man and woman the power to reproduce? It was their Creator, Jehovah God. Since he originated human fertility, he can also bring it to an end. But precisely how and when this will take place God’s Word does not say. Yet, because we do not know the details, it is no cause to doubt that Jehovah can handle the situation.
God has promised without fail to restore earth to a fruitful paradise, one that can sustain all of earth’s inhabitants who gain eternal life. He guarantees this, his Word saying: “The one seated on the throne said: ‘Look! I am making all things new.’ Also, he says: ‘Write, because these words are faithful and true.’” (Rev. 21:5) Yes, God’s new system will provide comfortable, enjoyable living space for all.
How Will Everlasting Life Be Attained?
“HOW can everlasting life be attained?’ you may logically ask. ‘If that takes place there will have to be some big changes made.’ That is true. But by whom?
Medical men have long worked to make changes. They have increased man’s average life-span mainly by use of antiseptics and by better sanitation. The decrease in deaths has been most notable in the newborn and the very young.
But as a result of mere human efforts how much longer can you, personally, expect to live? The Encyclopedia Americana (1968 edition, under “Longevity”) reports:
“While man’s life expectancy at birth has almost doubled in [the more ‘advanced’] countries since the mid-19th century, his expectancy at the age of 60 has increased by only one year.”
In the book The Biology of Death author Raymond Pearl states that heredity is a major factor in the secret of long life. Pearl puts this truth in the half-humorous statement: “The best insurance of longevity is . . . a careful selection of one’s parents and grandparents.”
The plain fact is that today medical efforts are admittedly at a virtual standstill as to lengthening of the life-span. And now pollution of air, water and food is becoming more deadly every day, with the threat of shortening life. To whom, then, can one look for long life?
Look to the Source of Life
If one is looking for long life, is it not reasonable to turn to the One who gave man life at the beginning? Only the Creator would fully know all our needs and be able to satisfy them. The Bible says of