On 2001-10-25 14:03, Christopher Ferro wrote:
Something about this has been bugging me. I have been mulling it over all day, between processing satellite images...
****IF**** one was to take the Bible 100% literally, then there is a paradox related to some literalists' claims that the "End Times" are nigh upon us.
"Scripture" tells us that God PROMISED both sons of Abraham would have descendants numbering the same as the stars in the sky or sands on the seashore. In order to fulfill this promise, the total number of people decendend from Isaac OR Ishmael would have to equal those numbers...
I think the best estimates for TOTAL human population EVER to have existed on Earth is between 85 and 150 billion people. (This, is of course, very fuzzy. Literalists would claim that Creation is about 6000 years old, so by that standard, the number of people who ever lived would be even smaller - MUCH smaller.)
In any evet, that's TOTAL population... NOT just the genetic OR religious descendants of Abraham.
100 billion is 10^11... 100,000,000 times SMALLER than 10^19.
So we would seem to have quite a ways to go before the "End Times", **IF** one takes the Bible as literal... otherwise God will have reneged on his promise to Abraham.