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 The world is getting better.

I received an interesting question from one of my students.

I was at youth group tonight (mine meets on Monday nights) and I was thinking about something that you had said in the Harry Potter class. At least I think it was in the Harry Potter class. Maybe it was another class. Maybe it wasn’t even something that you said. But I think it was you who was talking about how the average lifespan was on a downward spiral and as soon as Jesus Christ came, it started going back up to where it is today. Was this you? If so, did you find this in an actual scientific study or was it just observation and googling? I’d love to know where you were coming from on that point. And if it wasn’t you, what do you think of this phenomenon?

Here is my reply:

It was me. 

Understand that many, many Christians would disagree with me on this.  I, myself, am still trying to figure some of this stuff out. 

But, yes.  I believe the book of Revelation was a warning to early believers.  I believe it was a warning of the coming destruction of Jerusalem.  I came this by studying Roman history and I especially came to this conclusion after reading The Jewish Wars by Josephus. 

I believe the ancient world was dark and getting darker. 

Then, Christ showed up.  A bright light pierced the darkness. 

Since Christ, the gospel has spread.  With the spread has come much that has been good for the world.  I believe this will continue. 

I am not the only one to recognize this phenomenon.

Here is someone else who talks about this all the time: https://singularityhub.com/2016/06/27/why-the-world-is-better-than-you-think-in-10-powerful-charts/

Here is an article by him on human longevity: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-diamandis/evidence-of-abundance-10_b_5774856.html

Before the flood, people lived very long lives.  After the flood, the numbers began dropping.

Noah lived 350 years after the flood.

Abraham was 175 years old when he died.

Moses was 120 years old.

David wrote in the Psalms that most people get 70 years, some 80.

By the time of Christ, lifespans had dropped to about 35 years.

On this side of Christianity, lifespans are slowly increasing. 

When I was a kid, almost no one made it to 100.  These days, it’s not uncommon.  We are hearing more and more about people living to be 105, 110, 115 and some even make it to 120.

I continue to research this topic whenever I have the time.  One of these days, I am going to teach a class on the subject.  One of these days….  Maybe when I’m 90.  🙂

There are still problems ahead.  There will be wars.  There will be disasters.  In other words, life will go on.

But, one thing has been true since the days of Rome.  Christianity will spread.  Lifespans seem to be getting longer.  The world is getting better.

Many people don’t like this idea.  Doesn’t matter.  Get used to it:

Here’s another:

 

The world is getting better.

I am a hardcore futurist.

You may hear me complain about Islam from time to time.  This is because I know history.

But, I am not a pessimist about the future.  I am optimistic about the future.

Here is part of the reason why:

I agree with Dr. Gary North.  Here are more reasons the future looks good.
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1. The Pareto curve is not going away.
2. The federal government will go bankrupt.
3. The federal government will lose respect.
4. Power will decentralize.
5. Taxes will decline because voters will demand it.
6. Liberty will increase.
7. Liberals will scream bloody murder.
8. They will not have enough votes to get their agenda legislated.
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And here is the main reason I am optimistic about the future:

Christianity wins.  Get used to it.

 

Back to the Future.

I keep coming back to a common theme.

I grew up with a very negative worldview.  The world was getting worse.  Crime was on the rise.  Wars were on the rise.  Poverty, famine, communism, socialism and even totalitarianism was on the rise.

George Orwell’s vision of the future, 1984 was within reach.  It was going to happen in my lifetime.

Then the Berlin wall came down.  No one saw this coming.  I was in Berlin the week before the wall came down.  We crossed into East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie.  The East German soldiers, wearing red stars on their hats, checked our papers.  No one seemed to have any inclination that the world was about to change in the blink of an eye.

Two weeks later, I was in Berlin again.  There were massive holes in the Wall.  The city was jubilant.  There was a festive optimism in the air.  I climbed on the wall with the Germans, slammed pieces of the Wall down with a sledgehammer, and generally shared in the common good cheer.  Bewildered East German soldiers stood around.  They looked confused.

The next year, in 1990, Germany united.  In 1991, the Soviet Union went out of business.  Communism quit.

No one but college English professors believe in communism any longer.

Meanwhile, AOL started in 1991.  The internet age had gone public. The internet has done more to spread freedom since Gutenburg launched the printing press 500 or so years ago.

The world is getting better.  Infant mortality is down.  Poverty is down.   Freedom is spreading.  The old socialist pushing newspapers are collapsing.  Not long ago, Newsweek sold for $1.

Meanwhile, crime is dropping.  Check this out:

http://www.freerangekids.com/crime-statistics/

Cheer up.  We live in a better world.

Now get busy and do something good for the planet.

The future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades…

I grew up with a very negative worldview.  The world is getting increasingly worse, crime is on the rise, totalitarianism is around the corner, et cetera and et cetera.

I am not angry with my parents.  They did the best they could.  I do get annoyed at the doomsayers who make a lot of money saying doomy things.

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