OUR BIRTH-RATE is KILLING US -by Andrew Strom. Most of us know that the "replacement" level birthrate is 2.11 children per couple. If a people drops below that birthrate for any length of time, they will begin to wipe themselves out. If their birthrate is closer to "1" than 2, then it will take only a few generations for them to start staring down the barrel of virtual extinction. The West today is committing generational suicide. And many say it is almost impossible to recover. I am writing this from Western Europe - where the birthrate has sunk in the last thirty years to around 1.4 births per woman over the entire EU of 27 nations. Germany is down to 1.32. Spain is 1.38. Italy is 1.28. And it is not too much better in Canada, the USA or Australasia either (where the crisis is bad, but not quite as severe as Europe itself). Isn't it ironic that the very Europeans who invented Universities and founded modern civilization with its many technological marvels and discoveries are now slowly killing themselves as a people? This is the very thing that is behind the massive Islamic advancement in the West. Muslim immigration and birthrates are much higher - and their numbers are already growing alarmingly in Europe. Many believe that within 20-30 years Islam will have the numbers to make a move on several Western European nations. Sharia Law with nuclear weapons, anyone? But the saddest thing of all in this whole "birth-rate" business is that the Christians seem to have swallowed the same lies as the secular people. Did you know that all the way through the Bible, children are seen as a "blessing" - and the more you have, the "richer" you are in so many ways? But we Westerners have been brain-washed to believe the opposite. And it is literally killing us. The greatest cause of our birthrate collapse is that we have allowed the modernists and feminists to convince us that children are a "nuisance" - that they are inconvenient and 'expensive' and take away our "fun" and our "career". These people have appealed to the utter selfishness of our age to convince us to have less and less children - directly against the commandment of God to "Be fruitful and multiply." And so even Christians in the West start acting like children are more of a "curse" than a blessing. They put off having them as long as possible, and have as few as they can. This attitude is as opposite to the Bible as you can get. And it is now causing a crisis beyond imagining right around the Western world. Instead of allowing it to be "God who opens and closes the womb," today we think it is fine to use every pill and surgical operation and medical trick in the book to take God right out of the equation. We simply decide, "We're not going to have more children," and make sure God cannot "open and close the womb" any more. And so we are dying as a people. Can anyone tell me why the Christians today are listening to the secularists and humanists on this topic rather than God? Can anyone tell me why we don't have our "quivers full of arrows" which are the children that the Bible tells us are such a blessing? Why are we letting these liberals and modernists direct how many children we have? If the secularists want to insist on having only one or two children and wipe themselves out, that is their perogitive. But I fail to see why the Christians have to follow along. I only wish that every godly Christian couple in the West would have 8 children or more to make up the difference! Now that would be a "quiver-full," just like the Bible says! And in a couple of generations the Christians would be running the whole show! But seriously, this is a very urgent problem. And I cannot see why the Christians today do not see this as a giant OPPORTUNITY to obey the Bible and make a huge difference in the world. Our attitude towards children needs to change. They need to become a "blessing" again. We need to forget our feeble excuses of 'expense' and "inconvenience" and 'lifestyle' - and get back to God's way of looking at children. We need to start having large families again, and we need to train them up to be true "arrows" in the hands of the Lord. Here's to a gigantic "baby boom" amongst the Christians, my friends - before it is too late. Please send feedback to- prophetic@... May God bless you all! Andrew Strom.