Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Shocking Statistics To Think About

I mentioned in a blog post some time ago that the annual worldwide abortion total stands at about 46,000,000. This is a holocaust unparalleled in human history: The premeditated murder of so many innocent babies.

But the number 46,000,000, quite frankly, is one of those generic, "big" numbers that most of us deem impressive but don't think about much. Until....

Today I received an e-mail pointing me to a "world clock." This is fascinating to me for many reasons, not all of them statistical, but the one that caught my attention was the one on abortion. That "46,000,000 per year" translates to about 87.5 abortions per minute...and there goes the clock ticking each one of them off at what now seems a horrifically fast pace.

Some statistics about what 87.5 deaths per minute would be like:

  • A small Midwestern town of 1000 would be gone within 11.5 minutes.
  • The village of Paw Paw, Michigan (pop. 3363 in 2000) would be gone in 38.4 minutes.
  • My county of Van Buren, Michigan (pop. 79,018 in 2000) would be gone in just over 15 hours.
  • Kalamazoo County, Michigan, would be gone in a bit less than 2 days.
  • Finland would be wiped out in about 6 weeks.
  • Michigan would be wiped out in about 11.5 weeks.
  • California, the most populous state at about 36,500,000, would be completely exterminated in about 290 days—or about 41.4 weeks.
There's also a ticker that marks off births and deaths (and the corresponding population growth). It is amazing just how frequently humans are being born, and dying, on this planet. And then I realize: Every one of those births is a soul that will live somewhere forever; every one of those deaths is a soul going to either heaven or hell.

If that doesn't impress your soul with the importance of spreading the Gospel message now, you need to examine yourself.

Click here to view the population clock.

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