If evolutionists are correct and modern man evolved 500,000 years ago (some would go back as far as 2,000,000 BC), at a population growth rate of 0.01%, there would have been approximately 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that is 2 with 43 zeroes) people on the Earth by the time Christ was born.
Keep in mind that evolutionists would have us believe that there were only 5,000,000,000 on the Earth at 8,000 BC, and with a growth rate of 0.05% (five times HIGHER than the figure I just posted), the population grew to 200,000,000 by 1 AD. In order to reach 200 MILLION over the course of 500,000 years, the growth rate would have had to be 3.8%.
We finally hit 1,000,000,000 around 1800 AD, and are sitting pretty at over 6,000,000,000 right now. The population growth rate over the last 100 years is just over 1.5%. The high was 2% in the 1960s, and has settled down at 1.11% in 2017.
The math does not add up. With a population growth rate half as high as we have now, it only took 8,000 years to increase by 195 MILLION people. Being generous and pretending that people were reproducing FIVE TIMES less often over the previous 492,000 years, there is no WAY that you can account for the lack of population without a major global catastrophe.
Evolutionists would again have you believe that 10,000 years ago (8,000 BC) was the beginning of the current pause of the Quaternary Ice Age. In other words, most of humanity was wiped out around 8,000 BC.
This coincides, interestingly enough, with The Bible. Christians believe that Adam was created in 4,000 BC, and we know that most dating measures are inaccurate enough to account for the difference.
Gap theorists (which I am) believe that the Earth is older than 6,000 years, but was destroyed by a flood and restored in 6,000 BC. This just happens to coincide with Ice Age theory as well.
Regardless, we can ALL agree that there was a global catastrophic event that would have brought human population to a relatively small number between 6000-8000 year ago.
I would posit that a 0.05% growth rate is still too low. Yes, mortality rates were much higher than they are now, but so were birth rates. We live in an industrialized world where children are no longer a necessity, and we still have a 1.11% population growth rate. In non-industrial Africa, the rate is 2.5% in 2017. Is it logical to assume that the growth rate was actually higher than 0.05% prior to 1 AD?
That would again throw the math off. UNLESS, there was ANOTHER global catastrophe that happened, let’s say, around 2300 BC.
If the Biblical account of Noah’s flood is true, then 8 people survived. With a mere population growth of 0.7%, we could make it to the estimated 200 MILLION by the time of Christ’s birth. I believe this is much more plausible than the ridiculously low rate of 0.05%.
I believe in the Flood. I believe that the data backs up the Flood. The Bible, once again, proves reliable.