Author Topic: Why are there still hungry people in the world when there is enough food for all  (Read 196 times)

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Reposting this - with some relevant Bible verses - from another thread for more focused discussion on this subject.

The Bible says. Deut 14 (RSV): "Regulations concerning Tithes

28 “At the end of every three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your produce in the same year, and lay it up within your towns; 29 and the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled; that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do."

Deut 15:

"4 But there will be no poor among you (for the Lord will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess), 5 if only you will obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all this commandment which I command you this day. 6 For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

7 “If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren, in any of your towns within your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. 9 Take heed lest there be a base thought in your heart, and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye be hostile to your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and it be sin in you. 10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him; because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. 11 For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in the land."


The wealth God has given us should benefit others. There is enough food to feed the world, yet hundreds of millions live in poverty and hunger, and that will soon be billions. Why? Because of selfishness and indifference. That is not right. As Saints have said, "Riches have eternal value when we use them to bless others"; unlike what Protestants think, good works merit eternal life; I know some will criticize this, but it's reasonable that a portion of the taxes we pay go to feed good poor people.

One person cannot end poverty; yet everyone can reasonably contribute a minimum amount so that, at least, there can be as few poor and suffering hungry people in the world. 2 Billion poor people expected to be poor by 2050 is clearly just too much.

See for source: "Today, 795 million people are hungry. Another 2 billion are expected to join them by 2050.

However, global food production is incredibly efficient. The world’s farmers produce enough food to feed 1.5x the global population. That’s enough to feed 10 billion (we are at 7.6 billion currently)."

https://medium.com/@jeremyerdman/we-produce-enough-food-to-feed-10-billion-people-so-why-does-hunger-still-exist-8086d2657539

This is why I favor Q-UBI for at least the bottom 20% of the population like Rahul Gandhi's NYAY in India is, so that no poor person ready to work needs to go to bed hungry. 100 years ago, this was not possible. Today, it is.

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« Last Edit: September 29, 2022, 01:28:40 PM by Xavier »
Bible verses on walking blamelessly with God, after being forgiven from our former sins. Some verses here: https://dailyverses.net/blameless

"[2] He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice:[3] He that speaketh truth in his heart, who hath not used deceit in his tongue: Nor hath done evil to his neighbour: nor taken up a reproach against his neighbours.(Psalm 14)

"[2] For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man."(James 3)

"[14] And do ye all things without murmurings and hesitations; [15] That you may be blameless, and sincere children of God, without reproof, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation; among whom you shine as lights in the world." (Phil 2:14-15)
 

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Answer: Socialism and Corruption
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Corruption would certainly be a reason in Africa and Latin America.
 
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Probably because you can't trust Third World crapholers to feed their neighbor.  It's just not a virtue or thought for them. 
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