There are Trillions of Lives–What about Me?

There are 7.5 billion humans residing on this small Earth, which is 15% of how many people (demographers estimate) that have lived on this Earth over the course of its 4.5 billion year history. Therefore, more people are dead, have died, on this planet than those currently alive. What is more, there are more dead of anything that has lived on this planet than things currently living. Most species of life that have resided on this Earth, say scientists, have become extinct. Most extinct creatures became extinct long before humans, so we don’t have to blame ourselves for those!

Incredibly, there are millions of species of animal types sharing Earth. The numbers of individual animals are in the hundreds if not thousands or millions of trillions, as researchers with a great capacity for counting (at the National Science Foundation) have estimated that there are at least one trillion species of microbial, plant, and animal life residing on Earth.

These numbers should please the Atheist, who cannot believe that such meaningless multiplicity can have a supernatural origin. How could there be a personal deity involved in the lives of trillions of beings?

At the same time, these numbers should please the Theist, who believes that such multiplicity can have nothing other than a divine origin, created and cared for by an omnipotent, omniscient, loving Being.

But if God is watching over plants, microorganisms, birds, snails, snakes, foxes, dogs, and insects, is He also watching over me? How can I know?

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