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"St Nikolaj Velimirović" - Missionary letters

To the American John Davis who is afraid of the rise of the human race.



Are you worried about what humans will eat when they multiply upon the earth? As many are the miracles so useless is this worry. Did God teach us to worry about this?

“... Who frightened you so much with the idea that the growth of the human race would make the Earth incapable of feeding us? This is still very much the case now. From the Creation of the Universe to the present day this could have happened many times if the Creator of the Universe did not care.”

Instead, it freed us from these worries. He commanded us not to worry even about the next day, let alone about the next century … “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Mathew. 6, 34.

Of course, whoever forgets God he takes upon himself the duty of care that was God’s. But the cares of God are not for the weak backs of man.


Read the ancient Greek myth of Atlas who rebelled against the gods and wanted to take the Earth on his shoulders. When the weight of the Earth was about to crush him, he returned the Earth to the Gods. Do you want to become the new Atlas and repeat the mistake of the ancient Atlas?


Who frightened you so much with the idea that the growth of the human race would make the Earth incapable of feeding us? This is still very much the case now. From the Creation of the Universe to the present day this could have happened many times if the Creator of the Universe did not care. If you believe both in what you write and, in your calculations, write and calculate that from Abraham to the first Pharaoh of Egypt, humans could be as many as insects in the countryside.


Since then, people could cover the entire area and all the islands of our planet. But that did not happen. And this assures us that the world is going with a logic that does not agree with what you write and your calculations.


You alone say that if we cultivated Brazil, we could feed all of Europe and America. But you add, what will happen if Brazil outgrows and cannot supply wheat for export? Oh weird man of concern who will pay for your worries if the population of Brazil or America never grows?

I'm worried now, who will pay for your current worries about something that may happen a hundred years from now and that may never happen?


Please calm down, and do not worry about feeding our three grandchildren. Just as your ancestor was not worried about how you would eat and indeed you managed to provide enough for your own bread for yourself and for your children. Enough with the daily worry for future generations.


You write that your concern for the long future was caused by the hunger that already exists in some countries and you wonder what the situation will be like in a hundred years. But did the hunger increase the number of people?


Did you not read in the Bible how seven barren years brought famine to Egypt in the time of the righteous Joseph? The famine came from drought and not from overpopulation. There was famine in Palestine at the time of the ancestor Jacob, again not because of overpopulation.


Therefore, calm down and be tormented with worries about the bread of those who have not yet been born. But if you want to worry about distant care for people, then do not worry about what people will have in the future but about who they will be. I promise you time whenever the base of Holy Christ teaching, that if our descendants seek above all the Kingdom of God and his justice, will not stay a day without bread, even if they are as many as the grains of the sand on the shores of the sea.


Peace and many greetings


Nikolaj Velimirović




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