Can You Really Live Forever?
Can Humans Live Forever?
The quest for immortality is one of the oldest quests known to man. The desire to live forever is innate in humans. Perhaps, this is because life is so short or maybe it’s because of something else, whatever the case, history is ridden with so many stories of mankind’s search for the elixir of youth.
One example of persons who invested a lot in the search for long life is Gilgamesh, a Sumerian king. Legend has it, as told in the Epic of Gilgamesh, that “he made a dangerous journey to learn how to escape death.” He failed.
Other examples include alchemists in China, in the fourth century B.C.E, who concocted a potion laced with mercury and elements of arsenic and sold it to people as an elixir of long life. Of course, this too failed. Alchemists in various times in history have mixed various elements together in a bid to extend the human life span and have only succeeded in poisoning people and sending them to early graves. What about today? Is this search still ongoing?
The Search Today
Today scientists have turned to the study of genes and proteins in biology to give them the answer to prolonged life. So far, they have come up with over 300 theories to explain the mystery of aging and death. They have even succeeded in slowing down the aging process in lab rats and human cells prompting a lot of sponsorship from the rich and famous to further their good work.
One way they have tried to extend the lifespan of humans is by delaying the shortening of Telomeres. Telomeres are the end sections of our chromosomes which actually protect the genetic information in our cells as they reproduce. The Telomeres shorten each time the cells divide and eventually they are no longer able to function which ultimately results in a stop in cell reproduction. At this point, aging starts. Scientists figured that if they can delay the shortening of the telomeres, this would keep the cells reproducing and effectively lengthen our life span. Did this work?
Well, Elizabeth Blackburn and her team did succeed in finding a way to delay the shortening of the Telomeres but eventually, they admitted that even this does not slow down the aging process.
When we consider how much humans are invested in finding a way to lengthen our lifespan it’s not surprising, after all, certain plants and animals live much longer than humans. But considering their failures, one might wonder: “is it really possible for humans to live forever?” To effectively answer this question, we need to answer this one: Have humans ever lived longer than they do now?
Men Who Lived the Longest in Human History
The Bible has a record of seven men who lived the longest in human history.
Methuselah lived for 969 years, holding the record for the person who has lived the longest in history.
Jared lived for 962 years,
Noah lived for 950 years,
Adam lived for 930 years,
Seth lived for 912 years,
Kenan lived for 910 years, and
Enosh lived for 905 years.
How did they live such long lives? The bible says they lived close to the time when humans were perfect.
What the Bible Says About Living Forever
We can all agree that science has failed to provide a thorough explanation for why we grow old and die neither have they succeeded in finding “the fountain of youth.” The bible has something to say about this controversial topic.
The history of aging and death according to the bible is that death started after our first human parents, Adam and eve sinned against God. They lost their perfection and started to grow old and eventually died. So we were not created to ever grow old and die. In fact, if Adam and Eve had not sinned, we wouldn’t be dying today. The Bible goes on to state God’s plan to restore mankind to perfection and put an end to sin and death.
So, the Bible’s answer to the question that has bothered humans for centuries: “Can we live forever?” is Yes! But like everything good, this does not come easy. Why don’t you pick up your bible from that shelf and dust it. Who knows, you might just find the answers to so many questions that science has failed to provide satisfying answers to.