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Q: Could people have lived for over 900 years?
A: Many people find it difficult to believe that Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. Nevertheless, the Bible teaches quite plainly that the early patriarchs often lived to be nearly 1,000 years old and even had children when they were several hundred years old! Similar claims of long life spans are found in the secular literature of several ancient cultures (including the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Chinese). But even a life span of nearly 1,000 years is sadly abbreviated when we consider that God initially created us to live forever.
According to the Bible, God created the first humans—Adam and Eve—without sin and with the ability to live forever. God gave the first human couple everything they needed for their eternal health and happiness in the Garden of Eden; but He warned them not to eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or they would die, as indeed would all their descendants after them (Genesis 2:16–17). When Satan’s deception prompted Eve to disobey this command and then Adam willfully disobeyed, their minds and bodies profoundly changed (Genesis 3). Not only did they become subject to death, but their firstborn child (Cain) became the world’s first murderer. Truly, the wages of sin is death, physically and spiritually. It is sobering to think that the Bible would have been only a few pages long—from creation to the fall into sin—were it not for the undeserved love of God who both promised and sent the Messiah to save us from sin and death (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 25:8; Psalm 49:14–15; 1 John 5:13).
For 1,500 years after creation, men lived such long lives that most were either contemporaries of the first man, Adam, or personally knew someone who was! The ten patriarchs (excluding Enoch) who preceded the Great Flood lived an average of 912 years. Lamech died the youngest at the age of 777, and Methuselah lived to be the oldest at 969.
To read more about the extrabiblical and biological evidence for long life spans, see Did People Like Adam and Noah Really Live over 900 Years of Age?
News to Note Quick Look
Growing a new germ: Has E. coli evolved in front of our very eyes? A recent report in New Scientist claims that it has—and is a poke in the eye for creationists. But when we take a look at the facts, is this actually the case? Or is this another example of the emperor trying on new clothes? Read more.
Time before time: Physicists in the U.S. have claimed we may be able to detect time before time: what existed before the fabled big bang. Read more.
Also: a dinosaur-like battle, spotting a unicorn, fishing for monkeys, and the missing Scandinavians. Read more.
Meet a Zonkey
If you have never met a zonkey before—or have never heard of one—then we have a special treat for you. During your visit to our Creation Museum (near Cincinnati, Ohio), be sure that you leave time for the brand new Petting Zoo. There you’ll discover an exciting mix of unique animals, including a camel, llamas, goats, a zonkey, and a zorse.
What is a zonkey? Quite simply, a zonkey is a cross between a donkey and a zebra—a cross that demonstrates the species that have arisen from the original created kinds. In similar fashion, a zorse is a zebra–horse mix. Now’s your chance to see both up close.
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