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Why is there no proof of men/women living to 900+ years (as the Bible says they did)?

We have found plenty of bones and reminants of societies that lived as far back as "biblical" times, and none of those found have been aged more than 40 years at the time of thier death.

So, if there were people who actually lived for 900 years, why haven't we found the remains? And why have all the remains we've found concluded that human lives were actually shorter than they are now? We haven't even had anyone hit 200 yet with all the modern technology and medicine.

AND if someone was on earth for 900 years, wouldn't we see some mention of them in other books/literature/etc other than the bible? It would seem that it would be something to take notice of or mention somewhere.

*Anyone welcome to reply.

 
ozarkgirl3

Asked by ozarkgirl3 at 1:57 PM on Jun. 4, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Scientifically and biologically, our bodies are not designed to last more than a century. Perhaps it was all that incest that went on with Cain and his sister-wife? Or, serious answer, perhaps the biblical experts are correct when they say that the large numbers didn't indicate the actual age (they didn't keep very good track of years back then) but instead signify that the person had lived "a long time". Some have also said that the translation from aramaic to greek to english lost a zero somewhere and the age was actually 90. But certainly no 900 yr. old fossils or bones have been found. In fact, living past the age of 40 in biblical times was an accomplishment.
    witchqueen

    Answer by witchqueen at 4:19 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • Ohh Ohh I know this one! I asked the rev who runs our day care and his said because of sin. The longer we live the more chance we have to commit sin so God shortened our lives.

    lostshel

    Answer by lostshel at 1:59 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • Because their concept of time and our concept is completely different. So I have been told.



    However, that is why I am not a big fan of the bible.....half of it is corny and the other half just makes no sense.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:00 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • How do we know 1 year was 365 days or how long a day lasted back then? We don't know so they may have thought they were 900 years but really they were only 70 or 80 years of age. We don't know what they thought was a year back then, 365 days barely came into play way after the "jesus" time.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:01 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • wow... never thought of that.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:01 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • good answer ANON:01
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:02 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • The biggest reason is because the environment is so different,and polluted now. When the Bible was written and people lived to hundreds of years old, the earth and the atmosphere were pure and untainted. The air was clear and perfect,and they had no environmental impurities,to contribute to ending their lives young. So, hence,they lived on and on. As time went by,and the world became more industrialized, and pollutants and toxins entered the atmosphere, and people began indulging in things they knew would do them harm,and did it anyway,their lives were shortened extensively. By the time the generations we know came along, life expectancy has been shortened from hundreds of years to maybe a hundred if you're lucky.
    stvmen88

    Answer by stvmen88 at 2:06 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • yea time is an abstract creation that WE created.

    we can not expect people from that long ago to have the same concept of time as we do
    moki1984

    Answer by moki1984 at 2:06 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • How do we know 1 year was 365 days or how long a day lasted back then? We don't know so they may have thought they were 900 years but really they were only 70 or 80 years of age. We don't know what they thought was a year back then, 365 days barely came into play way after the "jesus" time.


    This is our churches stance as well
    mamakirs

    Answer by mamakirs at 2:07 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • And,yeah the anon ahead of me made a good point,also. Time is totally different for God then what we measure as time.
    stvmen88

    Answer by stvmen88 at 2:07 PM on Jun. 4, 2009