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For those of you who believe in The Bible...

Do you really believe Methuselah lived to be 969 years old? How could that even be possible?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:12 PM on Sep. 14, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • You've just put out an argument for evolution...did you realize that? If the extreme ages in biblical times were true, that would mean that between now and then our bodies have changed. The human body of today is not designed to exist more than a century. So humanity has obviously DEVOLVED and is going backwards. Actually biblical scholars don't see 900 years as meaning an actual 900 years. It just means that he lived a very long time. They didn't have a method of keeping track of birthdays back then because, well, staying alive was more important. Of course, biblically speaking, if you are going to tell a myth, i.e. lie, you should make it a big one. People who will swallow a talking snake and ass, an ark that will hold 60 million species, one family, and food to feed everyone, and a virgin birth will believe ANYTHING!! LOL!

    Answer by witchqueen at 12:14 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • And also wasn't Abraham and Sarah supposedly over 100 when Issac and Ishmael were born...? -OP

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:14 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • He was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born.

    Answer by whittear at 11:19 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • I guess it's not something I ever really questioned. Why can't it be possible? And Ishmael wasn't Sarah's son, he was Hagar's, Sarah's slave and he was born before Isaac so Abraham was a little younger when he was born.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:30 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • Yes I believe it. It doesn't matter how or why,it just was. Many people in the old testament lived hundreds of years.

    Answer by jessa1091 at 11:54 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • well, some people believe in bigfoot, little green space men, and that eating all the fat-free foods you can get your hands on will actually keep you from gaining weight...why not believe someone could live over 900 yrs? i never really thought much about it, personally, but i don't put a ceiling on impossibility.

    Answer by thehairnazi at 11:55 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • less diseases, less contamination. the world was closer to perfection back then than it is now.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • i mean..'possibilities.' ...haha..its possible i could be wrong.

    Answer by thehairnazi at 11:56 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • yeah they were. you have to understand, the earth was way different than it is now. the fact that these extremely old people existed before the biblical flood might account for some of the differences in life expectancy. an extensive flood may have changed a prehistoric atmosphere and climatic conditions that support human existance much more readily than the environmental conditions we endure today.
    A more theological explanation is that the life expectancies declined according to a divine plan; as the earth became more populous, the need for such long life spans disappeared. God's displeasure with human nature enters into the explanation as well: Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive[a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The life expectancy after Noah indeed drops sharply; Noah himself lived to be 950, his son Shem only 600, ( continued)

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:57 PM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • cont- 6 generations later, Terah, the father of Abram, died after 148yrs of life. The reason is still a puzzle, but with God, all things are possible.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:59 PM on Sep. 14, 2009