Life expectancies have risen in many countries around the world thanks to breakthroughs in medical treatment and sanitation in the last century.The maximum age of death has also increased. But as these numbers continue to rise, it raises the question as to how long can people live?
ABC News reports: The record for the world's oldest person is 122 years and the odds of shattering that record are slim, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
In the new study, researchers [at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York] analyzed mortality data from a global database.
They found that while there have been strides in reducing deaths among certain groups -- children, women during childbirth and the elderly -- the rate of improvement was slower for the very old, those over 100 years old.
Next they examined how old centenarians were when they died.
The record holder is Jeanne Calment, of France, who lived until 122 years old. Since her death in 1997, no one has broken her record.
The researchers calculated the odds of someone reaching 125 years in a given year are less than 1 in 10,000.
They think the human life span more likely maxes out at 115 years.
Some aging specialists said the study doesn't take into account advances that have been made in extending the life span -- and health -- of certain laboratory animals including mice, worms and flies through genetic manipulation and other techniques.
The goal is to eventually find treatments that might slow the aging process in humans and keep them healthier longer.
The person in the Bible who lived the longest was Methuselah who in Genesis 5:27 is said to have lived to an astounding 969 years old, although, that was still only a few more years than Jared who lived to 962 (Genesis 5:20).
In Genesis 6:1-3 the Bible says that mankind's life is (without godly intervention) 120 years, but Psalm 90:10 says that Human life proceeds to 70 years old, or "even" through strength to 80.
The Bible, especially in Genesis, describes many people living for hundreds and hundreds of years, although, rarely is there any detail to flesh out what those people done for all that time - their lists of wives and children are comparable to other people who lived normally long lives.
Later books of the Bible make some assertions as to what allows people to live longer; Proverbs 9:10-11 and 10:27 say that fearing God prolongs life, and Exodus 20:12 says the same of honouring your father and mother.
It is worth noting that Adam, who was the first human being, according to Genesis, lived for 930 years (Gen. 5:5) even though God said anyone who ate the apple would die the same day (Gen. 2:17).
Some argue that this means die spiritually, but it seems that to make this argument you have to believe that Adam and Eve are in hell, or at least, not in heaven.
If they are in heaven, and, they lived for hundreds of years after eating the apple, it is quite untrue to say that they died on the day of their scrumping adventure.
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In Genesis 6:3 God limits man's life span to 120
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Some see this as evidence that indeed men had lived much longer lives prior to God saying how long men would live after His statement in Genesis 6:3.
Here are just a few links to some reported agenarians:
Now anyone and everyone can live eternally after they die.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
And having brought them out, he was saying, "Sirs, what is necessary of me to do, that I may be saved?"
They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved."
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Believe means to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in; of the thing believed, to credit, have confidence in.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
“Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” Matthew 19:21
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” John 10:27
“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” John 12:26
“Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James 2:18
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:14-15, 18
“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:7, 9
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:9
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:12-13
When we really believe in something or someone we will commit to that person or thing whether it is our spouse, our job, our hobby, etc.
Believing on Jesus is more than acknowledgment. If we really believe, we will commit. Once we have shown Him true belief, He does the rest as shown here:
“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31
We truly believe. He saves.
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13
We heard and trusted. Jesus saved. The Holy Spirit sealed.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
From the point of our salvation, the Holy Spirit will continue His work in us until the day we with are with Jesus in Glory.
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
When we sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit because we are now a child of God.
We have been bought with a price and belong to Him.
We have the seal of God upon us and will always be His, but He will now discipline us when we disobey to restore our fellowship … not “salvation,” but “fellowship.”
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
Once we have proclaimed true faith in Jesus, we have the promise that we are His, and we are His forever.