Originally posted by Shane
Originally posted by Sparta
I just read the Bible for a different reason, not for the religious view but the historical view, when you can read the meanings of it all and understand it how it was meant to be they really are impressive stories and historical accounts.
And this is one of the Keys in which the Scriptures are understood.
They are a Historical Record of Adam, through to Christ.
There is also the Spiritual aspect.
There is also the Prophetic.
As for the query, we do not live forever, due to SIN. It's plainly expressed throughout the Scriptures.
Prior to Noah's Flood, (aka the Great Flood, as great as it may or may not have been), mankind lived for exceeding long periods of time.
Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
Seth lived nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
Now this was lifted and edited down from Genesis 5. Enoch is also not included, since NOWHERE does it indicate he died. He may well still be alive, although that may seem outlandish.
With this noted, there is no indication this "Life Span" enjoyed by Adam and his Generations was exclusive to Adam and his Generations. There is nothing to suggest it was, Biblically speaking, so one could also surmise this was also the same for the Races, created on the 6th Day.
It is also not clearly addressed whether death was introduced due to the events which transpired in the Garden, and afterwards with Cain's pride taking control on the eastern side of the Garden, or not. It is clear that death was associated to The Man, and his Generations, but prior to the choices made by Eve, Adam, and Satan's Spawn, Cain, death is clearly recorded as a way of life.
It was during the Mythic Period, of the gods, and their "taking" of the Daughters of man, that we are introduced to yet another "adjustment" in lifespan. The graced life Noah's Forefathers was reduced to some 120 Years.
After the events at the Tower of Babel, it was reduced further to 70 Years or so.
Now some may suggest these Biblical Accounts are outlandish, and unbelieveable, but I would suggest this wasn't just a Biblical Account.
Google `` Lore and Legends of the Immortals ``
You will find links to Asian, Greek and Native American stories. There are of course the Celtic and Norse tales. There are also the tales found on the darker side when dealing with the Bloodthirsty Vampire Tales.
So this isn`t a Bible Tale, standing alone without any support.
Even the Gilgamesh Epic touches on this.
Just thought it should be noted, and highlighted, that the Live Spans we see today pale with what our ancestors once had.
Scriptures indicate in the coming years, we will again, live a 1000 Years. Forever could be just after that. Who knows.
Enoch didn't die. In Genesis 5:24 it says that Enoch was no more because God took him.
Also in Hebrews 11:5, it says "By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God."
I personally believe he was the first human being that was raptured, Later, Elijah was similarly "caught up to heaven" and eventually, the faithful Church will also be.