How and Why Did People in the Bible Live So Long?

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Why were life spans of people living in biblical times so much long then than they are today?  What has changed?  Why did people in the Old Testament live for hundreds of years before the flood drop dramatically after the flood?  Why do people living today live much shorter life spans than in the days in which the Bible was written?

Long Lives in the Ancient Days

The first few humans recorded in the Bible, in particular the Old Testament, lived an exceedingly long number of years.  Adam lived to the age of 930 years, his son Seth lived 912, his son Lamech lived 777 years, Lamech’s son Noah lived to 950 years, his son Shem lived 600 years.  There is a pattern that shows up.  Progressively, each generation lived shorter and shorter lives.  Adam was the first human created and must have been nearly perfect.  They were more perfect in health, size, and stature.  Perhaps the first generations of humans lived such long lives because they were so close to the man that God created and what God creates was perfect from the beginning.  That is until sin entered the human race.  Sin is destructive and the continuing sin through the generations had a cumulative effect.  By the time Abraham was born, the life spans had shrunk considerably.

Even though Abraham lived to 175 years, Moses lived only 120 years.  The effects of the fall of man, which happened in the Garden of Eden, had an effect. The creation had fallen with the fall of man.  God cursed the land after Adam and Eve sinned.  No longer would the environment be perfect.  Even nature itself would be feeling the effects of sin.

God Curses the Ground

After the fall of man, God said to Adam in Genesis 3:17-18, “To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat froAdam&Evem it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.”  So here is part of the reason.  The ground became difficult to work.  Thorns and thistles were found in the earth and man had to work hard to produce food.  The fall also may have produced disease and sickness since the ground was now cursed.

By the time the Psalms were being written, the lifespan of mankind had shrunk closer to what they are today, as testified in Psalm 90:10, “The length of our days is seventy years–or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”

Sin Destroys

Sin has always been a corrupter.  It corrupts humans, it corrupts even the creation as noted in Romans 8:22, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.“  Sin is seen as a disease and it separates man from God.  And when there is a separation from the Life Giver, then life ebbs.  Since the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), this could extend to the creation itself.  Rebellion against God always incurs a cost.

Sin Shortens Life

It is no surprise that today there are more drug and alcohol addictions and abuse than ever before.  These sins are known to shorten a person’s life.  We know that drinking in excess and drug abuse (being illegal) destroy brain cells, the liver, and other muscular and neurological systems.  These sins cause a person’s life to be take away in a more rapid sense that the average.

Life Span Statistics

Today the average life span of a man is nearing 70 and is close to 75 for women.  It is less in less developed nations but longer in other nations that are, paradoxically, less developed.  Diet, access to alcohol, drugs, and environmental factors are the greatest contributors to human’s life spans.  The correlation is sin shortens life…and the sins of man, e.g., in industrial waste, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, hasten the end of a person’s life.

How to Lengthen Life

The way to lengthen life is to eat a balanced diet, don’t smoke, don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol, avoid drugs, particularly illicit drugs, and to exercise at least three times a week.  A proper day of rest is also of supreme importance.   Most people in Western Civilizations have at least one day of rest.  For most of Western society it is Sunday.  God commanded a Sabbath-rest in the Old Testament and there still remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God today (Heb. 4:9).  God created us. He knows our bodies better than we do.  He knows we need to rest and this is part of the reason He commanded the Sabbath day to rest.  Most Christians rest on Sunday.  In fact, as a former manager, I understood that most people can get more done on six days than in seven.  This is because of the simple fact that a rest worker is a more productive and capable worker than if they work seven days a week, week after week.

How to Have the Longest Life There is only one true way to have the longest life span of all. That is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He gives to those who believe in Him eternal life (John 3:16). This means that a person will live forever. They will never tire, have no need to sleep, and will be healthy and happy for eternity. The best part is that this grace from God is free. You simply have to believe that Jesus Christ is the One and Only way to the Father in Heaven (Acts 4:12). If you believe in the Son of God, you will never, ever die again. And that is the longest life possible. I pray you will accept this eternal life today.

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Chinedu Udenwoke May 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I like ur writeups, keep it up


Jack May 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Thank you so very much Chinedu. Please do come back again soon my friend.


nitzaly October 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

i have a question: then why in my catholic school we learned about the big bang? if God created earth


Jack Wellman October 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

The Catholic church, for the most part, does not exclude the Big Bang theory. The Catholic church reasons that the Big Bang was caused by God who was the effect of the bang and the resulting universe.


nitzaly October 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

what about the cave men and dinosuars and how was god created ?

Jack Wellman October 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

God was not created, otherwise He would not be God. We have an article that discusses dinosaurs. Just type that word into the search box to find out more on these subjects.


james June 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

if our lifespan is shortened by being separated from god than why do most birds and animals live much shorter lives than humans?

unbelievers may need a longer earthly life to give them the opportunity to hear the gospel but why do Christians also live long earthly lives? after all isn’t heaven be better than our earthly life?so why doesn’t God just send us to heaven right after we accept jesus into our hearts?


helen January 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

that is because even christians are not perfect.
we are far from being perfect. we only try to be in God, but that does not mean that we do not commit sin


Answerer February 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

I would just like to add one other thing here. Sometimes, simply accepting Jesus may not be enough. You may need to get to know him more. You need to exercise your faith in God through different trials that come your way. You need to help other people to believe and understand the word of God. So many people, rich and poor alike, die on this earth without really experiencing happiness. If you’re rich, you have so many things to worry about. If you’re poor, even little things, like dental hygiene, need to be worried about. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend your days actually doing something worthwhile, like helping the oppressed or preaching? Wouldn’t you want , just for ONCE, to have to not care about your looks, your wealth, and your popularity? It’s so annoying that these kind of things have to be taken seriously yet have no effect on where we go after we die! If you live long, you will have a lot of chances to experience God’s miracles. Wouldn’t I sound lazy if I just asked God to send me to heaven right after accepting him? You don’t need to be so worried about life after you’ve accepted him. After all, he’ll always be by your side to help you whether you live long or not. The quality of your life is more important than the quantity. Whether you live long or not, you need to make good use of it and be close to God.


James McCarthy June 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

I believe in God but it is utterly insane for people in this day and age to believe that humans lived to be 900 at one time.


Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thank you Mr. McCarthy for your comment. You say you believe in God but you must not believe in His Word, the Bible. With few exceptions, 30,000 days is the average human lifespan – 40,000 if you’re lucky according to the latest reports in human genealogy. However, two-thousand years ago average life expectancy was less than 20 years or about 7,000 days. It is difficult to imagine, but most of our ancestors kicked the bucket before our modern legal drinking age but today we have better nutrition and this has increased the life span dramatically.

Bacteria, predators, accidents, extremes in weather and the lack of a reliable food source meant humans led short, dirty, brutal existences. That is if they survived birth at all. Infant mortality rates ranged from 300 or 400 deaths per 1,000 live births in the 18th century, while we see only seven per 1,000 today, however thousands of years ago bacteria, infectious diseases and cancer were less prevalent.

For example, in 1796, life expectancy hovered around 24 years. A hundred years later it doubled to 48. In our modern world of air conditioners, hand washing and booster shots, you have a good chance of living 63 years, which is the world average. However, for those fortunate enough to live in a first-world country, lifespan jumps considerably. Lifespans have increased and decreased and again, increase in the last century.

Again, if you believe in God you must believe what the Bible says. Do you see my point sir?


James McCarthy June 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

It is well documented by anthropologists and archeologists that the farther back in time you go, the more short-lived people were. There are exceptions, of course. King Ramses of Egypt who lived over 4000 years ago, lived to be in his 90’s while everyone around him were dying off in their twenties.
It would be far-fetched enough to ask me to believe that people back then lived to be 100, so please don’t expect me to believe that people lived to be 900 at one time. 900?! What kind of mind would a 900 year old person have? It would be nothing like ours. They would be demigods, not human beings.

You have to keep in mind when the Bible was written and whom it was written for. There is symbolism, cultural prejudices and indeed, superstition and magic in the Bible.
There is an ignorance of the cosmos on the very first page of Genesis. The writer did not understand what the moon was. He did not know that the sun was a star or what stars actually were.
This also is an indication that the Bible is not literally the word of God.
Of course, the biggest fallacy of all in the Bible, as well as the Quran, is the perpetuation of the ancient Pagan myth that we live in a ‘fallen’ universe. This is the belief that life is difficult and we die because our ancestors did something to anger the gods.
Today we now fully realize that our universe is simply a natural universe. This is why our universe is imperfect- because nature is imperfect. Nature is hit or miss, trial and error- evolution. This doesn’t just apply to our planet but the entire universe.

It doesn’t mean that there is no God. It simply means that God is not a creator in a hands-on literal sense. God simply planted the seed to our universe and watches it grow. God may intervene from time to time but God does not disregard our free will and manipulate us like puppets on strings. This point I’m sure you agree with.
Likewise, God does not manipulate the universe around us like some puppet master, either. It is natural forces like gravity that create the planets and stars. Otherwise, why would God supernaturally create uninhabitable planets? Most are either too small, too big, too close or too far away from the stars they orbit to sustain life. This indicates a random natural origin.

What the true nature of God is, we don’t really understand yet. Maybe some day we will.
In the meantime, we muddle through life as best we can while treating our neighbors as we would have them treat us. That idea the Bible is quite correct about.


Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

If the Bible is not the Word of God then, you have answered what I was asking as to whether you believe in God. Yes, we do muddle through life. I might ask you, if you were to die tonight or tomorrow, do you know with certainty where you would go? That is ultimately the most important question of all. If there is a heaven and hell, where do you supposed that you would go after death? That is more important that all the other extraneous questions that we could ever ask. I pray that is something that you consider above all the arguments over whether the Bible is truly the Word of God or not. My hope is that you can be certain of this great question sir.

Thank you Mr. McCarthy.


Answerer February 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

We didn’t die because our ancestors committed a sin to anger God. We died because our ancestors ate that fruit from Satan. It was the fruit that killed us, not God and the fruit was what made everything imperfect and sinful, thus, the reason why nature is imperfect. By the way, God probably didn’t create “perfect” planets because he’s not planning to put any other complex life forms like us on those planets.


James McCarthy June 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

No, I don’t know with certainty what would happen if I died tomorrow but neither do you.

I conjecture that the truly evil people of this world (who make up a tiny minority) would disappear into oblivion since their evil has rendered them soulless. No soul= no afterlife.
The vast majority of people are imperfect but generally mean well so hopefully there is an alternate existence for our souls to continue on in some other form after our bodies die.


Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

My friend, I do know for certain. Mine is not a hope-so but a know-so. Read 1 John and count the number of times that He said, you can or we can “Know”. Your opinion “hopefully there is an alternate existence for our souls” is a hope-so.


James McCarthy June 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Why do people say that they ‘believe’ in God then?

To me, hoping that there is an afterlife is still better than pretending that one can somehow know that there is a God and an afterlife as the result of being emotionally swayed by pretty sounding words in the Bible.

Take love, for example. Love is not just an emotion. Love is an intellectual concept as well. Love, when adhered to properly, leads to harmony and order, whereas hatred and fear lead to chaos.
I feel that faith or belief in God should be arrived at intellectually as well, rather than letting your emotions run away with you. Emotions can be self-deceptive.
I can’t help thinking that this is what actually happens when people say that they have had a ‘born again’ experience.

Besides, If we knew that there was a God and an afterlife then we wouldn’t need much faith then, would we?


Answerer February 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

You can’t arrive to God with human intelligence. Human intelligence cannot compare to faith in God. Human intelligence is too suspicious and proud, so it can’t easily let God in. Faith may know less, but it is much stronger and humble. We must not forget that God’s intellect is higher than us and that if we try to prove God in the scientific way, we’ll never find him, because science is unwilling to acknowledge a creator and instead, tries to give credit to humans or nature. Not that science is entirely bad but believing and relying on science may not be wise. The reason we need faith is because of our pride. When people are born again, they’re not letting their emotions run away with them. They’re changing for the better; you should be happy for them. We’re just lucky enough to have God watching over us so that love still exists; when the rupture happens and he brings all his believers into heaven and leaves Earth, love will no longer exist.


Lars Kullberg June 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

Hello James
You do not interpret faith the way Christians do. The Word of God says “….faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen “.
Also: “….the natural man doth not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for to him they are foolishness, and he is not able to know them, because they are discerned spiritually “.
Hebrews 11:1, 1Corinthians 2:14.
My friend, I plead with you to believe the gospel and in earnest, heartfelt prayer accept Jesus as your only Savior. Seek the Lord while He may be found, call on Him while He is near. For now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation!!
Isaiah 55:6, 2Corinthians 6:2.

James McCarthy June 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

To me, hoping that there is a God is still better than pretending that you somehow know that there is a God when you really don’t.
If we knew there was a God then we wouldn’t need much faith then, would we?


Jack Wellman June 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

Okay, thank you Mr. McCarthy for your comment.


James McCarthy June 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

You’re welcome. I hope I didn’t sound too egotistic. If your faith and your belief in the Bible as the word of God make you happy and help you deal with the problems in life then God speed.


Jack Wellman June 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Thank you so much Mr. McCarthy. I did not take your comment as being egotistic but just frank honesty for which I can respect. Please return again anytime sir and I pray the best for you.


Daniel Yarbrough December 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

God sent his Son to Earth. The people of earth got to see the flesh and blood reality. They had the ability to believe not only by faith but by site as well. What did they do? They killed him.

The Devil is just as real as Christ is. He will throw anything from a sports game to a science book at you to distract or deceive you.

There is a lot of books out there, but only one has had Gods hand over it to protect it from being corrupted.

John 1:1, and John 1:14 are great verses to back up the word of God being pure.


Answerer February 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

A true believer of God doesn’t pretend to know God exists; he KNOWS God exists. And even if we know God exists, there are many concepts and ideas that can still distract us.


Patrick Martin June 26, 2012 at 2:39 am

Great stuff Mr. Wellman.

Sin really is such a destructive thing. God first created Adam to be a perfect man. One who should have lived on for eternity. Once sin entered the world it is not hard to perceive that Adam lived for such a long time because whenever you put the years he lived up against eternity, he did not live for a long time. As time goes on, the world continues to become more and more corrupted by sin so it is plausible that life expectancy would have decreased throughout all of the years. Thankfully though, we have a savior. So, while we may not live for 900 years here, we get to make a quicker leave from this earth to reside with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven! This also means that we should be move fast in joining God in His works so that more souls can be added to the Kingdom!
Here is a link to an article that you may find interesting on this subject:
-Despite the URL. It has nothing to do with dinosaurs!

Also, I think that believing in our Father and knowing He exists brings upon more faith than having a hopeful uncertainty. There are so many instances where people had to act upon their faith. All of God’s promises were fulfilled by having belief in what He told them and then acting upon it. That is true faith. I mean what if Moses had really doubted that the Red Sea would be parted when he rose that staff? Also, God offers us salvation by believing upon Jesus Christ, but our faith is dead if we doubt and do not act according to the life that God has called us to.

James 2: 14-17
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

I know this is a lot to read but I just think that having uncertainty in God only gives us an excuse to justify our actions, and thus results in telling ourselves the lie that we only have to “be a good enough person” to enter an afterlife, if one exists. Salvation relies purely upon the grace that our Father has given freely upon us, and it is nothing that we can earn. If we rely upon what Christ did for us then we can only boast in Him alone, and not our works. This is not to contradict my previous statement when I say that faith without deeds is dead because our deeds come from our love for Christ and not our own efforts to earn our spot in Heaven.

Again, I am sorry for such a long comment, but I just have a lot to say whenever it comes to Jesus. Also, this is not to trudge on any of the beliefs of Mr. McCarthy, but to just express my opinion of the matter. Looking forward to your reply. God bless you brother!


Jack Wellman June 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Patrick, no problem with a long comment. I liked the link you provided. Very good and the graff was excellent. Our faith is only as strong as the Object of our faith and that is Jesus Christ. We can not pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe. I appreciate your comments. Acting on our faith is putting feet to it. It is not dead indeed as you said. Well stated Patrick. I so appreciate your visiting us my friend.


James McCarthy June 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

Think of it this way:
If you were a writer would you write a book about perfect people living in a perfect world? There are no challenges, no hardships. No need for inventions. No goals.
It wouldn’t make a very interesting story, would it?

Take the story of Adam and Eve:
Since God is omnipotent, God knew all along that Adam and Eve would fall.
Therefore, It was actually meant to be.

This story is symbolism and its about the double-edged sword that is consciousness. It’s not simply just a morality tale about what happens if you disobey God.

Now we must learn right from wrong for ourselves. We have to struggle and learn how to solve problems. We overcome adversity. We invent things. We ponder the universe and explore it.
Doesn’t this make for a much more interesting story from God’s point of view as well as our own?

We were never meant to be perfect beings living in a perfect universe while here on earth.
The perfect universe is Heaven.

Sin only applies to human beings and how we conduct ourselves in human society.
Sin has nothing to do with how our physical universe is constructed.
Nature is amoral. The universe is amoral.
We are amoral if left alone to live like animals but thanks to our consciousness (“I think, therefore, I am”), we are beyond that. We can be moral rather than simply amoral.
Of course consciousness (or ‘knowledge’ as it’s referred to in Adam and Eve) is a double-edged sword, as I mentioned. People can act immorally as well. We have free will.

I know that Christians don’t like the idea of God creating a natural and amoral universe in a natural, rather than supernatural way. Everything that God makes is supposed to be moral and perfect in every way.
I’m sorry but I believe that is a misconception.
I believe that God purposely meant for the universe around us to be natural, imperfect and amoral.
It is up to us to try as best we can to transcend that, though.


Jack Wellman June 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Mr. McCarthy, I just love your transparency and there are many valuable things that you have said here. My job is not to agree with everyone that leaves a comment but to allow them the freedom to leave such comments. Your words are weighty indeed and free will allows us to understand that we are responsible for our actions and consequences come with our actions. Well said my friend. Thank you for comment here my friend.


Answerer February 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

Well, the world could’ve been perfect if Satan hadn’t fooled Adam and Eve to eat that fruit. In fact, he shouldn’t have rebelled against God. As for the reason why God placed that fruit there, we’ll probably never know. There is no need for us to know because we’re just humans. It’s not like we can do anything about it. It might hurt us more or drive us crazy if we knew God’s thoughts and plans. He’s a superior force and things that seem impossible for us are possible for him. He understands things we understand as well as things we don’t understand. He knows how to use his wisdom and knowledge. It’s better to leave the complicated things for him and trust in him. After all, he loves us and perhaps the reason we don’t know the reasons for many of his actions is because he loves us. He knows what is healthy for us and what is not healthy. Have you noticed how you’re much bolder when you know less?? When we know too much, it’s easier to be paranoid and for our faith in God to decrease. There’s a limit even in knowing and learning and if we’re wise, we don’t cross those limits.


Answerer February 9, 2013 at 10:31 am

That’s a possibility, but God could’ve also had other plans that could’ve been fulfilled if sin hadn’t enter the universe.


James McCarthy June 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Thank you, Mr. Wellman. You’re very understanding. I know that you love God but are willing to patiently listen to others views that differ from yours.
When I post my comments on Yahoo from time to time I’m often besieged with insults from both Atheists as well as some Christians no matter how politely I try to phrase my views.
Your attitude is quite refreshing.


Jack Wellman June 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Sadly Mr. McCarthy, some Christians do not act like they are and to be honest, I get more persecution from believers than I ever do from agnostics or atheists (of which I don’t feel you are either). I see you write for Yahoo! So do I. Is your contributor name James McCarthy? I will try and check out your work sir. I love talking with atheists or agnostics for I truly feel that they deserve the dignity and respect as much as anyone and why not? I am no better than they.

I also echo your feelings that you seem to have a calm demeanor and I truly do respect you for it sir. Thank you as well my friend.


James McCarthy June 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I consider myself a Deist or maybe a ‘Scientific Theist’.
On twitter my user name is ‘godsearcher 13’ or something like that. I’m not sure, I don’t ‘twitter’ much.
My contributor name when I ask questions or give answers on Yahoo is just ‘james’ but my profile is James McCarthy.
However, I’m rather ambivalent about giving that info out, though. I sometimes regret some of the things I say.

I mainly use the computer to post my artwork. I’m a painter.
If you’re interested you can google:
‘James McCarthy- Surrealism and the Landscape.’
I have artwork on about a dozen different sites.


Jack Wellman June 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I can completely understand my friend for not posting your url for your profile. It’d be like us posting our email address….not a good idea. I will have to check out your artwork my friend.

By the way, you are in good company (unless I have ruined it)…for being sorry for regretting what has been said. I just feel there is something special about you, and not just your gift at art. Its been a distinct pleasure sir and I am sure this won’t be our last conversation.


Jack October 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Dude I have been a christian all my life, and I am thirteen right now. My question is, why are atheists so argumentative about God and why do they even come to these websites?

Whitney White July 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

I found your article interesting; however, the part where you insisted that alcohol and drug (illegal) abuse shorten a person
‘s life, I found to be a very closed-minded statement. Drug abuse, whether the drugs are illegal or not, is a sin, which shortens life. Think about the dang word abuse. Abusing something is sin. You must be one of those people who think taking drugs from a doctor is fine, even if you abuse them. You are one of the reason’s why our society has such a large drug addiction and abuse problem.


Jack Wellman July 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Thank you Whitney for your comment. You are saying that I am one of the reasons why our society has such a large drug addiction and abuse problem? Can you explain that to me please? How am I responsible? I came out of a physically abusing family and was a drug abuser myself so I would be very interested in knowing how I am contributing to drug addiction and abuse problems.


Danny December 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Hello Jack, maybe Whitney will never reply. But I thought I would share my opinion.

In your article, you said that drug abuse (being illegal) will kill you.

Seems like you made an implication that drugs will kill you, that’s why they are illegal.

Where is I found that statement being not true at all. There are many legal drugs like alcohol that can kill you. But illegal drug like Marijuana doesn’t kill. It technically can contribute to pollution of your lungs, but devices like vaporizer literally have no physical ill effects. In fact, the very reason I’m here on this site, is because it’s Sunday, a day to rest. I rolled up a joint of some potent Marijuana, and started wondering about life and our true purpose. I then wondered if Bible’s stories of people living to 900 years old are real, and started researching And I stumbled to your site. Instead of drinking and driving, I’m smoking and wondering about life.

It’s the mentality that ALL DRUGS KILL that starts the abuse in the first place. Then our kids find out weed doesn’t kill, but makes you eat a lot, they feel lied to.

Let’s take a stand and teach our kids that not all drugs kill, some drugs carry no purpose (Cocaine, heroin, meth etc). While some are very spiritual (Marijuana, Magic Mushrooms) and can be used for ones advancement (pain relief, relaxation, meditation). Just like a glass of wine will warm you up and help you relax.

Just because government has Marijuana as Schedule 1 Drug, does not mean we should lie to our kids about it’s true effect. In fact, it’s like lying to god. Marijuana is a god made plant, some HUMANS decided it’s ILLEGAL therefore BAD. Now you preach that it’s bad, not because it’s bad, but because if you go against the government, you will be frowned upon. Do you think laws affect your personal opinion on this subject as well?

But anyways, those lies are responsible for drug abuse.

You certainly not at fault for current drug abuse problem (well, a little, we all are, it’s our society). Good day sir.


Jack Wellman December 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Thank you Danny for your comment. Yes, God created marijuana and is a “god plant” but so also God created alcohol, sulfuric acid, and poison ivy but saying that just because God created something doesn’t mean it is good for us. He created cyanide too but you can’t convince me that is it a “God plant” meaning its okay. I never said anywhere that all all drugs are bad. Some save lives. Lies are not responsible for drug abuse, people are.

By the way, marijuana carries many, many risks that I can not mention all in this short comment. So are:

Marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off.[1] Brain imaging studies in chronic users tend to show some consistent alterations.

A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Some of these studies have shown age at first use to be an important risk factor, where early use is a marker of increased vulnerability to later problems. However, at this time, it is not clear whether marijuana use causes mental problems, exacerbates them, or reflects an attempt to self-medicate symptoms already in existence.

Chronic marijuana use, especially in a very young person, may also be a marker of risk for mental illnesses – including addiction – stemming from genetic or environmental vulnerabilities, such as early exposure to stress or violence. Currently, the strongest evidence links marijuana use and schizophrenia and/or related disorders.4 High doses of marijuana can produce an acute psychotic reaction; in addition, use of the drug may trigger the onset or relapse of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals.[2]

Marijuana increases heart rate by 20-100 percent shortly after smoking; this effect can last up to 3 hours. In one study, it was estimated that marijuana users have a 4.8-fold increase in the risk of heart attack in the first hour after smoking the drug.[3]

Numerous studies have shown marijuana smoke to contain carcinogens and to be an irritant to the lungs. In fact, marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. Marijuana users usually inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than tobacco smokers do, which further increase the lungs’ exposure to carcinogenic smoke. Marijuana smokers show dysregulated growth of epithelial cells in their lung tissue, which could lead to cancer. [4]

A study of 450 individuals found that people who smoke marijuana frequently but do not smoke tobacco have more health problems and miss more days of work than nonsmokers.8 Many of the extra sick days among the marijuana smokers in the study were for respiratory illnesses. [5]

In one study, heavy marijuana abusers reported that the drug impaired several important measures of life achievement, including physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, social life, and career status. [6]

The latest treatment data indicate that in 2008 marijuana accounted for 17 percent of admissions (322,000) to treatment facilities in the United States, second only to opiates among illicit substances. Marijuana admissions were primarily male (74 percent), White (49 percent), and young (30 percent were in the 12-17 age range). Those in treatment for primary marijuana abuse had begun use at an early age: 56 percent by age 14.

I never said “all drugs kill” but marijuana is not a harmless little “God plant” and you can look up the research yourself. The “kids” need to know the truth and this is not my opinion but medical scientific evidence.

1. Pope HG, Gruber AJ, Hudson JI, Huestis MA, Yurgelun-Todd D. Neuropsychological performance in long-term cannabis users. Arch Gen Psychiatry 58(10):909–915, 2001

2. Moore TH, Zammit S, Lingford-Hughes A, et al. Cannabis use and risk of psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: A systematic review. Lancet 370 (9584):319–328, 2007.

3. Mittleman MA, Lewis RA, Maclure M, Sherwood JB, Muller JE. Triggering myocardial infarction by marijuana. Circulation 103(23):2805–2809, 2001.

4. Tashkin DP. Smoked marijuana as a cause of lung injury. Monaldi Arch Chest Dis 63(2):92–100, 2005.

5. Polen MR, Sidney S, Tekawa IS, Sadler M, Friedman GD. Health care use by frequent marijuana smokers who do not smoke tobacco. West J Med 158(6):596–601, 1993.

6. Gruber AJ, Pope HG, Hudson JI, Yurgelun-Todd D. Attributes of long-term heavy cannabis users: A case control study. Psychological Med 33(8):1415–1422, 2003.


Danny December 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hi Jack,

Thank you for your reply! I re-read my first post, and it might’ve sounded like I was accusing you. It wasn’t my intent!

I agree that Marijuana can be abused, and it can cause an imbalance in ones life. Like anything else. I have experienced it myself!

Can I ask you something? What do you think of Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybe cubensis).

Do you think they can improve your relationship with God? Maybe develop a deeper appreciation for the universe, our planet and fellow humans.

Thank you, it’s a pleasure to chat!

Jack Wellman December 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Thank you Danny. I am 1/8th Cherokee and some of my relatives and I tried out mushrooms while I lived in Arkansas and they never gave me problems but I had some strictnine (spelling?) cramps in my stomach so I can’t answer whether they are good or not for you. I suspect they are not good but I was also a long, long, time user of marijuana and I smoked it for many, many years. I know marijuana also speeds up the aging process.

I am so glad you commented again. I apologize if I overeacted and I beleive that I did and for that, I am sorry sir. Please forgive me.

I am overjoyed you want to draw closer to God for He wants to be closer to you. Truly, the Gospel of John is the most precious and endearing to me and this gospel seems to make Jesus closer than the other gospels for John was so tender hearted and sensitive of all the apostles. Try reading John chapter 3, 6, 7 and 10 and then the last prayers and messages to His disciples before He dies in John 17 because it is really, really deep and makes me cry and feel close to God. read these chapters and let me know what you think sir and again, I am sorry. Thanks Danny. You really remind me of myself a few years ago brother. May God bless you and draw you close to Himself.


D.Richardson July 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

Correction Lamech lived 777 yr as Methuselah was the oldest living man lived 969 yrs.


Jack Wellman July 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thank you. Correction made. My apologies. Here is more evidence that only the Word of God is without error! 🙂


Meg July 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

It is important for everyone to know that God’s Sabbath is Saturday not Sunday. Even though most keep Sunday that does not make it correct. God hallowed and blessed Saturday. The Catholic church (Roman Empire) switched it to Sunday with no authority from God to do so.


Jack Wellman July 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thank you Meg for your comment. Are you saying that those who don’t keep Saturday for the sabbath are lost and not going to heaven?


Meg July 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

No. Most people do not even know that Saturday is the correct sabbath. God did make saturday the specific day of rest. The fourth commandment does not say “choose any day you want to rest on”. It specifically states “the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:” etc. Sunday is the first day of the week. Saturday is the 7th. I’m sure there will be plenty of people in heaven that have kept Sunday (the 1st day) as the sabbath. When you are brought to the truth that Saturday is the correct day and you still choose to keep Sunday I believe that is a sin. Breaking a commandent is a sin so keeping Sunday as the sabbath is a sin if you know it’s not the correct day. I know there will be lots of people that have sinned in Heaven. We all do sin but we’re suppose to try our best to follow all the teachings of God. The sabbath is no exception.


Jack Wellman July 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Thank you for your gracious words Meg. I look forward to meeting you there…and yes, there will be lots of sinners in heaven for sure, but the good news, these sins are covered by the precious blood of the Lamb of God. Please come back soon and again, thank you for your comment.


Mr A Cotton August 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

The simple answer is “SIN”


Ryan Coffey September 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Honestly, another explanation I heard is that we’re just taking it out of context and that before the enslavement in Egypt (one of the first civilizations to use a 365 day year) they used the lunar cycle to keep track of dates.

For example if you take 900 years to be 900 lunar cycles you get a person living just under 73 years. If that had turned out to be some arbitrary number (as opposed to pretty much the exact life expectancy that people live today) then I might think otherwise but isn’t it more believable that they just used a different system? Especially given that we are living longer and longer lives every year in a world that is being continually overrun by Sin?


Jack Wellman September 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Thank you Mr. Coffey for your comment. The Hebrew word for year is “xodesh” and it had nothing to do with lunar cycles. For example, the new year for the Jews started in the spring and it was called Rosh Hashanah. The year of Jubilee, every 50 years, was dated by the laws in Leviticus and the same years were counted by Daniel the prophet to predict the coming of the Messiah and so on. This is the same word used for years when it spoke of the age of the patriarchs and so it could not have been based upon the lunar cycle or else all the prophecies, say of Daniel, would have been way, way off. We are living longer lives today because of advances in science. Over a century or more ago the average life span was about half of what it is today. Noah could not have lived 73 years according to your calculation because he spent 120 years on building it. Based upon your calculations Noah would have been age 5 when he started it and he was married and had children.

The Bible is the Word of God and it is without error and so if it says they lived this long, I believe it. God said it and that settles it, whether we believe it or not, it is the truth. God can not lie. Thanks Mr. Coffey.


Diana Poulain April 2, 2014 at 5:41 am

“The Bible is the Word of God and it is without error and so if it says they lived this long, I believe it. God said it and that settles it, whether we believe it or not, it is the truth. God can not lie.”

This level of brainlessness blows my mind away.


becky Greene October 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I am so glad I ‘just happened’ to come upon your website. I don’t really believe it just happened. God opens doors all the time. I have found many questions answered in reading your words. And you share scripture so I can read the answers for myself. I am just not sure where to find answers to my questions in the Bible sometimes. You have been a great help. I will continue to read your post. Thank you for sharing His Word with me. Blessings to you…


Jack Wellman October 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Hello Becky. You are too kind my friend. I thank God for readers like you who make it all worth while. I think the most amazing this will be when we will never die..and we will live….a lot longer than Noah and Adam! LOL


Mr A Cotton October 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

I agree with Becky 100% Jack you have explained a lot of things to me. I too can endorse what Becky has said about the bible,and you have provided the answers for me. Also you have supported me through some difficult times. Just keep on doing what you are good at.


Michael October 8, 2012 at 6:30 am

Shorter life span now can also be explained by
. 1.Technology such as cars, trains, aeroplanes that kill people every day.
2. People working much harder now meaning that the body deterioriates faster than during the Adam time.
3. Larger population now meaning more competitition and wars for resources.
4. Newer, more and deadlier strains of bacteria that did not exist before.


nitzaly October 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

today we learned that b.c means before christ and a.c mean after christ but most stuff is b.c and im just comfused


Jack Wellman October 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Hello Nitzaly. B.C. in capital letters means Before Christ and A.D. means “Anno Domini (in the year of our Lord)” which some wrongly say it’s After Death (of Christ). A.C. I am not familiar with.


nitzaly October 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

b.c means before christ and a.c mean after christ but most stuff is b.c and im just comfused


nitzaly October 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm



Jack Wellman October 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Yes, God is Creator of all things.


Ani Akpoko October 23, 2012 at 6:21 am

You’ve really made my work easy by the answers on this topic. It has helped me to adequately do my Bible study. Thanks


Jonathan October 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Jack, I have struggled all my life with depression and self abuse. I use drugs and alcohol quite often to cover many hurtful things that has happened to me (abuse as a child) and hurtful things that I have brought upon myself as a result of many mistakes made in my life. I don’t want to die and go to hell for deep down inside I am a good man who believes in God. The older I have gotten the more I feel my time is ending and the more I get scared of what will happen to me when my time is done. I struggle with every day life from PTSD, Bi-Polar, Schizophrenia, and anxiety. I am 35 and I just want to be close to God so I know where I stand when its time for me to go. I hope God will see that I am trying to the best of my abilities and have a place for me. I have lived a life of hell and I would not think its fair to see more hell when I die. You know I had a dream that I died and went to a place that was a step before you get to Heaven because of the struggles I made in this life I was there. It seemed so real and made me cry in my sleep to know he still wanted me with him even after all the mistakes I made. I just don’t want to be caught off guard some day when it is my time to go and not have my life on tract with him. Any kind words would help.



Mr A Cotton November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

I too have struggled with a mental condition,and obused myself.I drank very heavily to give me dutch courage just to get by in life. I can understand, in what you say by using phrases like I don`t want,I struggle,I am trying,I hope,and i don`t want to die. You are like doubting Thomas by these phrases,and Jesus picked Thomas for this personality. Jesus said to Thomas to doubt so much you must want to be certain.I am coming up to 64yrs old,and i live alone with nobody to help me. I still get scared. I too fear hell,and what will God say to me. I am no expert but Only God knows you have suffered,and Jesus said in the bible that it wouldn`t be easy,and it looks like you have found out by your suffering. I know it`s a battle every day for you,and i too find it very hard. When you said deep down inside i am a good man who believes in God. To tell you the truth you are Jonathan. God knows this,and ask and he will help you. I think the next time you visit this site. I think you will feel much better. Just hang on in there Jonathan.


Jack Wellman November 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Hello Jonathan. We have much in common for I also I used drugs and alcohol quite often to cover many hurtful things that has happened to me (abuse as a child) and hurtful things that I have brought upon myself as a result of many mistakes made in my life. I ended up in prison but went from disaster to pastor.

Please know this that there is never any sin that God will not forgive that is confessed (1 John 1:9) and He will never cast any away that come to Him and place their trust in Christ (John 6:37) and that He loves you with a love better than any godly father could (Psalm 103). Dreams are not reality but the truth is for those who trust in Him, they are adopted by Him (Eph 1 & 2) and that no one is lost once they are saved (John 10:28-29) so today, believe in Him and you will forever be saved (Rom 10:9-13). Please, please read these verses and my prayer is that they will give you comfort and peace and sweet dreams in His everlasting arms Jonathan. I pray for you brother.


Kevin October 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I had a quick question. Your article was actually really informative. But, it is not true that we are living shorter and shorter lives. As a society we are actually living longer. Especially with modern medicine. And I somehow doubt that we are getting closer to God.
What do you think about that? Or am I just barking up the wrong tree?



Jack Wellman November 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hello Kevin. Yes, we are living longer today but that is attributable to our nutrition being better today than say 100 years ago. In the relatives sense to the first 1,000 years of human existence, yes, we are living much shorter lives (Abraham, Moses, 120 years for example).

By the way, we are only going to get closer to God when we humbly submit to Him, repent of our sins, confess them to Him, and receive the Holy Spirit and are adopted into His family (Rom 10:9-13, Eph 1 & 2, etc.).


Sam Jones November 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Jack I have to ask you what about animals? If animals can’t sin (like you said in another article) then why do they live short lives? This was a question an atheist asked me( by the way I am a Christian) and I’m not sure can you please answer?


Jack Wellman November 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Hello Mr. Jones. Let me say that when God created us, He said that He made them “in our image and in our likeness” and animals are not made in this image for they can not choose to do good or evil, they can not know wrong or right. They live short lives, yes, but actually there are more animals and mammals that far outlive humans…turtles, whales, and many, many others, so lifespan has nothing to do with sin. I know this won’t pacify the atheist but I believe questions like there are their way of trying to plant doubt into believers’ minds and to ridicule in a way. You could ask them, if they were to die tonight, could they be sure where they would go or what would happen to them, or if there is a God, would they be in hell for eternity or in heaven forever?


Jonathan November 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

If I had one wish. It would be with God above. I cant take much more of this life. It feels as if I am all alone. God loves me but yet I feel so far away. If only I could just have love and hope I would feel at peace, but I feel alone and helpless. All I ever wanted was love and I always found hurt. Please God help me…


Jack Wellman November 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Hello Johnathan. Please never give up for He will not give up on you. Please check out this article made especially for the hopeless at;


James C November 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Hello Jack I just happened upon this article and would just like to tell you it was very informative, I am just now getting to know God better. I have prayed off and all my life(I’m 20 by the way) but now I’m starting to read the bible, and can feel my relationship with God getting stronger. I also proceeded to read all the comments and would just like to applaud your patience and understanding, I feel the world today is heading in a bad place with more and more non-believers and disrespectful people. I believe if more people were like you the world would be a much nicer place to live, thanks. 🙂


Tim November 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I find it hard to believe people lived to be 900 years of age literally. I mean I understand that sin leads to death an all, but 900 years come on. Help me understand….

I also read the bible but I dont take it all to heart, I mean it has been re-written and broken down so many times one doesnt know what is factual and what is just made up.

I believe it to be a guide of what one should follow, but at the end of the day your faith is all that you have.


Jack Wellman November 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thank you Tim for your open honesty and transparency. I was once in your shoes. I too felt that it was a hard book to believe. Romans 6:23 shows us that ” For the wages of sin is death, [the bad news] but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord [the good news].”

True, the Bible is a guide but it is not our faith that saves us but faith in Him alone. Our own faith is not enough to give us eternal life. You said you don’t take it all to heart. We have an article that might help some, I pray, to reveal why we believe the Bible to be the very Word of God Himself at this link:

Please sir let me know what you think by all means and I thank you very much for visiting us today.


Felipe Cruz November 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

The comment from Patrick Martin has a link that is one of the best explanations I’ve read on the subject. The link is so you don’t have to search for it. There are also many other resources available on the web like, and The world was very different before the flood which allowed people to live longer and also allowed all living creatures to be bigger than they are today as supported in the fossil record. If you believe in evolution then you may have a hard time accepting the premise that the world was different in the past but evolution has many problems that evolutionary scientist don’t want to discuss.


Gary T. Mayer November 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

Bro. Wellman,
I appreciate people like you who share the Gospel on the internet. I thought or some of your readers might be interested in what I found out about the long lives that people used to experience and why these lifespans decreased so rapidly. Of course, the reason that they lived so long is because God created them to life long. The question is: why did they decrease so rapidly–over 300 years in one generation! The answer to this is on my website. I wrote a book on this subject also called NEW EVIDENCE FOR TWO HUMAN ORIGINS: DISCOVERIES THAT HARMONIZE THE BIBLE AND SCIENCE. May God bless.


Tanya December 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Id have to say u not only have to believe in him and have him in ur heart. U need to follow his word and have a personal relationship with and and do his will, it states un the bible it is HARD to get in to heaven. U must work for it.


Jack Wellman December 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thank you Tanya but if we have to work hard for it or work hard to get to heaven we are all in trouble because how much works are going to be “good enough?”

Saved by grace and not works.

(Ephesians 2:8-9) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”
(Rom. 3:20, 28) – “because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin…For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.”

(Galatians 2:16) – “nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.”


chris December 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm

i have a queston are we supposed to eat meat because it says in the bible herbs are for the healing of the nation


Jack Wellman December 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

There is no sin in eating meat but herbs are good for you but the herbs for the “healing of the nations” was a metaphor and not a prescription really from God. It was symbolic. Do you know what I mean Chris? Thank you my friend.


Marissa December 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

I have recently transferred to Christianity, and coming from a highly agnostic family, and I must say, your answers do clear up many questions. They are great, so I thank you.


Solomon smith January 6, 2013 at 8:41 am

I really enjoyed reading this article and i think i should share my opinion with Jack Wellman and James McCarthy. Reading the book of 1 Corinthians 10:23, tells us that “We are free to do all things, but there are things which it is not wise to do”, so therefore, i think God has let it been known to us that, we have the ability to make our own decisions and there should be a reward for it, whether good or bad…I guess i stand to the corrected if am wrong..

Our life span is mostly cause my our way or life and the way we treat ourselves. back in those ancient days when they use real natural stuff to cultivate their crops, and now we have to force these crops to get ripped early to be eaten. So that also counts.


sam January 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm

How to Have the Longest Life There is only one true way to have the longest life span of all. That is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He gives to those who believe in Him eternal life (John 3:16). This means that a person will live forever. They will never tire, have no need to sleep, and will be healthy and happy for eternity. The best part is that this grace from God is free. You simply have to believe that Jesus Christ is the One and Only way to the Father in Heaven (Acts 4:12). If you believe in the Son of God, you will never, ever die again. And that is the longest life possible. I pray you will accept this eternal life today.

does this mean christians do not sleep???


kc February 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm

The post is worthy of praising. But still I find it hard to believe that Bible has every sentences correct. God would never make a book to inspire mankind in which so many verses had to be cut off by so many popes in the history, to make the book look more rational. Is that the characteristics of the Book created by God? Surely not. I praise bible for so many verses that inspire the mankind, except some….God would never do that


Jack Wellman February 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Thank you KC for your comment and for your visiting us.
The Bible is holy because the Author is holy. II Peter 1:20-21 is clear about this as Peter wrote, “that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” Many criticize the Bible because they say it was written by man but not so! God says in His Word that these men were moved (Greek indicative means “took control of“) by the Holy Spirit. Here is an example. The keyboard really wrote this article and that can not be disputed but who is the real author of this article? The keyboard? No! It is the man behind the keyboard and so it was with the holy words men wrote under the “control of” the Holy Spirit as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is God speaking. Why do we say that? Because there are 418 times that the Bible uses the term “Thus says the Lord” and then there are 48 sayings of “God said”, but if you add the times when it said, “And Jesus said” we have over a thousand more sayings that the Bible is God’s Word or God speaking. The total amounts to about 2,000 times that the Bible declares that God is speaking, either in the text or by Jesus Christ Himself, Who is also God. For more on this, please read “How do we Know the Bible is True? Is it Really the Word of God?” at:


Tate Robinson May 5, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Mr. Wellmann. I am 14 and have tried to do as much Christian research as I can, but alas I am 14, so that is still not very much in the end. In my research I have come much closer to god because of answered questions, but I still haven’t found an answer to this one. You say”God says in His Word that these men were moved (Greek indicative means “took control of“) by the Holy Spirit” which is quoting a man made book that claims it is the word of god. Scripture written(physically) by man can not be used as support that it is god influenced. One of the biggest editings of the bible that ever took place was during Constantine’s change of Rome from pagan to Christian, where there was a gathering where Christian leaders from all sects came together to vote upon what would be included in the official bible. Could you please help me with this?

For anybody else reading this, I just wanted to comment on these remarks about satan “throwing a science textbook at you” or any other science vs religion remarks. If science is our term to describe, and I quote from Merriam-Webster dictionary, “knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation”, then if science is our word for how the world works, if god is the reason things are the way they are, is god not science? For example: your hand works because of muscles and bones, and science told us that, not the bible. If I make this claim, am I now a heretic or a non- believer? No! God designed us this way, and in this way science and faith coincide. Also, when James McCarthy commented that it is good to know god on an intellectual level and a faith based level, and was met with the response that we can not know god with our eartly, un-godly minds, this made no sense. Not one Christian will tell you that they believe in god for no reason. They have knowledge of who God is and what Jesus did, and then choose to place their faith in him in their lives. The search for more evidence is not more or less intellectual than simply reading the bible for answers to questions.

I apologize for typos, as my keyboard sucks and I am also not a perfect typist.


Jack Wellman May 5, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Thank you Tate. You believe in your science textbooks but are they not written by people too? They are full of mistakes because every few years they have to revise and update them but the Bible has remained unchanged for 2,000 years. It is very important to clarify exactly what role the Emperor Constantine played in the Council of Nicea, what the purpose for the council was, what happened at Nicea, and briefly how the canon—the Bible as we know it—was formed. Constantine was a Roman Emperor who lived from 274 to 337 A.D. He is most famous for becoming the single ruler of the Roman Empire (after deceiving and defeating Licinius, his brother-in-law) and supposedly converting to Christianity. It is debated whether or not Constantine was actually a believer (according to his confessions and understanding of the faith) or just someone trying to use the church and the faith to his own advantage. Constantine called the Council of Nicea—the first general council of the Christian church, 325 A.D.—primarily because he feared that disputes within the church would cause disorder within the empire. The dispute in mind was Arianism, which was the belief that Jesus was a created being. The famous phrase they were disputing was, “There was when He was not.” This was in reference to Jesus and was declared heretical by the council and thus resulted in the following words about Christ in the Nicene Creed: “God from true God…from the Father…not made.” It was determined by the council that Christ was homoousia, meaning, one substance with the Father.

Concerning manuscripts that were burned at the order of Constantine, there is really no mention of such a thing actually happening at the order of Constantine or at the Council of Nicea. The Arian party’s document claiming Christ to be a created being, was abandoned by them because of the strong resistance to it and was torn to shreds in the sight of everyone present at the council. Constantine, and the Council of Nicea, for that matter, had virtually nothing to do with the forming of the canon. It was not even discussed at Nicea. The council that formed an undisputed decision on the canon took place at Carthage in 397, sixty years after Constantine’s death. However, long before Constantine, 21 books were acknowledged by all Christians (the 4 Gospels, Acts, 13 Paul, 1 Peter, 1 John, Revelation). There were 10 disputed books (Hebrews, James, 2 Peter, 2-3 John, Jude, Ps-Barnabas, Hermas, Didache, Gospel of Hebrews) and several that most all considered heretical—Gospels of Peter, Thomas, Matthaias, Acts of Andrew, John, etc.

Liberal scholars and fictional authors like to purport the idea that the gospels of Thomas and Peter (and other long-disputed books) contain truths that the church vehemently stomped out, but that simply has no basis historically. It is closer to the truth to say that no serious theologians really cared about these books because they were obviously written by people lying about authorship and had little basis in reality. That is one reason why a council declaring the canon was so late in coming (397 AD), because the books that were trusted and the ones that had been handed down were already widely known


forgotten books of the bible February 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

You did a completely minding blowing job typing this article.


Steve February 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I have heard one theory that I was hoping you could comment on. In Genesis 1:6-8, it talks about separating water from water and the separation is “Sky”, or Heaven in the King James. The water above the separation formed a barrier that helped protect the earth from the sun’s radiation. During the flood, Genesis 7:11, states that the fountains of the deep and the windows of Heaven are opened up, and water is poured out. The amount of water that is needed to cover up the mountains would be a tremendous amount, especially to appear in 40 days. The theory states that at this time the collection of water above the Sky, or heaven, was poured out onto earth, and in doing so, the protective barrier was removed. The various affects of space, and the sun, are now hitting the earth on a larger scale, thereby decreasing human life span.


lance March 19, 2013 at 12:03 am

hey jack is there a purgatory when we die.


Jack Wellman March 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

Thank you Lance for your question. I do not believe in purgatory or that it is Scriptural or found in the Bible. To believe that we have to pay more after death for our sins is to believe that Christ’s sacrifice was not quite enough, which the Bible is clear that He died once for all for the sins of us all. Jesus paid it all. Please check out the link about an article about whether there is a purgatory or not Lance.


Meat boy March 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Awsome article It was very helpful


Kelsey April 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Hi, 🙂 I must of read through 20 of everyone’s responses. You seem very educated in all of this. I do have a big belief in god, and I think that if everyone was to live to be 900 it would mess up the cosmic order of life. Everything would be un-balanced. I do not go to church, I used to a long time ago. I guess my family kind of just faded off after my father died. I am a 15 year old girl. I have commited a lot of Sins, and though everyone says god forgives, sometimes I believe otherwise, yet I still have faith he is forgiving me. In what way can I contact god? How can I become closer? I want to be closer with him, I want to help my family and show my respects to him. My family has gone through so much, and I can’t help but to think its just pay back, or bad Karma. Does activating your “Third Eye” Help you come in contact with him? Would it be a sin? as in witch-craft? Why did he create such sin in the world? If he had all this power to bring people into the world, how come he couldn’t fix it to be better? Also, my Biology teacher believes earth was simply created by atoms, and science. It formed on its own, the planets us people grew from certain aspects of life. Its quite interesting, but there are no facts. Are they ever any facts?


Jack Wellman April 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Thank you Kelsey for your comment and questions. Let me say that just believing in God is not enough for even the Devil believes but that doesn’t make him a Christian.

As for your questions:

“Does activating your “Third Eye” Help you come in contact with him? Would it be a sin? as in witch-craft?” YES, this is sin. We must not activate any “third-eye” whatever that is. God alone activates us to eternal life by the Holy Spirit.

“Why did he create such sin in the world?”

God did not create sin or evil. We decided this for ourselves when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. God does not ever cause sin or tempt us to sin. We sin on our own.

“If he had all this power to bring people into the world, how come he couldn’t fix it to be better?”

He had the power but He doesn’t make us obey because then we would simply be robots and take away our free will. God allows us to choose eternal life or choose hell. God DID fix this world of ours by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, who came and died for us to save us.

“Biology teacher believes earth was simply created by atoms, and science. It formed on its own, the planets us people grew from certain aspects of life.”

Your biology teacher must not be a Christian so what is surprising that he or she tries to explain away God. Science has never, ever one time shown that life can arise on its own and if life or earth came form atoms, then where did the atoms come from? Did they create themselves? Impossible. Your teacher needs to read this article:

My question for you is have you repented of your sins and life? Have you confessed your sins to God? Have you put your trust in Christ? That is the biggest question anyone will ever ask for the answer comes in Revelation 20. Either yes and be saved or no, and be lost forever.


Mr A Cotton April 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Has you know Jack I used to be a Catholic,and they believe there is a Purgatory but like you say it say`s nothing about it in the bible. I think Jesus would have also made this quite plain in his teaching`s.
I read about Dinosaurs,and the person who wrote the article I agreed with him. Short answer nobody really knows. It`s the same has the Do Do bird,and other animals that existed they just died out. We have the full skeletons in museums.
A young student was shown up by a professor when he said God created evil,but another student asked the professor may I pose a question sir,He said yes. The student said does Cold exist,and the professor said of course it does. The student said you are wrong sir Cold is the absence of heat which can be measured. Does Dark exist the professor said what kind of a question is that, of course it does. The student replied again you are wrong sir Dark is mealy the lack of light which can be measured, Dark cannot.
The student said does Evil exist which the professor replied i have just proved that Evil exist`s. Again the student said you are wrong sir Evil is the absence of God`s presence in the heart`s of men. With this answer the professor bowed his head,and remained silent. The young student`s name that day was Albert Einstein! The teacher mentioned above is the same has this professor. He tried to explain away God,and He created Evil. With out a shadow of a doubt nobody can explain God away.


Jack Wellman April 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Anthony, this account reminds me of the verse, “Out of the mouth of babes thou has perfected thy praise.” and no wonder God said that the wisdom of man is foolishness to God. We see that in this great example my friend.

The more I did research on the Bible and its historical documentation, archeological evidence, accuracy, and veracity in manuscripts, the more I believe that God ensured that His Word would be delivered once, for all.


Jax April 23, 2013 at 6:57 am

why, if after we pass on we are greeted with the presense of god and the eternity of happiness that follows, would we want to stay here on earth for longer than we must. i know the body is sacred, as are all His creations, but, for example, using medical care. if it is god’s will that i should be contaminated by disease, surely i should accept that and joyfully wait for my sould to be reunited fully with his spirit?


Jack Wellman April 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

Hello Jax. I am not sure what you are asking. Do you not want to wait for your body to be reunited with your soul or spirit after you die? This happens at Jesus’ coming when both body and soul will be reunited as Jesus was the first born among those who after His resurrection, could both eat and walk thru walls. We too will be like Him when we see Him face to face, after His return. Why would you not want that sir? I apologize if I didn’t understand what you are asking.


Franco June 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

A Question; Someone can tell me if is true, That long time ago four months belongs a Year? If is true, it means people reach at 500 hundred years old. Please let me know.


Jack Wellman June 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Hello Franco. Each year has always had 12 months in it. Even long ago. The months did not change in the year as they were not longer. Sin is the reason that lifespans or length of years people are alive is getting smaller. Please re-read the article for the answer is in this article sir. Thank you.


John August 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

I enjoyed the read but you are wrong at one point in this… You said, “Adam was the first human created and must have been nearly perfect.”

Now I have no doubt that Adam was nearly perfect but.. He was not the first human created. If you go back to the 6th day. God created man.. On the 7th day he rested. its not til later that God created Adam. I’ve read through the first few chapters of Genesis quite a few times trying to make sure I am understanding it right. And the only thing I can figure is that God had men and women on the Earth before Adam and Eve… Its the only thing that makes sense anyways…. “And he said unto them be fruitful and multiply”.. something to that extent… They were obviously living for him to be talking to them. Anyways I’m not trying to be rude or belittle or anything like that.. I’m sure you know way more about the bible than I do. Thats just something I’ve learned about it… and have noticed that A LOT of people think that Adam and Eve were the first humans. Kind of a cool fact to know if you ask me.


Jack Wellman August 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

So it is wrong to say that God created Adam first? What? Please show me where this is wrong. When it was said that God created man, who was that man? Does it give the “first man’s”(in your opinion) name? Tell us? Jesus said that God in the beginning created them male and female and joined them together. If you are referring again to God saying that He created man it does not say ANOTHER man or Adam was the second man. He is recapping what He said for the creation, including mankind which was the pinnacle of His earthly creation.

Was Paul lying when he wrote in 1 Cor 15:45 “Thus it is written, “The FIRST man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”

Romans 5:14 “Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.” Note it says “from the time of Adam…meaning in the Greek, it was from the beginning of time.!

In chapter 5 of the Book of Genesis you can easily find the lineage of Adam down to Noah and his sons. The line, through Noah’s son Shem, continues in chapter 11 all the way to Abraham. In these chapters the age of each man is given at the time of his son’s birth (for this specific line of genealogy which is shown below) as well as at the time of his death. After Abraham the information isn’t as readily available, although there are some ages given for Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. No one comes BEFORE Adam and thus we know Adam was the first human and man ever created.

The book of Genesis records the descendants of Adam and Eve. The enumerated genealogy in chapters 4, 5 and 11 reports the lineal male descent to Abraham, including the age at which each patriarch fathered his named son and the number of years he lived thereafter. The genealogy for Cain is given in Chapter 4 and the genealogy for Seth is in Chapter 5. The genealogy in chapter 10 recording the male descendants of Noah is known as the Table of Nations and it ALWAYS starts with Adam!

The New Testament also includes the lineage and has divided Jesus’ genealogy into three blocks of 14 names each for a total of 42 names:

◦There are 14 generations from Abraham to David
◦There are 14 generations from David until the exile to Babylon
◦There are 14 generations from the exile to Babylon until the birth of Christ.

How can you believe what is not in the Bible John?


Darrellb December 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Dr. Walt Brown has a very good theory on why people started living dramatically shorter lives.
After the earth’s crust cracked and the waters of the great deep burst for the for the great flood, the people for the first time were exposed to radioactivity on the earth’s surface.

People went from 900 to 120 and less very quickly because of the rapidly increased genetic damage and increased mutations that started being passed down to the following generations.


Jack Wellman December 2, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Thank you so much sir. That is very interesting. Personally I believe that is was sin that accumulative effects of sin because sin kills and even the Bible says that the soul that sins it shall die and perhaps the more sin the sooner. I’ll have to look into Dr. Brown’s work sir but truly if you see the history of the escalating sin and the cumulative effects of sin, you see that sin does impact the generations even before the flood.


Tim Carpenter January 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Hello, first time posting and having a hard time with my faith. The long life span was one of my problems with the bible. While looking for answers I came across your page. I disagree that sin is the reason. I know plenty of drug addicts who double the life span of good Christians. In my research I saw the the older testaments followed the Jewish faith and lunar calendar. If you decide Enoch,s 355ish years of age by 12, you would get 30 years based around the sun rotation. 900 years divided by 12 would be 75 years. So believing that age was based on liner time is easier for me to believe than Noah being 400 and so years old.


Jack Wellman January 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Thank you Tim. Can you show me your evidence that you had in your research? Are you saying that the “older testaments” are not what is in Genesis and the Book of Joshua? Do the Jews not accept these as cannon? Most assuredly they do and I have not seen any reputable Jewish scholar or biblical scholar for that matter try to use “older testaments” because they are all the same age, right? You don’t believe that sin affects mankind? Adam had eternal life but on the day that he sinned, God said that he would certainly die (eventually). If you are having a hard time with your faith perhaps it is because you are not believing that the Bible is without error and apparently you believe it is wrong. That may explain your faith being weak Tim. Thank you sir.


Howard December 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Pastor Wellman, I’m know I’m late in commenting on this topic, but this is a subject I’ve been fascinated with for some time. I think that physiology backs up your assertion that sin is responsible for the reduction in life spans, although in a roundabout way.

First, though, let’s dispel the mistaken extrapolation we hear all the time of lifespan reduction going back in history. If prehistoric man barely lived long enough to have children, how could our species have possibly survived for 1-2 million years? The age reduction is a function of agricultural society of the last 10-15,000 years, in which over-population due to grain production/consumption led to sanitation issues which were ultimately responsible for shortened lifespans until the improvements in sanitation in the 20th century. Grains produce a tremendous amount of waste, while meat, especially eaten raw, does not. My raw meat eating cat proves this every day.

Prehistoric man was primarily a hunter and hence an animal eater. Adam & Eve’s sin sentenced us into a life of agricultural subsistence which contributed to man’s shortened lifespan.

Some recent aging research by Cynthia Kenyon on worms reveals some fascinating insights. There are, in fact, genes responsible for aging, and the lifespan of these worms can be altered by turning on and off these genes. However, what she discovered was that when fed glucose, the genes for increased lifespan were turned off. When glucose was eliminated, lifespan increased. (Grains and sugar break down into glucose in the body.) She was actually able to double the normal lifespan of these worms. Yes, these are worms, but life follows common patterns.

Another fascinating discovery was that when glucose was restricted, the worms went into a non-reproductive phase. This could easily explain how prehistoric man could have lived for hundreds or thousands of years, no doubt having sex regularly, while only producing a few children–and notice in the early parts of the bible–far fewer children than in later years. It is clear that the early times in the bible marked the end of the prehistoric era and the beginning of the agricultural one.

No doubt, radiation, reduction in the earth’s magnetism, and other external forces have contributed to lessened lifespans, but not to the extent that change in diet has.

Therefore, I do not believe in a balanced diet–that is the problem. History and the bible show us clearly that a virtually all animal food diet is the logical course for long life. As to exercise, how much sense would it have made for people in prehistoric times to waste energy when food was so challenging to find. They did not know that exercise was supposed to be “good,” and beyond hunting, which would have involved walking, some sprinting, and throwing a weapon, I cannot fathom what else they might have wasted precious energy on. Yet they lived far longer than we do. So, yes, walking or playing outdoors makes sense, but vigorous, repetitive, exhaustive exercise does not. And, in fact, there are physiological reasons for that, as well, which I’d be happy to expand upon if so desired.


Jack Wellman December 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Thank you so much sir for your comment. You sound like you’ve done considerable research sir. Please feel free to add more to this discussion. I am still open to learning and that keeps me young I feel, even being past 60 it is never too late to learn new things.


Travis January 4, 2015 at 4:36 am

Is our years shorter than biblical times or longer


Jack Wellman January 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

Thank you Travis for your question. I am not sure what you mean sir? The length of years is the same today as it was in the days that the ancient patriots like Abraham and Noah lived. Time can never be less or more that I know of.


Ricardo Pena November 12, 2015 at 11:45 pm

If our life spand is decreasing why hasn’t our life spand decrease over the last hundred years?


Jack Wellman November 13, 2015 at 9:12 am

Because we have better nutrition today than a hundred years ago.


Ben Sheffield March 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm

I respect what you are doing here, Mr. Wellman, but reading this article made a few things jump out in my mind. I don’t mean any of this in an argumentative way, so I urge whoever reads my comment to not take it in that way.

But, if the average life expectancy of humans was shortened due to a cumulative buildup of sin increasing as time went on and more and more people sinned, then this wouldn’t explain why people in the Old Testament could live to be between 300-969 years old, and then in the New Testament people lived to be around 60-70 years old, then in 1850 the average life expectancy was 38 years old, in 1900 the average life expectancy was 48, in 1990 the average life expectancy was 72, and in 2011 the average life expectancy was 76. The average length of people’s lives is actually growing in recent years. If only sin played a part in the shortening of people’s life expectancy, then sin would outweigh whatever medical advances we’ve made to lengthen our lives recently, and the average human life expectancy would be shorter now than ever before.

In Scripture, Methuselah lived to be 969 years old, while Methuselah’s father, Enoch, only lived 365 years. This is an instance where even some people in Scripture lived longer than the people who came before them. The reason that people lived longer in Scripture than they do today is because of the flood.

Scripture tells us in Genesis 1:6-8 that before the flood, there was water kept in two places. A body of water above the sky above where the birds flew, yet under the sun, and a second body of water below the sky, which was located on Earth, which was the sea. The expanse of water above the sky created a water canopy that shielded Earth and its inhabitants from solar radiation, among other harmful atmospheric rays and toxins, and created a much higher air density, and as a result, a heavier atmospheric pressure. This is why cancer didn’t exist at this time, people were healthier, animals were healthier, and this is why animals, and some humans, grew much larger than they do today, and why dinosaurs were the size that they were. We even know of the finding in recent years of skeletons of young Hippopotamuses that were over 17 feet tall, proving that common animals of today had previously grown much larger than what we know of them now.

We have pretty good evidence (although not definitive evidence) that it had never rained before the flood. Genesis 2:5-6 tells us that at that point in creation, it had not yet rained and that a mist coming up from the ground is what watered the vegetation, and Genesis 1:8-10 tells us that a river flowing out of the Garden of Eden split up into four rivers that watered trees and other vegetation. Then in Hebrews 11:7, we see it said that Noah had done everything leading up to the flood by faith of “things as yet unseen”, which could very possibly mean that he, and everybody else, had never seen rain before the flood. But again, we do not know for certain that it had not rained at all before the flood. These verses may have been referencing the extent and quantity of the rain, and the actual flood, having been unseen before.

The body of water above the sky shielded humans and other life on Earth from so many harmful things, that people were healthy enough to live for centuries.
Think of it like getting a sunburn. If you’re out of water, on a boat in the middle of the ocean, it’s very easy to get sunburned. Some people can get sunburned in about 30 minutes. But, when you’re actually swimming under the water, it’s very difficult to get a sunburn. The water protects you from solar radiation, and other harmful rays of the sun and the atmosphere. The body of water above the sky provided the same protection for humans back before the flood. Genesis 7:11 tells us that these waters that were held up in the sky is what was released as rain during the flood. And a body of water was not kept up in the sky in this form ever again after the flood (it is kept now in the form of clouds). As a result of this, we are constantly exposed to solar radiation, harmful rays, and harmful atmospheric effects, every single day. We no longer have protection from all of the harmful aspects of the sun and the atmosphere, and because of that, people die more quickly now than they did back in Biblical times.

The average life expectancy for humans has begun to lengthen in recent decades with the help of modern medicine, but even now with all of our advancements, we have not yet been able to bring someone’s life expectancy up to 969 years like it was back before the flood.

What is interesting is that scientists (who deny that the flood ever happened) have said in recent years, that if we were able to filter out the sun’s harmful radiation, then humans might be able to live close to 1,000 years old. Even before this was said, we have seen in Scripture that in times before the flood, we did have something, a water canopy, that filtered out radiation from the sun, and people did in fact live close to 1,000 years old.

After the flood, some of the longest living humans in Scripture were recorded to live around 70 to 80 years old, similar to today. This alone proves that the decrease in life expectancy can be attributed as a direct result of the flood, but we actually have much more proof than even this to explain how the flood and the decrease of human life expectancy are directly related to each other, and that proof is the existence of the water canopy that protected all living things from solar radiation prior to the flood, and how many times that it is talked about in Scripture.

Again, I enjoy knowing that you are doing what you are doing Mr. Wellman, and I hope this didn’t come off as rude or argumentative, but I wanted this to be said so as to provide further clarification on the Scripturally-recorded reasons as to why people lived so much longer in Biblical times. Thank you!


Daniel Joseph May 12, 2016 at 10:41 am

Very interesting article. I was searching for the extreme-ages mentioned in the Old Testament as a “nice-to-know” for something I’m writing, and while I knew it was in the hundreds of years, but nearly 1000 years was a huge suprise. My only quam is with a point I’ve noticed in certain sects that I’ve never quite understood, namely, how simple it is proported to be to have faith–not just belief in a Creator or Prime Mover, but the tenants of Christian faith. “You simply have to believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Father in Heaven.” This “just-give-in” notion flies by me. Maybe it’s my gilt-ridden Catholic tendancies, but I find faith to be exeedingly difficult. Even after experiencing the Holy Spirit personally, that experiential gift, is not an ever present one. It requires intense reflection, and my faith, in general, requires an almost strict-regiment of making deliberate, consistent efforts to draw near and develope spirirually. Because doubt is ever present. St. Augustine taught that doubt is the dialectical partner to faith–it informs faith and strengthens faith. To truly believe, in the face of strong doubt, requires at once the highest function of the intellect as well as an abandonment of the limitations of the intellect. To validate the point, a faith based on the simplicity of a child’s belief in Santa or the Toothfairy, by virtue of the implicit tust a child has in their parents, is not a faith worth having really. If one is willing to believe in anything, they believe in nothing. But…he is blessed who believes as a child (botched quote). I think to believe as a child–IN SPITE–of strong and informed doubt, is an ideal. How one argues for their faith without knowing the counter-arguments chapter and verse is a difficult one for me. St. Thomas was big on Christians being able to argue their faith, and there’s nothing like seeing a formidable apologist like W.L. Craig or John Lennox or Dinesh De’souza tear apart an arrogant secular new-atheist like Dawkins or Kruass. I’ve gone a bit long on this string of thought, and I did really enjoy and appreciate your article. Thank you for posting–keep up the good work!


Robert May 16, 2016 at 5:19 pm

I commend Jack for his steadfast faith regarding the infallibility and trustworthiness of scripture, and his disciplined straightforward interpretation of its text (an interpretive hermeneutic referred to as the historical-grammatical approach). In response to many challenges, Jack’s thoughtful answers have been taken from or otherwise based on relevant passages of scripture, which is, if my assessment is correct, his supreme epistemic authority on all matters with which it contends. He has demonstrated courage by deferring to scripture as the standard against which all doctrine must ultimately tested, his rejection of the reality of purgatory in contradistinction to the Catholic Church’s contrary position as one example.

I am a 43 year old man who originally trained and practiced as physician until three and half years ago when I retired for a number of reasons, one of which was to return to University where I am completing a degree in philosophy. I have also pursued less formal self-directed study in various areas including: biblical studies/theology, mathematics, natural sciences, computer programming and modelling; all of the above focused on my personal spiritual develop and its practical application through my capacity as a husband, father, and devout disciple of Christ Jesus.

Over the past few years of formal and informal study, it has become ever-more plainly clear to me that the bible as a whole is an extraordinarily accurate record on all subjects for which it expresses truth claims, not least of which are those contained in Genesis. During my first couple of years at University I was very much seduced by some of the various attempts to harmonize the prevailing cosmic and biological evolution theories with the truth claims found in Genesis and elsewhere in the bible until a Christian friend of mine pursuing social studies gave me book she had difficulty understanding; its title: “Darwin’s Black Box”. I was thunderstruck by what I read which also included a summary of Paley’s argument from design. Next, I read and was floored by Stephen Meyer’s “Signature in the Cell”, and similarly Dembski’s “The Design Inference”, but as I began to question everything I had been taught either through lectures, media, or textbooks, I recognized that Intelligent Design were merely members of a larger epistemological class that I call “Origins Science”. And today I am an unabashed Young Earth Creationist who no longer compromises on the plain meaning of the biblical text to have it conform with philosophic materialistic secular science. Such subterfuge is neither honest nor desirable to get at the truth. The evidence of cosmological and biological origins is best explained as the effect of timeless, uncaused intelligent designer’s instantiation of both.

I mention all this to encourage Christians who struggle with serious doubt, doubts concerning the bibles accuracy, its inspiration, and the existence of God Himself. Fear not, for I experienced similar doubt, but the Bible time and again always shows itself to be trustworthy, and therefore we can trust its account of redemptive history culminating in the atoning death that Jesus through whom we can be reconciled to God for eternity by merely submitting our lives to His Lordship and repenting of our sin. Jesus resurrection was the ultimate evidential certification of His identity as God and messiah.

There are a couple of comments listed above I would like to quickly address.

1) That it could not be possible for human beings to live hundreds of years, especially considering that life expectancies at birth range between ages well under one hundred years old, depending on factors such as the country of one’s birth and economic status. I encourage people to read John Sanford’s book “Genetic Entropy” which is likely the best theory going on this question. Essentially, the first human beings, Adam and Eve, were created with genomes free of any mutations, but after they sinned and disease, pain, suffering, and death entered the created order, the human genome (indeed all genomes: animals, plants, prokaryotes, etc.) was released from whatever mechanism God designed that had previously protected DNA nucleotide sequences from mutations, harmful or otherwise. There has been roughly 6000 years of accumulated mutations, many of them cause terrible disease, a lack of resistance to illness and disease, and death: this phenomenon is referred to as “genetic load”. Our genetic load is increasing of course and as it does like spans shrink. If not for modern medicine the average life expectancy for a Westerner would not be much better than someone living in a poor, remote African village without access to health care. Indeed, eating healthy food in proportion to our need, remaining at least moderately physically active, maintaining a normal weight for height, getting regular adequate sleep, and minimizing stress will, all things being equal, extend one’s life, but only by as much 5-7 years at most compared with those who do none of the above.

2) God is not equal to science. Science is a bit of a slippery topic since no one definition satisfies every condition various scientists and philosophers consider necessary. One definition might be: Science is comprises many programs of research whose principal mode of inquiry is a carefully structured observation of some natural entity or process, perhaps assisted with technical equipment, the data from which are typically mathematized measurements that are interpreted through statistical modelling that minimizes bias and reveals some real aspect of the entity under study. God is a person, spirit in substance, not contingent upon any other entity and thus necessary in His existence, timeless and uncaused, and whose essential nature includes omniscience in the same way omnipotence and omnibenevolence are essential in His nature. Science and God therefore are entirely different. For example, human beings conceive of experiments, make measurements, and interpret the data; they then try to ascertain how the experiment’s interpreted results fit into one or more theories, and what pragmatic or ethic impact the theory has for human beings and their environment.


Jack Wellman October 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Jack, you must understand that even we were once hostile to the gospel for it is foolishness to those who are perishing Paul says. Please don’t be too hard on the atheists for there but by the grace of God go we. 2 Cor 3:14 explains, “But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.”

So I say, please understand that 2 Corinthians 3:15 “Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.” and 2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Ephesians 4:18 “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.”

We are blessed to know Christ but this was not by our own effort, for God revealed who Jesus was to us, we didn’t of ourselves. God does this revealing, we don’t (John 6:44)!


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