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Why Did People Live So Long

Are the way that our years are now calculated, the same as the way that the writer(s) of the book of Genesis determined the years that the early Patriarchs, like Methuselah and Enoch, lived? If so, why did the earliest men live so much longer than the Jews in Moses time and the people of today?

Moderator - The pre-flood atmosphere was different than today which was more conducive to life.

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Jack: How about biblical proof. Genesis 1: 7 places a layer of water in the stratosphere. This would cause a greenhouse effect and filter out ultraviolet light and radiation from the sun creating a garden of Eden. The water fell, when it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. It was at this time, that lifespans shortened.
---Ian_8763 on 3/27/08


Ian, the garden of Eden was only a small piece of real estate.

Sin caused lifespans to shorten.
---kathr4453 on 4/6/09


Moderator - The pre-flood atmosphere was different than today which was more conducive to life.
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Yes, but that is only a theory. What I have heard goes like this. Before the flood, there was a vapor canopy above the earth that filtered out the Sun's radiation. After the canopy collapsed, radiation began causing genetic damage. Since most disease is genetic, after several generations, people died younger due to diseases.
---obewan on 4/6/09


The main reason for the book of Genesis is to give the Israelites their heritage and to show how they were God's chosen people, and that God created the things that other people were worshiping (Sticks, stones, sun, moon and stars, water) Showing that others were worshiping things that God, the real God created. According to Genesis back then the world was flat with a big dome over it separating the water in the sky from the water on the earth. The Sun, Moon and all the stars were under that dome. There were flood gates that opened to let water in through the dome. So here we go, is the bible true, or is it the truth?
---dave on 4/5/09


Jack: How about biblical proof. Genesis 1: 7 places a layer of water in the stratosphere. This would cause a greenhouse effect and filter out ultraviolet light and radiation from the sun creating a garden of Eden. The water fell, when it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. It was at this time, that lifespans shortened.
---Ian_8763 on 3/27/08


So God left us with something that is not conducive to life. This is the paraphrase of what you're saying, Moderator.

Can you give any scientific proof about the pre-deluvian air quality?
---Jack on 3/17/08




Moderator: Isn't it wonderful how the mind works. Unfortunately only a handful of people know how to use it even though they know. I read the bible a few times including once as a science book (I once had an interest in science). I used the same principle as the car analogy. You see a car that's really out-a-sight. You buy it to impress your friends, but as you drive it home you notice others driving the same car. Do you see my point?
---Steveng on 6/30/07


Gen 6:3 ..man...yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years
Ps 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years..

Ps 89:45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened..
Ps 102:23 ..he shortened my days.

Prov 10
27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Sin causes God to shorten lifespans.
---a_servant on 6/30/07


" So God left us with something that is not conducive to life. This is the paraphrase of what you're saying, Moderator."
Can you give any scientific proof about the pre-deluvian air quality?
---Jack on 6/28/07 Well, Jack, I can. I have been researching the global-warming thing. In Antarctica, they have drilled ice cores. In the various timetables, are dissolved the gases that made up the atmosphere at the time. All data is on file. I suggest you do a Google search of subject.
---harold on 6/30/07


Moderator is correct. Also Sin, is why people do not live as long. Plus most importantly. God said that we would not live that long anymore, NOT AS LONG anymore, after the flood. Praise God. If you think about it, Sexual sins kills, appitite sins kills, Chemicals kills, for example; smoking, drugs,gambling. How about greed and lusting can lead to you killing someone or yourself.. SO SIN!++
---catherine on 6/30/07


Steve, science and the Bible have the same answer to the question Jack asked. If the science is junk, then you are stating the Bible is junk also as they both provide the exact same answer.
---Moderator on 6/30/07




What biblical evidence is there for the pre-deluvian air quality?
---alan_of_UK on 6/30/07


Moderator: "Steve, Jack requested a scientific answer as he already knows the Biblical answer."

There is good science and junk science. Good science benefits mankind today in practical ways. Junk science is trying to determine the age of the earth, what the neanderthal man had for breakfast, why man lived longer 6,000 years ago. Junk science is nothing but conjecture and is subjective. So instead of finding an answer using junk science, just have faith that's the way it was.
---Steveng on 6/29/07


The air was cleaner. The water was cleaner. People had more sense than to breath smoke into their lungs through cigarettes. There was less stress. Life was much simpler.
---Susie on 6/29/07


That "different atmosphere before the flood theory" is new to me, and sounds scientifically interesting. The theory should be easily proven, because due to modern analysis equipment, they have tracked back and recorded what gases and the percentage that were in the Atmosphere for the last 100,000 years or so. The same analysis is how we know that the CO2 levels have risen by 50% since 1950. Interesting "Creation Science" theory though!
---harold on 6/29/07


Steve, Jack requested a scientific answer as he already knows the Biblical answer.
---Moderator on 6/29/07


The Canopy theory is what the Moderator is speaking of. It is also seen in the mist that went up before "rain" was spoke of in the Bible. We don't see rain until Noah's time.
Throughout Jack's writing he appears to not believe the Bible but outside things. What is wrong with sending him to a "science site?" He needs to go somewhere.
And, Yes, we can determine pre, post or mid trib rapture from the Scripture.
---Elder on 6/29/07


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Dr. Carl Baugh(Creation Museum) has an experiment with a Pre-Flood atmosphere. Animals grow larger & longer & their bodies are different, chemistry wise, than ours now(in this sealed cavity). Yes, sin led to flood and flood led to different atmospheric conditions. One of many answers.
---Paul on 6/29/07


the answer is so simple. Adam and Eve were commanded to go forth and multiply. They were living on a newly created Earth. They had left the garden where they walked and talked with God daily. There children were pure and innocent, explaining why no genetic mutations occurred through family creation. Evil was not introduced until cain slew abel. God's plan for them was to multiply upon the face of the earth. No disease was known to them, enabling them to live long and productive lives. 132, 118, 121 years.
---ashley on 6/29/07


greetings.the calculations are very different.The egyptian calendar came close but the Gregorian calendar is the standard of today.The oldest person is said to be calculated by years when it is actually in months.The calendar did not exist until the egyptians developed it.The counting of months was the then standard.In addition there is A&E who was genetically superior to the surrounding human stock.Their death ended their reproduction and decreased our percentage of A&E's genetic contributions
---earl on 6/28/07


All men did not live to be as old as the generations from Adam to Noah, The generations of Cain who had the mark were doing good to make 100 years most of them died young they were a violent people waging wars among themselves. Adam and his family were known as The Sons of God by the people of the earth.Adam had a covenant with God to separate him and his family from the descendants of Cain. Adam and his decedents was reconciled to God by the obedience to Sacrifice.
---exzucuh on 6/28/07


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During the life of Noah the Sons of God broke their covenant with God and took themselves wifes of the descendents of Cain. The seed of God marrying the seed of Satan a compromise that gave power to the Seed of Satan and
empowered the rulers of the earth To become
Men of renown, like Hitler, or Alexander the great, warmongers and empire builders, their hearts continually on evil, And God brought judgment on them for this.
---exzucuh on 6/28/07


Moderator: If you can't find the answer you seek in the Bible, God will reveal the mysteries of the universe to His people who have a strong desire to know. Faith is not knowing all the answers. It's not knowing why and how. It's just knowing there it is in black and white and not to question God. But man, being the way he is, God will answer him.
---Steveng on 6/28/07


Moderator: You have given some unusual answers not Biblical. This is one of them.

Why would you, as a Christian, send a Christian to a science website to find answers? Especically concerning things that are debatable. Most answers concerning the fate of mankind can be found in the Bible. Other answers are to be based on faith? Do we know for absolute sure the age of the earth? Why man lived longer in the beginning? A pre, mid, post tribulation?
---Steveng on 6/28/07


Are you ready for this: SIN..is the reason men do not live as long today. Before the flood the average age was 912.
---catherine on 6/28/07


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So the Bible left us with falsehoods? This is the paraphrase of what you're saying, Jack. If you don't believe the Bible, go to some science sites which will prove there have been changes to our planet over time.
---Moderator on 6/28/07


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