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Did Methuselah Live 969 Years

Did Methuselah really live to be 969 years old? If so, what happened that changed how long we live?

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And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years gen6:3
---kevinwynstra on 2/20/11

Alan: You're right. My bad.
---jerry6593 on 2/16/11

Jerry ... MikeM's last appearance on thse blogs was over two years ago, so I doubt if you will get a response!!

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I think he was also HappyLDS and SLCGuy
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/15/11

MikeM: "the existence of man living on earth for 100,000 years is reality?"

Can you back that up with valid scientific evidence? Doesn't it bother you that it conflicts with the biblical account?
---jerry6593 on 2/15/11

Wake up my children. Conflict between science and the bible is man made. Yes, he lived 969 years. Remember, even Jesus spoke in parable on occasion. Had to so the people could relate to what he was saying. Nothing in the bible can be disproved, and science advances. That is a fact. Man science, without too much interference from religion, will advance human life to that again. Accept both, buckle up, take the ride, and say, "in Jesus name."
---Brad_Adair on 2/5/11

What are the natural climatic and atmospheric conditions that affect aging in general. A lot will deal with the amount of ultraviolet radiation you are exposed to. People would tend to live longer in a clouded mist atmosphere them they would in one with more more direct exposure to sunlight. What are the descriptions of the climatology expressed in the various Genesis accounts.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/10/07

Mark; I have no reservations about believing the Bible. What does c-14 have to do with anything? It is one of many many ways of dating material.
---MikeM on 11/24/06

By whose standards ore the dates of these fossils aged. Mans of course. have you ever thought there may be a small glitch in the carbon 12 dating used or is science perfect? All things in the scientific realm are thoery until proven otherwise. Who then can dispute the C-12 dating thoery and what measure would one put it up against? The only known truth in our world is Gods infallible Word. It is a mystery why Christians today have such a hard time believing God meant what He said.
---Mark on 11/23/06

Mark "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness;..Yes he did. Let me ask you this, what do you tell your children they have seen when they see fossils of early man? Do you deny they exist? Why is it that some in the human race seems to have such a hard time coming to grips with the fact that the objective fact of the existence of man living on earth for 100,000 years is reality? The Bible is about salvation, its not a biology book.
---MikeM on 11/23/06

greetings.p2.'what happened', was that Adam and Eve defaulted .The result of default was death.If they did not default they would be with us now for 37,920 Gregorian calendar years,as of the year 2006.There were only so many offspring of Adam and Eve to mix with the pre existing human civilization.this is evident when Cain went to the land of Nod and married.Cain ,may be likened to one of "the sons of God".Today, life expectancy is increasing.
---earl on 11/20/06

Yes. Sin destroys life.
---Eloy on 11/20/06

Greetings.p1.the records of such long lived individuals are a three way confusion of history.One is that some records like the earliest Sumerians did live much longer than their descendants.In some cases a month was a year to current reconing.In some cases,although the egyptian calendar was not yet complete,the year was some what close.969 years of one man was relative to a little over 70 yrs.Adam did live 530 Gregorian calendar yrs.Eve did live 511 Gregorian calendar yrs.
---earl on 11/20/06

Mike, So God really did not mean what He said then in Genesis 1-26+7. "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness;..." He must have already created "cro-magnon" man beforehand. Hmmmmm doesn't add up to the infallible Word. Why is it that the human race seems to have such a hard time coming to grips with the fact that God's word is the measuring stick for all things.
---Mark on 11/20/06

Mark-(and others) I do not know where you earned your degress in biology, palentology, archeology, subjects you make such broad based faith statements, given as fact statements. Perhaps I am clouded by the 'wisdom of man' having gone to Cal State. For one thing the numbers on the ages of the OT men is metaphorical, numbers having meanings in the Hebrew. Cro-magnon man wandered arounfd the middle east for 100,000 years. Adam, the first 'covenented' man lived around 4,000 BC.
---MikeM on 11/20/06

Pre-flood people lived longer for all the reasons forestated. There is one thing left unnoticed. Before the flood it had never rained. After the flood where did all the water go? Some is in the treasuries of hail Job 38:22 Much of the water is in our atmoshpere. There is great weight in all of that water...I have heard that the pressure on the human body from the atmosphere is 120 psi (pounds per square inch) that alone would lessen our stature as well as crush the life out of us.
---Mark on 11/19/06

Yes he did. Sin changed how long we live. Genesis 2:17 tells adam and eve the "day" they sin they shall surely die. 2 Peter 3:8 tells us a "day" with the Lord is a thousand years; and a thousand years as one "day". Sin caused death and disease to stunt and pervert God's wonderful creation. Mankind and this world now exists in a sinfull fallen state. Knowing what we know now, would you like to live as old as Methuselah?
---Robert on 11/19/06

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Yes he did live to be 969 years old and at his funeral it was overheard what a friend of his said to another friend..."You know he looked good for his age. He didn't look a day over 563!"
---John on 8/21/06

Yes, Alan and that is why we shouldn't keep saying "Oh, but the bible doesn't actually mean that, when it says xyz it actually means cba" or whatever. When we introduce doubts into the bible it is difficult to know where to stop doubting and when to start believing.
---emg on 8/20/06

I believe the Bible to be true, I believe he did live to be 969 years old. As to days, years, etc. being different then, I believe God Himself answered the days question when He said from Sinai over 2000 years after creation that He had created the earth in six days. Furthermore, Genesis was written by Moses well down into the time when we have historical records of days and years.
Environmental changes, plus the increase in sin led to shortening of lives.
---Wayne87 on 8/19/06

emg ... I don't think Magham is saying the years were shorter, but that pehaps they called the seasons years. That would bring down the total number of full years to 240 or so. Or maybe they measured years by the moon,so there would be 13 of their lunar years in a modern year. But that wouldn't work because Enoch would then ahve had Methuselah at age 5 or so!!
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/19/06

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Meghan, I don't quite understand what you are saying but if the years were shorter, then possibly so were the months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. Perhaps God didn't create the world in 6 days after all, perhaps he did it in nano-seconds. (For those who havn't noticed, I am being facetious).
---emg on 8/18/06

well the explaination is that the time recording meaning calendar that we use today is not the same as then. It was measured in shorter years compared to now. The time frames were probably the same just measured differently.
---meghan on 8/18/06

Christi: Yes. Although there are some 'natural reasons' for why we can believe people in general did live longer back then, I'll add there's no reason to dispute what Scripture says in Genesis 5:27 "So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died." I don't know of any textual problems with this passage at all. Scripture says 969 years; I see no reason whatsoever to doubt it. Those who don't believe the Bible is God's truth, will most likely dispute this though.
---danie9374 on 8/18/06

Our genetic code was perfect in Adam & Eve. When sin entered the world our genetic code fell into entropy. The first several generations of humans lived extended years because of the purity of their genetic structure.
---Ryan on 8/17/06

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Yes, Methuselah did live 969 years. Humans do not live that old for a couple reasons, I think. It goes to the number 1000. God said man shall not live a day of God. God says one of His days is like a 1000 years. Scripture says that a man 1000 years old in His kingdom is compared to a baby. The measurement of a mellinia is a monumental number in the bible.
---Ryan on 8/17/06

Yes, I believe he did. Virtually everyone in those days very long lives. If you study the bible from Adam down through quite a few generations to his death you'll be able to work out how many greats could be put before the word grandad by the last ones born before he died.
---M.P. on 8/17/06

I believed that he did live that long. He lived the longest. What happened? Sin got worse. We don't take care of ourselves now as they did then. Back then they didn't have to worry about cancer, aids, some type of virus, like we have to content with now. Alot has changed since then.
---Rebecca_D on 8/17/06

Yes he did, and the reason people lived so long then, is because it was God's plan. They were to replenish the earth. I know many want to give scientific reasons, but they forget the Divine reasons. God's plan is perfect.
---Dottie on 8/17/06

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