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Life Spans in Genesis

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For many skeptics the long life spans recorded in Genesis 5 and 11 seem absurd. Recent advances in the biochemistry of aging, however, make these long life spans scientifically plausible. Researchers studying the aging process have known for some time that calorie restriction can dramatically boost life expectancy for a wide range of organisms. This report announces the discovery of compounds that mimic calorie restriction. Scientists hope that in the near future, such advances will lead to pharmaceutical therapies that extend human longevity to several hundred years in age. If human intervention holds the potential to extend life span to several hundred years, is it unreasonable to think that the Creator could do the same? In light of this study, long human life spans described in Genesis are scientifically rational.

o   “Scientists Identify Compounds that Mimic Calorie Restriction,”


·         Related Resource

o   Long Life Spans: ‘Adam Lived 930 Years and Then He Died’—New Discoveries in the Biochemistry of Aging Support the Biblical Record,” by Fazale R. Rana, Hugh Ross, and Richard Deem

Subjects: Bible Difficulties, Long Life Spans

Dr. Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. Read more about Dr. Hugh Ross.