Originally Posted by VamPyroX
I think the age parts in the Bible is a bunch of mumbo jumbo.
100 years ago, the average live span was under 40 years.
How is it that everyone lived over 500 years, then today we can barely get over 100 years.
If the Bible was really telling the truth, then the only other reason would be that the Bible didn't follow the same calendar as we do. For all we know, they probably had 5-month calendars or something.
Man's body was originally created to last for eternity but the day that Adam and Eve disobeyed God, that was the day their bodies began the dying process. They still lived a long time but no where near an eternity.
For many generations the people continued to live long ages in a protected environment. However, even the environment was effected by man's fall into sin.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake
; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
The environment continued to deteriorate to its most dramatic crisis--the loss of its vapor canopy during the Flood. From that point on, the living conditions on earth changed drastically.
Also, sin continued to tear down man's spirit, society, and body. Before the Flood, God warned:
3 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
God told man that the new "average" age would be lowered to 120 years. (That was the age of Moses, for example.)
Since the time of Moses, our bodies have continued a downward slide. In recent generations, it appears that we have increased our longevity because of advances in medicine, nutrition, and hygiene. But that's deceptive. Without modern medicine to patch up our wounds and cure our ills, the general condition of our bodies is weaker now than in past centuries. Are humans really any more hardy now than they used to be? Or are they weaker and more dependent on medical care?
As for calendars, suppose they did use 6-month calendars instead of 12-month. So, Methuselah lived ONLY 484 years
instead of 969.