Taking a look at the human body.
The human body is marvelously designed. Its development and growth are simply a miracle. An ancient writer exclaimed: “In a fear-inspiring way I am wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) fully aware of the marvels of the human body, some modern scientists find aging and death a puzzle. Do you? “Aging,” wrote Harvard University biologist Steven Austad, “so constantly confronts us that I’m surprised more people don’t perceive it as a central biological mystery.” The fact that everyone grows old, Austad noted, “makes aging appear less puzzling.” Still when you really think about it, do aging and death make sense?
In his book How and why We Age, Dr. Leonard Hayflick acknowledged the marvels of human life and growth and wrote: “After performing the miracles that take us from conception to birth and then to sexual maturation and adulthood, nature chose not to devise what would seem to be a more elementary mechanism to simply maintain those miracles forever. This insight has puzzled biogerontologists [those who study the biological aspects of aging] for decades.” Are you also puzzled by aging and death? What purpose do they serve? Hayflick observed: “Virtually all biological events from conception to maturity seem to have a purpose, but aging does not. It is not obvious why aging should occur. Although we have learned much about the biology of aging, we are still left with the inevitable outcome of purposeless aging followed by death.” Is it possible that we were not meant to grow old and die but to live forever on earth?
Desire to Live
Surely you are aware that almost everyone resents growing old and dying. In fact, many fear that prospect. In his book How We Die, medical doctor Sherwin B. Nuland wrote: “None of us seems psychologically able to cope with the thought of our own state of death, with the idea of a permanent unconsciousness in which there is neither void nor vacuum-in which there is simply nothing.” Do you know anyone who wants to grow old, get sick, and die? Yet, if old age and death were natural and part of some master plan, wouldn’t we welcome them? But we don’t. Why not? The answer is found in the way we were made. The Bible says: “[God] has even put eternity in [our] minds.” (Ecc. 3:11) Because of this desire for an endless future, people have long searched for a so-called fountain of youth. They want to stay young forever. This raises the question, Do we have the potential for longer life?