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May 28, 2021

Despite all the efforts by medical researchers and crackpot tech billionaires to live forever, a scientific study published in the journal Nature Communications estimates that the longest any human will ever be able to live is 150 years.

The reason is that around age 120, the human body suffers a complete loss of resilience, or the ability to recover from injury or illness. The study’s author said, “As we age, more and more time is required to recover after a perturbation, and on average we spend less and less time close to the optimal physiological state.” Thank you, Captain Obvious!

Of course, some people think they can find ways to put off aging, like traveling to Mexico for regular stem cell infusions to give themselves the body of a five-year-old, which sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?

So once again, science seems to have proven what the Bible already tells us, in Genesis 6:3: “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.” Of course, there are some people mentioned in Genesis who far outlived that shelf life, but I assume God made an exception in their cases, one that most of us shouldn’t count on. In fact, most of us will be lucky to reach the limit mentioned in Psalms 90:10: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten…”

What’s important to remember is that while we all want to live as long as possible, in the end, it’s not the quantity of your years but the quality that matters. Seventy years of helping others, loving your family and being loved in return, and fulfilling the mission that God planned for you is better than 120 years spent missing all the joys of life because you were too obsessed with trying to live to 120.

This might be a good time to mention that if you’ve been vaccinated or had COVID already, take a “risk” and come out of your bedroom, rejoin the world, take off the mask and breathe some fresh air. Your brain probably needs it.

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