“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”
What do the billionaires who founded such tech companies as PayPal, Google, Facebook, eBay, Napster and Netscape all have in common? They are all searching for the fountain of youth, hoping to extend the human lifespan to 150 years or much longer.
As an article in the Washington Post points out, these billionaires are all funding projects aimed at “engineering microscopic nanobots that can fix your body from the inside out, figuring out how to reprogram the DNA you were born with, and exploring ways to digitize your brain based on the theory that your mind could live long after your body expires.”
But even if it were possible to add thirty, sixty or a hundred years to our lives, would this be a good thing? According to a 2013 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 51 percent said they believed treatments to slow, stop or reverse aging would have a negative impact on society. And 58 percent said treatments that would allow people to live decades longer would be “fundamentally unnatural.”
Well, it seems unnatural to us today that people once lived for hundreds of years. But that’s what the Bible tells us. While Psalm 90:10 also informs us that we may be able to live to the age of seventy or eighty, in the end, each one of us will die. And after death, the judgment. Are you ready for that? Do you want to know that your sins have been forgiven? If not, put your trust in Jesus today!
Jesus, thank You for laying down Your life on the cross so that I can be forgiven for my many sins. By putting my trust in You for my salvation, I know I can face death unafraid. Amen.
Ariana Eunjung Cha, “Tech titans’ latest project: Defy death,” Washington Post, 4/4/15.