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Why did people in the Bible live so long? I have heard that after the Flood, it changed the climate dramatically, therefore having a huge impact on humans. I was just curious what the real answer is or if it is just a ‘best guess’ kind of thing.
Older By The Minute
Dear Older By The Minute,
There is no specific answer as to why God allowed the age of man to deteriorate down to seventy to eighty years (Ps 90:10) from the hundreds of years that people lived during the pre-Flood era, but many creation scientists attribute the drop to genetic degradation. As mankind’s genetic pool has deteriorated from the perfect specimens of Adam and Eve, the length of our lives has suffered. At least, that is one theory.
Think of it this way, Adam and Eve were the most healthy, well-made humans ever. They were genetic royalty! Everyone since them has been just a little less perfect. That is the way genetics work. Slowly over time, genetic mutations (like hemophilia, Down's Syndrome, etc.) have crept into the genetic code of mankind, and other genetic traits have been lost. This slow process of erosion has brought us to the point where we are today. Our bodies are genetically inferior to the earlier generations of mankind, and consequently, can't survive as long. As you said, another factor may simply be that the post-Flood world is harsher than the pre-Flood world, and that has added to our shortened lifespans.
Like you said, there isn't a definitive answer – it's more of a ‘best guess’ thing.
I have confessed to God, asked Him to come into my life and change me according to His will. I have acknowledged my belief in Jesus' dying on the cross and also His blood cleansing/washing away my sins as well as Him being crucified on the cross and being resurrected on the third day. But why don't I feel different?
It is impossible to say why you (or anyone else) feel a certain way. Emotions are fickle and can be deceiving. Some people feel that they are saved when, in fact, they are lost (Matt 7:21-23), but whether our heart condemns us or not isn’t what saves us (1 Jn 3:19-21). It is our adherence to God’s Word that saves us (Rom 1:16). If you are doing what God says you must do to be saved, then you can have confidence regardless of how you feel (see “What Must I Do To Be Saved?” for further details). Serving God is often an issue of doing what is right without regard to our emotions… showing bravery when we are afraid, working when we are tired, praying when we feel we aren’t heard, and persevering when we are discouraged. One of Satan’s greatest tools to destroy us is that we often don’t feel as we ought, and sin has a way of numbing us to the truth of God’s Word (Heb 3:13).
Is it okay to call people things like a hypocrite, liar, selfish, ignorant, stuck-up, bully, etc. under any circumstances?
Dear Piping Up,
In almost all circumstances, it is wrong to call people these things because most of the time people use these words to lash out in anger and frustration. God makes it clear that we shouldn’t do that (Matt 5:21-22). Though it is okay to be angry, we should never sin in that anger (Eph 4:26).
There are times, though, that Jesus called people liars or hypocrites because they truly were, and they needed to be exposed for the greater good (Matt 23:13). Jesus was careful to only use that sort of harsh language in the most extreme of circumstances and with only the most hard-hearted of individuals – we should follow His lead (1 Cor 11:1).
I have a wife who is faithful to me. She does not know about my secret relationship. I also have a girlfriend who loves me, and I love her (she knows my situation). She cannot keep going on like this in a part-time relationship. Frankly, neither can I. I have to make a decision to be with one or the other. We (girlfriend and I) want to live right before God. Can I leave my faithful wife, choose my girlfriend, and still live right before the Lord? What would we gain? What would we lose? What must we do to make it right before God?
Got To Choose
Dear Got To Choose,
No, unequivocally no! You cannot leave your wife to start a new life with your girlfriend. Marriage was designed by God to be monogamous, and the marriage bed should be undefiled (Gen 2:24, Heb 13:4). What you are doing is wrong. You are fornicating, defiling your marriage, and destroying this other woman’s life as well.
The only faithful way out of this sin is to break off your relationship with your mistress, flee fornication (1 Cor 6:18), and start being faithful to your already faithful wife.
[This question is in response to “Waiting Around”]
Can you explain exactly what "our spirit" is (as you previously answered another inquirer regarding the spirit of a Christian separating from the body and going to Paradise). Is the spirit our conscience?
Dear Jiminy Cricket,
Your spirit is who you really are. We are made in God’s image (Gen 1:27) – it is our spirit that is crafted in His image, not our bodies. Jhn 4:24 says that God is spiritual, not physical. God existed long before the physical world ever did (Gen 1:1). Our spirits are fashioned after our Heavenly Father, and long after our bodies decay, our spirits will live on.
Your spirit is that part of you that truly is you. It is more than your conscience; it is your soul – your very essence. Your body is just a vessel to contain your spirit until the day you go to meet your God (Jas 2:26).