USA - Human Life Forever?

Arno Froese

Last year, a trio of New York researchers claimed humans had already lived as long as they possibly could.

About 115 years, said Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers, that’s the maximum human lifespan. Now a group of Canadian researchers challenges that assertion, saying its possible human existence may be boundless.

Indeed, people are living longer than they were a century ago, but American lives have leveled off in recent years. In 1900, the average lifespan was about 47 years, noted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 1970, American life expectancy was about 71 years old, increasing slightly year by year until 2015, when, for the first time in two decades, it dipped to 78.8.

Senior author of the Einstein study Jan Vijg said human maximum lifespan peaked sometime in the 1990s.

“Further progress against infectious and chronic diseases may continue boosting average life expectancy, but not maximum lifespan,” Vijg said when the Einstein study was released in October. “While it’s conceivable that therapeutic breakthroughs might extend human longevity beyond the limits we’ve calculated, such advances would need to overwhelm the many genetic variants that appear to collectively determine the human lifespan.”

Siegfried Hekimi and fellow McGill University biologist Bryan Hughes challenged the math of the Einstein researchers.

Hekimi said the takeaway of the study, published in the journal Nature, is, “that no plateau in the increase in maximum human lifespan can currently be observed.”

“I am not saying that I believe humans will ever be able to live forever,” he said. “However, in the absence of proof to the contrary as a scientist, I keep an open mind.”, 28 June 2017

Arno's commentary

The oldest person recorded in Scripture was Methuselah, who lived 969 years. In the next chapter, God puts a limit on human lifespan: “…yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:3b). Later in the Psalms Moses writes: “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” (Psalm 90:10). It is of interest that global life expectancy stands at 71.6 years. Japan leads the world in longevity with 83.7, followed by Switzerland, 83.4 and, quite significantly, Israel with 82.5 years (USA: 79.3 years).

Moses admonishes us: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). That is most important. Why? Because it matters not how long one lives; there is simply no detouring of Hebrews 9:27: “…It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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