The question of why humans grow old and die is one that scientists have been trying to answer for decades. The Bible also has much to say on the subject. By examining what science has learned about it in light of the Bible we can get a much better understanding of the cause of aging and death.

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The human body was designed to live forever

So, then, why do we grow old and die?

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What Do Scientists Say?

Scientists have long felt that it is easier to understand how humans could live forever than why they don't.

Today, despite the amazing advances of modern science, biologists’ questions about why we grow old and die remain largely unanswered. Said The Guardian Weekly of London: “One of the great mysteries of medical science has been not why people die of cardiovascular disease or cancer: it was why they die even when there is nothing wrong at all. If human cells divide, and go on renewing themselves by division for 70 years or so, why should they suddenly stop replicating all at once?”

What Does The Bible Say?

When God created the first human pair they were meant to live forever and enjoy life. His purpose for them did not include death. The first human pair were told to be fruitful, fill the earth, and subdue it.

  • (Ecclesiastes 3:11) "Everything he has made pretty in its time. Even time indefinite he has put in their heart ..."

·         (Genesis 1:27-28) And God proceeded to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. 28 Further, God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon the earth.” 

Death was first mentioned as the penalty for disobedience.  All God required of them was obedience and the worship due him as the creator of everything.

  • (Genesis 2:16-17) And Jehovah God also laid this command upon the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17 But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.”

·         (Revelation 4:11) “You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created.”

Idyllic ecological conditions were set up for them. Their garden home would care for their needs; they, in turn were to care for the garden, extending it as needed as the human family would grow.

  • (Genesis 2:9) Thus Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree desirable to one’s sight and good for food and also the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad.
  • (Genesis 2:15) And Jehovah God proceeded to take the man and settle him in the garden of E′den to cultivate it and to take care of it.

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What Do Scientists Say?

Its All In The Genes.

Scientists have long suspected that many things could be explained if they could just be able to look more closely into the human cell's chromosomes.

In the 1930’s, geneticists found that at the tip of each chromosome is a short sequence of DNA that helps to stabilize the chromosome. Named telomeres, from the Greek te′los (end) and me′ros (part), these snippets of DNA act much like the protective end cap on a shoelace. Without telomeres, our chromosomes would tend to unravel and break into short segments, stick to one another, or otherwise become unstable.

They later learned that with each cell division the telomere got shorter until nothing was left but a nub which, once gone, would enable the DNA to unravel causing the death of the cell.

Thus, after 50 to 100  divisions, the cells' telomeres were whittled down to tiny nubs, and all the cells stopped dividing and died. The observation that cells appear to be limited to a finite number of divisions before they die was first reported in the 1960’s by Dr. Leonard Hayflick. Hence, the phenomenon is now referred to by many scientists as the Hayflick limit.

In 1975 the Nature/Science Annual said that the avant-garde in the field of aging believed that “all living creatures carry around within themselves a precisely timed self-destruct mechanism, a clock of aging that ticks away vitality.”

Some scientists, however, weren't convinced that this was the end of the line. They kept looking for what they called a missing mechanism that would keep cells dividing indefinitely.

What Does The Bible Say?

In walks the villain.

Had Adam and Eve remained obedient to Jehovah they would still be alive today. However the Bible account shows that this was not the case.


We have all heard the story. Let’s look at the scriptural account before discussing its far-reaching consequenses.

  • (Genesis 3:1-6) Now the serpent proved to be the most cautious of all the wild beasts of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it began to say to the woman: “Is it really so that God said YOU must not eat from every tree of the garden?” 2 At this the woman said to the serpent: “Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat. 3 But as for [eating] of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘YOU must not eat from it, no, YOU must not touch it that YOU do not die.’” 4 At this the serpent said to the woman: “YOU positively will not die. 5 For God knows that in the very day of YOUR eating from it YOUR eyes are bound to be opened and YOU are bound to be like God, KNOWING good and bad.” 6 Consequently the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to be longed for to the eyes, yes, the tree was desirable to look upon. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward she gave some also to her husband when with her and he began eating it. 

The Bible says: “The sting producing death is sin.” —1 Corinthians 15:56  But just what is sin? To understand this word, let us consider the meaning it carried in the original languages of the Bible. The Hebrew and Greek verbs commonly translated “to sin” mean “to miss” in the sense of missing a mark or not reaching a goal. What mark do all of us miss? The mark of human perfection.

Adam and Eve were no longer perfect. Sin was now dwelling in them. As perfect humans they were designed to live forever. That was a gift they could have passed on to their offspring, but you can’t pass on what you no longer have. For example, let’s say that you have a perfect tin for baking a bunt cake. Every bunt cake you bake in it comes out perfect. But if it becomes dented it will no longer produce perfect cakes. Every one you bake from that point on will have a dent in it. Here’s how Paul explained why we all die:

·  (Romans 5:12) That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned

Also noteworthy is something else he'd said earlier in this same letter to the Roman Christians:

  • (Romans 3:23) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Here we have the idea of falling short as though something were missing. We tend to think of sin as something that had been put into our bodies that is killing us, but might  it mean instead that something was taken out? Think about this: if you wanted to plant a tree in your yard you would need a hole.  Would you go to the hardware store to buy one? No, you would take out some dirt to get one. Might that be the missing mechanism those scientists are trying to find? How is that search now progressing?

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What Do Scientists Say?

The following is an excerpt from the the publication, "A Satisfying Life—How to Obtain It" page. 21 par. 5

"...You may brush aside the thought of everlasting life as absurd, but is it? Scientists believe that they now have insight into what causes the aging of cells. Bits of genetic material called telomeres, which cap the ends of chromosomes, grow shorter every time a cell divides. After 50 to 100 cell divisions, telomeres wear out, and most cells stop dividing. Recent scientific findings, however, indicate that with the help of an enzyme called telomerase, human cells can continue dividing indefinitely. Although this finding does not mean that Jehovah makes everlasting life possible through this particular enzyme, it does indicate one thing: The thought of everlasting life is not absurd!"

What Does The Bible Say?

Adam and Eve had no sooner disobeyed God, thereby losing everlasting life for themselves and their progeny, than Jehovah began working on the means of buying it back for us. In pronouncing sentence on the serpent he made this statement

  • (Genesis 3:15) And I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel.”

This was the first in a series of prophecies about a liberator, a messiah, who would eventually destroy the secret entity behind the serpent. That villain is identified for us in the last book of the Bible:

  • (Revelation 12:9) So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

God later said, through his servant John, these often quoted words:

  • (John 3:16) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.

So, both the Bible and modern science seem to be making the same promise. Now it's a question of which one you will put your faith in. There are a couple of things you may want to keep in mind while deciding which side you want to be on.


This isn't the first time that humans thought they could beat God to the punch on something. The scriptures tell us of a time, shortly after the flood of Noah's day, when mankind was told once again to spread out to fill the earth. A man named Nimrod, who is called "a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah" got a group together to build a tower to the heavens to make a name for themselves. You may have heard of that account in the eleventh chapter of Genesis and remember how Jehovah dispersed them by confusing the one pure language through which all humans had been communicating up till then.


Jehovah is now holding out a gold ring for us to grab if we want it. The hope God is giving us is not only eternal life but the restoration of all things that was lost to us by our first parents.

  • (Revelation 21:3-4) With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

And guess what else he promises:

  • (Zephaniah 3:9) For then I shall give to peoples the change to a pure language, in order for them all to call upon the name of Jehovah, in order to serve him shoulder to shoulder.

How soon will all this happen? Take a look at the condition of the world around you and then tell me what you think.

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