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Author Topic:   Why, if god limited man's life to 120 years, did people live longer?
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Message 226 of 230 (565948)
06-22-2010 6:09 AM

Gen 6:3 refers to 120 years before the flood, wiping out mankind except Noah and whoever else that were on the ark.
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Message 227 of 230 (566495)
06-24-2010 11:40 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by thestickman
12-05-2002 10:00 AM

The 120 years need not refer to how long man would live. Many take it to refer to how long till t the flood, for example.
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Message 228 of 230 (567269)
06-30-2010 11:56 AM

God gives all men enough time to accomplish His purposes
Gen 6:3 clearly refers to 120 years before God would send the flood that would destroy mankind.

Noah found favor in God's eyes, and fathered Shem, Ham and Japheth (Gen 6:8-10).

Noah was 600 when the flood came (Gen 7:11).

Others lived beyond 120 years who were born after the flood - Abraham 175, Isaac 180, and Jacob 147.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil 1:21)


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Message 229 of 230 (568256)
07-05-2010 2:15 AM

People in older days have lived more than 120 years and the proof for this could be found in the books, but comparing it to the situation prevailing today it is quite different. In those days people used to believe and did hear the words of God because of their pure thoughts and the following God's path, which is a rare case today. As of today 120 years is said to be a long time and that's what the difference is all about.

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Message 230 of 230 (568465)
07-06-2010 1:01 AM
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07-05-2010 2:15 AM

People in the Bible livoing longer than 120 years is based on using the modern interpretation of 'Father.' If father mean the one who started the tribe, then each one means ancestor. We see this concept used in Genesis. Eve was the mother of all the living. Jabal and Jubal were the fathers of all who played music and herded cattle. I offer this as a possible alternative interpretation that also fits science.
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