Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Bradenton Herald of Bradenton, Florida. It’s titled Age cure can be found with eternal life in heaven, not science. The newspaper has a comments feature.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is James. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In response to “Gerontologist predicts age will one day be cured” (Herald, Jan. 27), I submit that Mr. Aubry de Grey would do well to research the living God’s Holy Word in this endeavor since He is the one who created the human body.
James is probably referring to this earlier article in that same newspaper: Gerontologist tells USF Sarasota-Manatee crowd ‘aging’ can be reversed, which said:
As he [Aubrey de Grey] explained Tuesday in an entertaining 45-minute speech before a crowd of 171 in the Selby Auditorium on the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, he believes regenerative medicine such as gene therapy can repair the damage underlying aging. People could easily add 30 years to their lives within two decades, he said … .
Wikipedia has a write-up on Aubrey de Grey. He’s an Englishman who is “an international adjunct professor of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology,” and his views are controversial. Back to James’ letter:
Black [Kathy Black, a gerontologist and a professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, who spoke at the same event as de Grey] said, “Throughout history the human life span has never exceeded about 120.”
According to the earlier article that has upset James, Black said:
“Throughout history the human lifespan has never exceeded about 120. That is the part that I think traditional gerontologists are struggling with. There’s a maximum life span for all species, including humans and that’s the part we are waiting to see, and we are not quite sure, but innovative thinking and science can take us to places we don’t know. So, I don’t want to be entirely pessimistic. But I guess I just want to be more cautious.”
James doesn’t like any of this science talk, and he disagrees with that 120 year figure. He declares:
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female. “God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it.” [Scripture reference.] The first man was named Adam and he lived 930 years. According to the biblical record, Methuselah is the oldest human ever, dying at age 969. [Scripture reference.]
That’s helpful information. It shows how ignorant those scientists are. Let’s read on:
Aubry de Grey makes it clear he hates being labeled the man who believes people will one day live forever.
We don’t blame him. James continues:
Mr. de Grey should know that the day has already come when one can live forever.
Wow! Why doesn’t de Grey know about that? How does James know it? He gives us his source:
Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life.” [Scripture reference.]
Aha! And now we come to the end:
We who have Jesus have eternal life now. If our body is destroyed, we have a heavenly dwelling where we will then go. To be away from the body is to be at home with our Lord. [Scripture reference.]
So there you are. According to James, de Grey should stop wasting his time. The problem of eternal life has already been solved.
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