You see, we were given limited lifespans to limit our suffering and our sin, according to the Bible. Death was God's form of triage to keep evil and suffering from becoming eternal and everlasting. You didn't know this?
Re-read this passage - and realize that Man is naked, ashamed and infected with a lie that he had "to know Evil as well as Good" [BTW, today people still believe this lie]. In response, God does what He has to, to keep us from becoming eternally - immortally - wicked.
21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
God locks away the tree of life - eternal life - AFTER He mercifully clothes them.
Theologians will point out that this was the first animal sacrifice - and the God who killed an animal so Adam could have clothing is the same God who sent His Son to die and cover us with His blood-bought righteousness. But by this action, God prevented us from having to deal with immortal Caesar's, Hitlers and the like.
But it also meant He had to find another way to give immortality to those who were right with Him - and we are told that comes through Jesus Christ: accepting Him as Lord and Savior and placing our hope/trust/faith and future on Him.
If you don't want to trust Christ, you will be given the option of trusting the anti-Christ - the "Beast" as shown in Revelations:
1 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.
3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.
4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
Why would a lethal wound being healed make the whole world marvel? We do a lot of that today in our sciences don't we?
If so, then this must be a healing on an order beyond science - or at least beyond our current scientific understanding.
And what would be the LAST thing to overcome for us humans, even if we solve all the other nagging problems like poverty, crime, disease, etc.? Yeah, death.
It's tempting to want that right here and now, isn't it? Without waiting or trusting God for a resurrection? Even Jesus was tempted to cheat death at the cross. We Christians are not immune to the siren call of staying on this level of life for an extended period of time, either. Just today I found this article in Christianity Today that questions what motivates us saints to live longer if our goal is to reach heaven, where eternity awaits us.
See here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/january/6.18.html .
Quoted from the first page online:
Molecular biologist Cynthia Kenyon, for example, has doubled the life span of the worm C. elegans by altering a single gene, the result of which mimics reduced food intake.
"I wanted to be those worms!" said Kenyon. She exclaimed that even a moderate increase in life span would be like having the body of a 45-year-old at age 90. "If our company could make a pill, everyone would want it," she said. Her company hopes to make a pharmaceutical that mimics the genetic experiment in humans and allows consumers to enjoy the longevity benefits of fasting without having to drastically alter their diets. Moreover, that longer life may include health and vitality, assuaging fears that lengthening life would only prolong old age's attendant afflictions.
Who wouldn't want that pill? But then, what would you do to those who resisted it? Would you eradicate them?
One thing for sure, whoever had the secret would also have a very unstoppable army. You could not kill them so you'd have to find some other way to immobilize them.
I think that scenario is also mentioned in the book of Revelations, chapter 9:5,6:
5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.
6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
Why? Is it because Death takes a holiday, like that old film? No. I think we cracked the code of life - and so God has to bring in the angels to end everything.
I think that is the reason all has to be burnt up -because if that code has gotten into the entire biosystem, then everything is immortal, unkillable -and unable to end its journey and enter eternity.
Like in the movie Inception, you just don't wake up - or get out.
I hope this scenario doesn't happen, but I am afraid it will. Because I cannot IMAGINE how much money every nation in the world would put into it if a way to create immortals was known to exist. And who wants to see their loved ones perish if there is a cure?
Thanks for listening.
Oh - one last reason I think this 'immortal scenario' is correct before I go.
My favorite mystic, Oswald Chambers, wrote about what Christ means to you and me and then to the world; He was very insightful, not only about our human nature but also about God's style of operating.
But instead of buying into the common evangelical fanaticism about Christ's Second Coming - even as he was looking down the barrels of World War I [did you know Jesus is returning tomorrow?] - Chambers said God will let mankind achieve all it can before He returns so we will know in our hearts and minds we were wrong and agree with His judgment. I'll try to find the exact quote later, but I cannot escape the logic of God's mercy extending all the way to a final judgment that is utterly deserved [cf. Sodom and Gomorrah].
Be good; keep the faith; follow Jesus!
He's everything, you know.