I like to visit creationist web sites. They're always good for a laugh.
I found this interesting tidbit today at http://www.biblestudy.org/basicart/why-did-man-live-longer-before-flood-of-noah-than-after-it.html
"One of the most intriguing facts in the Bible is the immense life spans of the patriarchs before and just after the flood. Adam lived 930 years, Methuselah the longest lived of the patriarchs lived 969 years. Noah lived 950 years. Many scoffers state that these extended life spans are nothing more than myths and legends. "
OOh, ooh...put me on that list! I'm a scoffer.
"They state that the figures given for the various ages of the patriarchs are fabricated.
"There are many factors that could account for the lowering of the life spans after the flood. The Bible states that the flood would not only destroy the land dwelling air breathing animals but it would also destroy the earth (Genesis 6:13; 9:11).
"After the flood the earth was completely different than the earth before. There were widespread global differences. These would include changes in the climate, composition of the atmosphere, hydrologic cycle, geologic features, cosmic radiation reaching the earth, ozone concentration, ultra violet light, background radiation, genetics, diet, and a host of other subtle and/or profound chemical and physiological changes. These changes caused a rapid decline of the longevity of post flood humanity. "
I've seen many creationists say similar things.
Do creationists really believe claims such as this?
Actions speak louder than words.
**IF** changes to the environment would allow peopleto live ten times longer than they do now, we should be investing millions and millions of dollars in medical research to find out what those factors are!!!
Millions of dollars are invested now in research that might allow a small percentage of people suffering from a specific disease to live an additional few years or so.
Imagine the funding that would be available to study something that might allow ALL people to live for additional centuries!!!
The funding that would be available would approach the US national debt.
This article cites many possible factors. Surely there would be money available to study ALL of them and even more.
Let's pick one. Let's say that cosmic radiation is diminishing how long people live.
It would be trivially easy to devise an experiment where people's homes and offices were designed to remove cosmic radiation. Then we could study the effects on how long people who lived in those conditions lived compared to people who lived as they do now.
It could be the case that this is NOT the factor. Even if it is, people would still go outside (to play golf for example) and so the complete effect might not be present.
That raises two points:
1. We won't know for sure until we run the tests.
2. Even if the effect only adds a few decades to people's lives (rather than centuries) that would still justify the research many times over.
**IF** creationists really and truly and honestly believed in such things, they should be rushing to fund medical research .
So how much research into such things are creationists doing?
There is only ONE possible explanation for that.
Even creationists don't really believe in creationism.
They say these things, but they don't really believe in any of it.
Creationists are obviously smarter than they let on. These long lives listed in the Bible are complete "myths and legends".
Even creationists secretly know that.
Their actions clearly tell us that even if their words don't.