GLMX #245: How to Defy Death

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A recent feature story in the Washington Post states: “For centuries, explorers have searched the world for the fountain of youth. Today’s billionaires believe they can create it, using technology and data.” The story went on to describe how Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, and Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, met with a molecular biologist and theoretician to discuss how they can use technology to slow down ageing and greatly elongate the human lifespan. The story also reported that Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, “has proclaimed his wish to live forever and has donated more than $430 million to anti-aging research.” He told his biographer, “Death has never made any sense to me. How can a person be there and then just vanish, just not be there?”

No doubt, every person who has lived has had questions about death. And nearly everyone has wondered at one time or another how they can extend their life or remain younger longer. Television ads about anti-aging creams and techniques populate the airwaves. People fret over dieting and health issues in an effort to look and feel younger. People have a seemingly natural desire to live longer — even to defy death and live forever. Continue reading “GLMX #245: How to Defy Death”

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GLMX #223: We Can Land on a Comet But We Can’t…

The Rosetta spacecraft's Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Artist impression picture supplied, ESA NZH)
The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Artist impression
picture supplied, ESA NZH)
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This past week, the European Space Agency accomplished an incredible feat. A space probe named Philae was launched by the spacecraft, Rosetta, and it successfully landed on a comet zipping through space at 80,000 miles an hour. It was an event ten years in the making. The scientists were thrilled that their hard work had paid off. Philae and Rosetta began sending back images of the far-off comet, and scientists were able to begin analyzing what they were able to discover about this space object.

Amid the hand-clapping and back-slapping, however, some people poked fun at the landing online. Twitter users popularized the hashtag #WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant. The hashtag was followed by a statement describing something else of greater importance that our resources should be dedicated to accomplishing. Here are some of the most popular of these messages:

#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop ISIS from beheading our people
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant give children all over the world good living conditions and education
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop Assad from committing genocide with chemical weapons
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant find that Malaysian airline plane or any of the 227 people who were on it
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant live in a peaceful world, free from prejudice, racism and hate
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant lower the cost of tuition for college

Some people gave their tweets a light-hearted edge as they aired minor greivances, some of which included:

#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get McDonald’s to serve breakfast 24/7
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get a fire alarm to tell the difference between burnt toast and a blazing inferno
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant convince the self-checkout machine that there is nothing unexpected in the bagging area.
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get cellphone reception in my apartment
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop saying Hump Day on Wednesdays

As we look over the course of human history, we will find that mankind has accomplished some pretty incredible things. We have scaled the highest mountains, explored the ocean floor, walked on the moon, carved countries out of wildernesses, found cures for deadly diseases, mastered the art of flying, and made it possible to communicate with nearly anyone anywhere in the world via the internet just to name a few. Yet, despite all of the science, technology, manpower, and money at our disposal, it seems as though we can do nothing about issues that are of far more importance. Millions around the world still languish in poverty. Violent crime still brings unrest to communities. Our forms of mass transportation — planes, trains, and subways — have been hijacked and turned into scenes of carnage by terrorists. Wars and strife continue to ravage the globe each and every day.

With all that we can do, there are some things that it seems like we just can’t do. We can’t bring about world peace. We can’t bring prosperity to everyone. And even though scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual leaders have tried, we have not been able to solve the problem of mankind’s evil tendencies. After thousands of years of progress and advancements, man still has not found a way to curb the evil tendencies of the human race. Even though many of us would not like to admit it, we are still people who are, as the Bible says, deceitful and desperately wicked.

The only solution for mankind’s tendency toward evil is not something that is within our power to do; it is something that is outside of ourselves. This solution lies only with God; and two thousand years ago, He intervened in human history to provide His solution — the solution — for mankind’s sin problem once and for all. Continue reading “GLMX #223: We Can Land on a Comet But We Can’t…”