In November 1993 Esquire magazine carried an article entitled "How to Live Forever." The article said that if all gerontogenes are deactivated, if cancer and heart disease are conquered, if genes can be tricked into regenerating organ tissue, and if all causes of senescence are eliminated, the median life span will increase to 1,200 years! That is a very long list of "if's." And 1,200 years is a long time, but it is considerably short of eternity.

The fact is that our bodies were never intended to last forever and we were never intended to spend eternity on earth. Jesus told us how to live forever. In chapter 4 of John's gospel He spoke of water that would bring eternal life. In chapter 6 He spoke of bread that would bring eternal life. In chapter 17 He said plainly, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."