Is this Eden?
As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month.
The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the “hobbit,” or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba.
The hobbit was found in association with a remarkable extinct fauna of giant rats, pygmy proboscideans [elephant-like creatures], and other unusual vertebrates, and it’s likely that similar faunas would also have been present.
Most believe — should they believe — that Eden was more likely near Mesopotamia.
The most common location for the Garden of Eden is in Mesopotamia, that is, modern-day Iraq. The primary reason is the mention in Genesis 2 of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which flow through that country. This view has been accepted by Christians from antiquity down to modern times. Another location that has been proposed is the region around Armenia. It is in this general area that the Tigris and Euphrates rivers begin there long journey down to the Persian Gulf.
A second perspective that has been brought up many times throughout Christian history is that the Garden can no longer be found on a map today. It is believed that the earth’s surface has been dramatically changed because of the Great Flood. Thus, all this searching in the Middle East, or wherever, is not needed since the Garden has been destroyed.
God granted humans with immortality.
Soon, he stripped that from us.
But did he eradicate that potential from us? Or merely ‘shut off’ the genes that make it possible?
Most people don’t realize that all human beings have two sets of DNA in their bodies, the DNA inside our chromosomes, and a foreign DNA inside our mitochondria, that our ancestors stole from bacteria over a billion years ago.
Look into any of your cells, and you’ll see mysterious foreign DNA lurking inside your mitochondria, the tiny organelles that litter your cells. Recently, mitochondria have come under a growing scientific spotlight; scientists increasingly believe they play a central role in many, if not most, human illnesses. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, and when they falter, our cells lose power, just as a flashlight dims when its batteries weaken. Recently, researchers have linked mitochondria to an array of metabolic and age-related maladies, including autism, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cardiovascular disease.
Our very own genes seem to be fighting us. Why?
Individuals with traits that help them live longer are more likely to pass on their genes, so in theory, aging should have been entirely weeded out by now.
Evolution becomes blind to the effects of mutations that promote aging as long as those effects only kick in after reproduction has started. Really, aging is an evolutionary oversight.
The researchers found that by inactivating autophagy in the C. elegans‘ neurons, the worms stayed healthier for longer and their lifespan increased by an extra 50 percent. The researchers aren’t yet sure of the mechanism behind the healthier neurons, but if the research can be applied to humans, it could not only improve our health- and lifespan, but combat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.
Imagine if living — as humans — for one thousand years is possible. That divine right, taken from us for our foolishness, remains, waiting to once again be unlocked.
Will you be alive when this discovery finally happens?
Living as long as possible is your only shot.