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Only A Hundred?
by Wayne Blank
The Means To The Goal Is Not Itself The Goal
There is certainly nothing wrong with seeking to live a long, healthy life - the Bible provides many God-stated health principles that teach how to do just that (e.g. Clean and Unclean), but very often the perspective of the modern-day "live to 100" advice causes people to live in a way that will hinder their chances of making it to true life, everlasting life, by having them squander themselves as fearful, selfish "survivalists" - carnal behavior that is contrary to the principles of good Christian Living.
Life is meant to be lived, and the only valid priority of this mortal life is to obey God no matter what the cost or consequences from anyone or anything. If you do your best to do that, you'll find that it automatically provides for your responsibilities to everyone and everything else i.e. see The First Commandment, The Second Commandment, The Third Commandment, The Fourth Commandment, The Fifth Commandment, The Sixth Commandment, The Seventh Commandment, The Eighth Commandment, The Ninth Commandment and The Tenth Commandment. The only purpose, and value, of God-intended temporary physical life is that it gives us the opportunity to make it to eternal life (the word "eternal" has a far greater potential meaning than just everlasting life - see Children Of God). Physical life is not the end in itself, unless, tragically, we choose to make it so.
"For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the Glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:35-38 RSV)