Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Woman Dies Before Contradicting The Bible

From The New York Times ("Death of a Supercentenarian," August 29, 2006):
On Sunday, the oldest woman in the world died at age 116 in an Ecuadorian hospital. Her name was MarĂ­a Esther de Capovilla, and she was born in September 1889. We are all aware that there will be an end to our lives, but Ms. Capovilla’s death is a reminder of how absolute the boundary of human longevity really is. You may escape all the actuarial fates there are, and yet the body has its own term limits, a point at which the warranty expires and something furls up inside you.
Now, what is that term limit? According to The Bible, it's 120 years (Genesis 6:3):
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (KJV Genesis 6:3)
Now, since the Bible is infallible, can anybody find an example of somebody who lived past 120 years? Oh, shit, the Times mentions it right in the first paragraph:
The woman who succeeds Ms. Capovilla as the oldest woman on earth is also 116, and the oldest person on record died at 122.
Well, we can brush that off as liberal media bias. As a matter of fact, who's to say Jeanne Calment ever existed in the first place? Did you ever meet her?

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