Steven Austad, a bio-gerontologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham delved into the question: Why do we age? Here is his explanation:
“Reproduction is the name of the game. Basically, we age because it’s not in nature’s best interest to perfectly repair our bodies. The main thing is to keep us reproductive as long as possible, and then let our bodies deteriorate.”
In other words, ultimately we are here to be replaced – a pretty sobering thought. Of course we all know that no human being can actually be reproduced. Our DNA is very unique. Each person is as irreplaceable as they come.
Faith ventures beyond biology: There is a God who created matter out of nothing and this same God is the reason why we exist. By acknowledging Him, faith infinitely increases the value of human life. As a creature of God, we are no accident. We all matter.
Our bodies are subjected to corruption – so is our psyche. Born selfish, our psyches are frail. Given the circumstances, we can be broken very easily.
The word “gospel” is an old English combination of the words “God” and “spel”, which in modern English translates into news, a story. The news that God sent His Son to save the world is the heart of the gospel, and that is indeed very good news. It is a delight to get to know the Son of God. The Spirit of God is tirelessly introducing Jesus to every generation. And the Father of all is our soul’s destiny and home. We are adopted into His family.
Faith is precious because we are no longer slaves to corruption, but we are set free to participate in God’s divine nature. The incorruptible, inconceivable, beautiful and generous nature of God saves us from corruption because He dearly loves us.