Bible Question:

I was wondering about avoiding death. Is it messing with God's plan for you?

Bible Answer:

First, it is not possible to physically live forever. God told Adam and Eve that they would die because they had sinned, and the effect of their decision has impacted all of us. Every man, woman, or child will die some day.

Limited Life

God has told us in Psalm 90 that the normal span of our life is seventy years.

For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away. (NASB) Ps. 90:9-10

But some of us can live longer due to our good health. We can improve our health by eating good foods, by exercising, by working, and by the quality of the medical help we receive. In this passage, God says that we can extend the length of our life, but we cannot live forever.

We Will Die

Notice that God said at the end of the verse that soon we are gone and “we fly away.” Some day we will die. There is nothing wrong with wanting to live long, but we cannot live forever. In fact, God has set a limit on how long we can live, and no man escapes.

Remember what my span of life is;
For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!
What man can live and not see death?
Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah. (NASB) Ps. 89:47-48


Yet, every person will live forever after our hearts stop beating and our lungs stop breathing. After this physical life, our spiritual life continues. Each person will live either in the Lake of Fire in eternal punishment or in heaven with God (Rev. 20:11-14). There are only two choices.

These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. (NASB) Matt. 25:46

But there is only one way to live with God – trust Him – believe Him! Believe that what He has said about Jesus Christ is true. Jesus is God. He died and then returned to life to forgive your sins. Do you believe? If you’d like to learn more, visit the page Searching for God.