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Jeff Bezos and the Quest for Immortality

09/21/21

John Stonestreet

Kasey Leander

The world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, is reportedly spending a lot of money on immortality. According to MIT’s Technology Review, the Amazon founder has invested heavily in experimental genetic research to reverse the process of aging.

It’s just a new twist on an old story. Sixteenth-century conquistadors sought the fountain of youth. For Indiana Jones, it was the Holy Grail. For 21st century tech gurus, it’s the science of epigenetics, driven by a worldview of transhumanism. People have always looked to escape death, and they will spend a fortune along the way. 

And that’s the tragic irony: the only real solution to death is free. Pseudo-science may promise eternal life, but only Jesus can deliver. As He said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish…”  He offers two things all the money in the world can never buy: not just a way to live forever, but also a reason to want to.

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