Recently, I’ve not been able to get a question out of my tiny head. It’s this:
Why, in scripture, is longevity seen as a BLESSING??
I mean, if the next life is peace and joy, then why would God promise long life in this ‘veil of tears’ for being righteous? It doesn’t make much sense to me.
‘Honour Thy father and mother that…etc.’
My thoughts are that the longevity promises are all Old Testament, where there was little concept of life after death, whereas in the New Testament St Paul acknowledges that he’d rather be in the next life if he was only thinking selfishly.
If I am correct then isn’t this another example of progressive revelation and the importance of allowing the New Testament to take supreme priority over the Old even to the point of accepting that the Old, in many respects, was wrong?
Any thoughts would be appreciated