One of the most interesting things to me when I was a youth was the age of some of the earliest people mentioned in the Bible. How could Adam and many others live for 900 years? It seemed very unreasonable when I was a younger person. Generally most of the stuff after the flood seemed more reasonable and remotely possible, but the events before then just sounded hard to grasp. I had heard someone say it was just a counting error and they were actually months (and as 900 / 12 = 75 it seemed possible) and that seemed to answer some early questions about Christianity. As I have grown up I don’t think that was really the case and I began to think that some of the stories in the early Bible could be far more literal than I had originally understood.
Eventually one of the ideas I later came across over the years was that from Creation to the flood the Earth was surrounded by a global cloud layer. (This is commonly called the Canopy theory). I began to realize at some point that this cloud layer might have protected humans and other creatures from genetic disease and enabled them to live for much longer periods. With perfect DNA it doesn’t seem too far fetched that a person this day and age could live for a very long time. (On a side note, late on I realized the prohibition against inbreeding came after this time also) Recently I read this article that cosmic rays could affect cloud formation. (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=cloud-formation-may-be-linked-to-cosmic-rays). I don’t really have a degree in stellar nucleosynthesis so I have to take their word for it,… wait who am I kidding, I don’t even remotely have a full understanding of it. Anyways I began to ponder recently that many of the ages and events in Genesis probably happened with much less embellishment than I had originally grown up to believe. Adam probably did live to 930 real solar years. This is not impossible to fathom as it seems physically possible for many species to live long lives even now (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_long-living_organisms) and extending human life is being currently studied (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategies_for_Engineered_Negligible_Senescence)
Now I still believe in evolution, and a long time-frame for Earth’s foundation, and I also believe in the validity of the Bible. I think evolution is a sign of Intelligent Design, but I also want to add reasoned support for the validity of the actual words in the Bible.