And We did not give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they to live for ever. (21:9) more translations
This verse makes the following statements about prophets:
- They cannot survive without food.
- They do not live for ever.
It further states that Prophets do not live for ever. “Live for ever” should not be taken too literally as the concept of eternity is abstract and unfathomable. An argument of this nature that limits itself only to negation of eternity carries very little meaning. Come eternity, no one will be around to check if anyone still survives. One way to understand this is to ask the question if a million year lifespan would run afoul of this verse? Or would a thousand? Clearly both would. The fact is that any lifespan that could be classed as unnatural or aberrational in its extent is disallowed here. If Jesus is still alive, it would make him some 2000 years old! Needless to say, that is unnatural for an ordinary person as well as a prophet.