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Discovery Magazine 6/1/2014

Cave Living

Have you ever seen a movie or read a book about cavemen? What were those “creatures” like? Most of the time “cavemen” are pictured as unintelligent, grunting creatures that are not really human. Modern humans supposedly evolved from these “cavemen.” Did you know that such “cavemen” never existed? You see, God created Adam and Eve as the first two humans. They were very intelligent and they lived in the Garden of Eden and could talk to God. Modern humans did not “evolve” from cavemen years ago. Humans were intelligent humans from the very beginning.

That does not mean, however, that no humans have ever lived in caves. In fact, many people over the years have lived in caves. Caves can make good homes for several reasons. For one, they offer protection from harsh weather such as thunderstorms, snowstorms, or tornadoes. Second, the temperature in caves is much more mild than the outside temperature. During the summer it is cooler in caves than it is outside, and during the winter it is warmer. Third, caves do not take many resources to build. There is no need to make brick or blocks, and no need for a roof since the rock that makes the cave is already there.



In the Bible, we read about several people living in caves. During David’s life, King Saul tried to capture him and kill him. David had to run for his life and live in the wilderness. In the wilderness, he and his men lived in caves. One of the caves where he lived was known as the cave of Adullam (1 Samuel 22:1). In another part of the Bible, we read that a righteous man named Obadiah once hid 100 of God’s prophets in caves (1 Kings 18:4). And in the New Testament we read about a demon possessed man living in caves (Mark 5:3).


Even today there are millions of people who live in caves. In the country of China there are special caves called yaodongs that are dug out of the sides of cliffs. Over 30 million people live in these caves. Some of the caves are very simple and small, but some are elaborate with many rooms and decorations. In Spain, in the area of Grenada, a group of people known as Gitanos live in caves. God has provided many unique places for people to live; caves have been one of those special places.




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