Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 13, 2019

Would You Marry a Cave Man?

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Would you accept a Valentine’s Day date with a cave man?
Would you ask a cave woman for a Valentine’s Day date?

Would you marry a cave man or a cave woman?

Were cave men prehistoric?
Did cave men live before Adam?
Were cave men subhuman?

Who was the very first cave man?

Who is history’s most famous cave man?
Hints: His family belittled him; his countrymen exalted him. From mundane beginnings he became a superb athlete, a skillful musician, a prolific poet, and a battle-tested general whose strategic thinking confounded his enemies. Despite powerful opposition, this cave man rose to lead a prosperous nation in peace and war.
Who is he?

Despite the common confused speculations about cave men, these cave man questions have clear and certain answers discussed below.

But first, consider this Rebus puzzle. It has good advice concerning today’s popular opinions about cave men. Can you figure out the phrase that this puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

Prehistoric Cave Men?

Did prehistoric cave men ever exist, as speculated in the evolutionary story of human history?

No! Absolutely NOT! “Prehistoric” means “before history.” Yet written history begins with the first verse of Genesis documenting Yahweh’s creation of the universe 6,000 years ago.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

All of time and all events, including cave men and dinosaurs, occur after Genesis 1:1. Nothing is prehistoric. “Prehistoric” language is bogus! Yahweh alone precedes history.

Pre-Adamic Cave Men?

Some people speculate, “Don’t the two Creation accounts in Genesis conflict? Could a pre-Adamic race of cave men created in Genesis 1 (before Adam’s creation in Genesis 2) resolve this apparent contradiction?”

How would Jesus answer this speculation? I think He would reply wonderingly,
Have you not read, He who created them from the beginning of creation ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this cause…’?
In fact, this was His answer when asked about marriage (Matthew 19:4-5; Mark 10:6-8). Jesus applied quotations from both Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 to the first man and woman, thereby confirming the harmony of the two chapters. Jesus was saying that both chapters speak of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, fully human. Genesis 1 surveys Creation Week; Genesis 2 focuses on the creation of mankind on Day 6.

Jesus declared the first marriage occurred at the Beginning. This allows no time for a pre-Adamic race. From this first marriage Jesus derived a standard which He applied to all marriages. This shows He believed everyone descended from Adam. Paul explicitly taught this (Acts 17:26).

Subhuman Cave Men?

Many imagine early humans as crude cave men. Evolutionists depict cave men as inarticulate subhuman savages. Genesis, however, paints a radically different portrait of earliest man.

The first man, Adam, demonstrated stunning intellectual skills by single-handedly naming each animal kind on Day 6. Men in Genesis developed agriculture, metallurgy, and musical instruments. They built many cities, the world’s largest pre-20th-Century ship, and a sky-scraping tower.

The evolutionary myth of early man as a grunting, knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing ignoramus is willfully ignorant fiction without any historical basis. The historical record in Genesis reveals highly intelligent early men who rapidly built advanced civilizations.

Jesus Himself certainly believed early man was fully human. To emphasize that the first pair was fully human, I think Jesus would cite Genesis 1, “God created man (Hebrew ‘adam’) in His own image.” It logically follows that Jesus would believe all descendants of Adam and Eve, including cave men, are fully human.

Cave Men

Did cave men ever exist? Certain “cave man” fossils proved to be complete hoaxes, such as Piltdown Man, Nebraska Man, and Colorado Man. Other fossils were merely apes (Java Man, Peking Man, and Australopithecus). Others, however, were fully human: Neanderthals painted, used musical instruments, and buried their dead. In some fossils, bone diseases had caused deformed skeletons, initially misleading their discoverers.

Cave men are simply men who lived in caves. Many examples exist throughout history.

Southwestern American Indians inhabited caves. General Douglas MacArthur and his troops stayed in caves on Corregidor during World War II. Turkey has dozens of underground cave cities with hundreds of churches and thousands of cave apartments eight levels deep. Some were still used in the 1970s; some have been remodeled as tourist hotels. Men inhabit caves today in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other countries. Australian cave men have their own TVs.

Christianity’s first church may have been a mountain cave overlooking Antioch, the Roman Empire’s third largest city. Here Peter, Paul, and Luke preached. The church’s escape passage involved a honeycomb of tunnels and caves. Believers were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26).

Who was the first cave man? The first cave man we know of was Lot, Abraham’s nephew. He lived with his daughters in a cave after escaping Sodom 4,000 years ago. (Genesis 19:30)

Caves were frequently burial sites. Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah were all buried in a cave Abraham purchased. Joshua executed five Amorite kings at the end of the Long Day and buried them in a cave. Both Lazarus and Jesus were buried in caves. Many supposed cave man finds are burials, including most Neanderthals.

Caves are great hide-outs. In the days of Gideon and later Saul, Israelites hid from Midianites and Philistines in caves. Obadiah helped 100 prophets hide from Queen Jezebel in caves. Elijah lodged in a cave after his Mt. Carmel victory over the prophets of Baal. Hebrews 11:38 extols cave men “of whom the world was not worthy.

History’s most famous cave man is David, King of Israel. For years while on the run from King Saul, David and his 600-man-band lived in caves in the Judean wilderness. David even wrote Psalm 142 in a cave. Outlaws still use David’s caves today.

These Biblical cave men were hardly feeble-minded brutes. Many were exceptional people. Scripture describes men of faith, including some cave men, with this encomium:
Who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. (Hebrews 11:33-34)

Cave men are not pre-historic, not pre-Adamic, not sub-human. They are real men who live in caves.

Now let’s answer my title question:
Would you marry a cave man?
Well, why not? Why not marry a cave man? Thousands of women have done so, and have lived in contentment. They simply share a different place of residence.

Abigail in the Bible is an example of a woman who married a cave man. The Bible describes Abigail as an “intelligent and beautiful” woman and a woman of “discernment” (1 Samuel 25:3,32-33). This intelligent, beautiful, and discerning woman married a cave man! She married David while he was living in caves on the run from King Saul (1 Samuel 25:42).

Cave men appear throughout history and even today. All cave men, ancient and modern, are fully human descendants of Adam and Eve.

Questions to Ponder

1. Does one’s abode, clothing, or food affect whether or not one is human? Why or why not?
2. How can you counter the prevailing myth of cave men as brutes rather than as God’s well-fashioned handiwork?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Rebus answer: Don’t believe everything you hear.
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(Click Rebus puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday February 13, 2018 A.D.

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)

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