“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.”
There are numerous sites where evidence that people once lived in caves has been studied. It’s an ancient idea that the first primitive human beings, on their way from becoming apes to humans, lived in caves. Greek and Roman evolutionists wrote about it over 2,000 years ago. However, we need to ask whether people who lived in caves are truly less human than we are today.
When we think of the term “cavemen”, we usually think of creatures that are less than human. Evolutionary belief has had its effect even on minds that accept the truth of the Bible’s account of creation. Several years ago, a group of so-called “primitive” cave people – called the Tasaday – were reportedly discovered in the Philippines. Dozens of scientific papers and articles were written about them, showing how they supposedly represented ancient man. Then it was discovered that the entire tribe was a hoax.
Later, Indonesian Christians made contact with another cave-dwelling people. These people, the Basap, live in a remote area of Indonesia. The Christians presented the gospel to the chief and left. Nine months later, they returned to find the fruit of their labors. One hundred members of the tribe said that they believed that Christ is their Savior. Baptisms were carried out with the chief’s blessing.
The lesson is that from the very first individual, human beings have been fully and completely human. Each has been a creation of God, loved and sought by Him. And God has a special place in His heart for those we often consider the very least among us.
I thank You, heavenly Father, that You have loved me, not based on my own goodness or worth, but based on Your mercy and forgiveness in Christ. Help me to love others, even if I see nothing lovable in them. Amen.
“Harvest Among Cave-dwelling Basaps.” The Church Around the World, Feb. 1992. Illustration of a caveman hunting a brown bear.