Cave Mysteries

2 Samuel 22:31
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”

Have you ever been in a cave? If you have, perhaps someone has told you that the rock formations hanging from the ceiling – called stalactites – are thousands or even tens of thousands of years old. Scientists tell us that stalactites take 100 years, on the average, to grow one inch. But just how accurate is this figure?

stalactitesStalactites grow where water seeps through limestone rock, dissolving limestone in the process. When this water, containing dissolved limestone, emerges from the roof of a cave, it hangs for a moment. In a current of air, some of it evaporates, causing the limestone to deposit. Finally, the remaining water drops to the floor of the cave and continues to evaporate and deposit. The deposit on the floor is called a stalagmite.

A concrete railroad bridge in Wooster, Ohio had a stalactite growing under it that was over 12 inches long! Had the railroad bridge been standing for more than 1,200 years? Obviously not – in fact, the bridge had been cleaned of stalactites only 12 years before! Nor is this situation unusual. More than 300 stalactites were counted growing under bridges in just this one city, and stalactites are not hard to find under concrete bridges in most cities.

We take so many things at face value that evolutionists tell us about the world, even if they contradict the Bible. Before we start taking human words on faith, we should take at face value what the Creator says in the Bible. He knows more than all scientists put together and is to be trusted above any human teacher!

Lord, men find so much to be afraid of, and I confess that I, too, fear too much. Yet, mankind runs away from You, the One Who could calm all their fears. Help me to see that when I am afraid I am running too. Forgive me, and let my trust in You for all things become stronger. Amen.

Photo: Concrete stalactites. Courtesy of Nikola Smolenski. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Serbia license.